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Adding Additional Controls To Your Heating System

Are you interested in reducing your energy bills and lowering your carbon emissions? Want to make your home a more comfortable environment? Do you want to make adjusting your boiler easier?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you will enjoy this article. In it, I will be sharing some of the additional controls which can be added to your heating system.

These controls can improve the performance, reliability, and efficiency of your heating system. They can also make it easier to configure your boiler or change heating settings in your home.

If you are interested in learning more about adding controls to your heating system or have any questions, give Quantum Gas Engineering a call on +44 20 3633 2322.

What Extra Controls Are Available?

Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRV)
If you have a reasonably new heating system, you should have a TRV installed on your radiators already. This device is designed to reduce the rate that water flows through a boiler when the temperature goes above a certain setting. It can reduce energy consumption as the boiler isn’t working as hard, saving you money and reducing carbon emissions.

If you have TRVs installed on your radiators, make sure you check their settings. Most people will use their TRVs incorrectly by leaving them in the full open position. If you need to adjust a TRV, turn it down to level two then assess if the room is a comfortable temperature. If you require more heat, gradually turn it up.

It’s important to note that radiator covers shouldn’t be fitted when using TRVs as they need to sense the temperature of the air around them accurately. A radiator cover makes the TRV think the room temperature is higher than it actually is.

If you don’t have TRVs, installed, give Quantum Gas Engineering a call. They really are a fantastic way to cut down your energy bills.

Smart TRV’s
Smart TRVs are electronic devices with wifi or bluetooth connectivity. The homeowner can connect to the TRV using software on a tablet, mobile phone, or computer, allowing them to change the TRV’s setting remotely.

These devices allow for some very exciting features including highly accurate temperature controls, climate zones, and advanced timer controls. Smart TRVs make it simple to control the temperature in different rooms and turn down radiators when you are not home. These devices are an easy way to creating superior levels of comfort in your home and save money on your energy bills.

Outdoor Weather Stations
Weather compensation technology has been around for some years now. A device is used to read the outside temperature then forward the information to your boiler. The boiler will then know how much it should adjust its heating temperature to suit the weather conditions. It can prolong the lifespan of your boiler, reduce energy usage and improve comfort.

Smart Thermostats
Companies including Nest, Hive, Vaillant, and Wave have developed ‘smart thermostat’ devices which gives you additional control over your heating system’s operation.

These devices are wifi enabled and operate in conjunction with your smart phone or tablet. They can use the Internet and communicate with other devices including smart thermostats, temperature sensors, boilers, and TRVs.

You can use a smart thermostat to automate tasks like turning heating appliances when you are on your way home from work or automatically turning it down when you leave the house. Your also apply heating profiles and provide detailed statistics on energy use or heating requirements.

Smart thermostats can also obtain weather data via the Internet or connect to an outdoor weather station to learn what the temperature is outside. This allows the thermostat to modulate the boiler heating output based on current temperature, which can lead to significantly lower gas bills.

Load Compensation
If you have just come home from work and the house is very cold, you really want the boiler thermostat to be set high so it warms up quickly. However, if the house is already warm and you only need to increase the temperature by a couple of degrees, you don’t need the boiler to fully engage. If it fills up all radiators it will use a large amount of energy and possibly over-heat your property.

A load compensator helps by monitoring the internal temperature of your home’s thermostat and the internal temperature. It then adjusts the output of the boiler to avoid overheating.

So, if your thermostat is set to 23 degrees and the internal temperature of your home is already 22 degrees, the load compensator will prevent the boiler form running at 100% power to avoid overheating. If your thermostat is set to 23 degrees and the internal temperature of your home is 15 degrees, it will maximise boiler output so it can heat up quickly.

Interesting In Adding Some More Controls To Your Heating System?

If you are interested in making your heating system more reliable, efficient, or convenient to use, give Quantum Gas Engineering a call. We will help you select the appropriate components to add to your heating system. Give us a call on +44 20 3633 2322.

Quantum Gas Engineering Ltd. Are Accredited Viessmann installers.

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