To optimize your thermal comfort, the installation of a control device is essential. Indeed, it allows you to intelligently regulate the temperature inside your house, apartment, or office. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn more about heat control in France.
The principle of heating control devices
The NF EN 12098 standard covers control equipment for hot water heating systems up to 120 °C. This standard also covers controllers with an integrated start-stop and start-optimized control function. A heating control system is essential to maintain a stable comfort temperature. It allows to start or stop the heating. A heating controller provides excellent thermal comfort and stability, whether individual or centralized. It also prevents sudden temperature variations. In addition, it allows considerable savings. Greenhouse gas emissions are thus reduced.
Heating control equipment
From the simplest to the most sophisticated, there are several types of heating control equipment, such as:
The outdoor sensor
It is often placed on the coldest façade of a house. It measures the outside temperature to control the operation of the heating. It switches on or off even before the temperature rises or falls. According to the temperature variation in the house, it acts on the boiler. Coupled with an ambient corrector, it modifies the water temperature in the heating network. You should spend at least 45 to 100 dollars to purchase an outdoor sensor.
The room thermostat
This device is used to measure the ambient temperature of the reference room of a dwelling, especially in the living room. It can be used to control the house’s central or electric heating system. The central heating controller is compatible with the room thermostat and the outdoor sensor.
Comparing the room temperature with this one starts or stops the system. It tells the boiler how much energy it must provide to reach the desired temperature. It is installed on a wall not exposed to UV rays, about 1.5 m above the ground. Its cost varies from 30 to 400 dollars.
Thermostatic radiator valves
These are individual regulators that control the operation of the heat emitters. With them, each room can be managed separately and differently. Thermostatic valves can be used alone or in addition to centralized regulation. They are installed on water radiators. The ADEME has proved that the installation of thermostatic valves can reduce costs by up to 5%. Moreover, they are very attractively priced, between 20 and 70 dollars.
Integrated electronic thermostats
Electronic thermostats are mainly reserved for rooms with a temperate atmosphere, such as the entrance hall of an apartment or house, the office, bedrooms, etc. They are installed directly on the electric radiators (radiant panels, inertia, radiant heaters, convectors). The regulation of the radiators is made in a very precise way.
They operate independently of the boiler. They work independently of the boiler. But to save more money, there should not be too much difference between the temperature supplied by the boiler and the temperature supplied by the valve. Compared to other heating control equipment, built-in electronic thermostats are less expensive. Their cost varies between 10 and 25 dollars.
This is a connected device consisting of a thermistor and a temperature sensor. It allows you to control the temperature provided by the heater. Thanks to its connected system, it can be controlled remotely via an application on a tablet or smartphone.
The hot water tank thermostat
When the desired temperature is reached, this device cuts off the heating supply. When the temperature is no longer the same, the thermostat turns the power back on. Whatever your choice, always call a heating engineer. He or she is in the best position to advise you on the right control equipment for your system.
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