Many controls that were thought of as a luxury not that many years ago are now compulsory in line with efforts to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of every home.
Choosing the right control is important when installing a heating system. Not only does the control system have to provide a simple means of switching on and off, but it must also make the system fit your lifestyle, providing warmth and comfort as well as hot water when needed but without wasting valuable energy.
Additionally, since the Building Regulations changed in April 2018, known as Boiler Plus, all boiler installations must include a timer and room thermostat. In addition, combi boiler installations must also include one of the following extra energy efficiency measures:
- Weather compensation
- Load compensation
- Flue gas heat recovery
- Smart control with automation and optimisations
It stands to reason that the more the controls installed can be adjusted to perform perfectly when needed and shut down when not needed, the greater energy, thus running cost savings are going to be.
For families that keep regular hours, a simple timer control may be enough to keep the home warm when occupied and saving gas when everyone is out. Room thermostats can be turned down while rooms are empty and turned up again, when needed. Those are the minimum requirements for any boiler installation, and if you have a combi boiler, in Britain with its changeable climate, the weather compensation option is a very popular one.
If your family isn't lucky enough to have a routine that follows such a predictable pattern, then remote control and home automation may be the best choice. The systems have a full description here on their own page
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