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Smart heating

Postby Mega Ron on Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:34 pm

I assume some have this?

Not you Dan. You probably make everyone do exercise to keep warm.

I've been looking at a Honeywell Evohome system. I assume I'll need the specialist thermostats on each radiator that I'd want to zone?
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Re: Smart heating

Postby DasNutNock on Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:41 pm

I have a wireless thermostat, so wherever it is, the temperature is what I want it to be. By which I mean it is cold.

Don’t need individual rad controls.
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Re: Smart heating

Postby Mega Ron on Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:52 pm

DasNutNock wrote:I have a wireless thermostat, so wherever it is, the temperature is what I want it to be. By which I mean it is cold.

Don’t need individual rad controls.


I assume you operate one cold zone then rather than separate zones of increasing coldness.
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Re: Smart heating

Postby DasNutNock on Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:00 pm

Yeah, we got a new boiler fitted in November, when we redid the kitchen, so in addition to getting the rads balanced and new actuators/controls etc, we went for the wireless thermostat. The upstairs rooms are hotter under normal circumstances, so if we put the thermostat in the baby's room, the rest of the house goes fairly cool. If we have it in the front room, the upstairs rooms are warmer, by comparison. Works fine for us, but if you want to be able to specify the temps in each room individually, you'll need those separate rad controls.
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Re: Smart heating

Postby DasNutNock on Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:30 pm

BTW, don't get smart meters. I spend all day staring at mine, trying to find more inventive ways of not using any gas or electricity.
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Re: Smart heating

Postby Hugh Jargon II on Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:06 pm

Oh deary me. I have a hive system linked to my alexa. I'm sad right now. Pardon?
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Re: Smart heating

Postby Algarve Hammer on Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:21 pm

Unless one has been invented that will carry the logs in and feed my wood burner,
I have no need for one. :lol:
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Re: Smart heating

Postby Greatest Cockney Rip Off on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:10 pm

Algarve Hammer wrote:Unless one has been invented that will carry the logs in and feed my wood burner,
I have no need for one. :lol:


My sister has one of them. Jesus, they don't half pump out some heat. Was very surprised at how much heat is generated from them.
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Re: Smart heating

Postby Mega Ron on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:25 pm

Hugh Jargon II wrote:Oh deary me. I have a hive system linked to my alexa. I'm sad right now. Pardon?


Do you have the individual rad controls?

Hie is just the operating system/thermostat isn't it?
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Re: Smart heating

Postby DasNutNock on Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:34 pm

Think you can get individual hive rad valves, too, which is quite smart - if expensive, at £40 a pop.

EDIT - I could be talking b*llocks actually.
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Re: Smart heating

Postby southbrishammer on Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:28 pm

I used to have a wireless thermostat which stayed in the hall and controlled overall heat to the system, with individual 1-5 controls on each radiator. When we switched it on this winter, something had gone wrong with the wireless transmitter, such that the boiler was switching on and off independently from the thermostat. Multiple attempts to reset each part failed, and replacing the thermostat like for like was going to cost around £200.

My solution was to just get a wired thermostat, but Mrs SBH told me that was taking a step back technologically; she wanted a hive type thing, but I showed her the price, and pointed out that as a stay at home mum, she didn't really need to control everyting off her mobile.

What we ended up with was individual timed thermostat valves for each radiator. As a bulk purchase they worked out about £15 each, and mean we can have the kid's bedroom radiators switching off earlier than ours when they have gone to bed, and bathroom/downstairs loo cooler than living areas. Mrs SBH finds them complicated, but they really aren't, once you have set them up properly and tweaked the times and temperatures.

The one problem we still have is that the boiler switches itself off a lot because there is no wifi signal to switch it back on (even though it is set to 'always on'), so several times a day we have to press a button on the boiler to wake it up. But we can leave that until next year's boiler service...
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