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HPM December 2013

The rise of wireless controls continues Wireless heating control technology has advanced significantly and wireless products are now more reliable and functional than ever before. Simon May, of Drayton Controls, discusses developments in technology and the advantages of using wireless products for heating controls installations… For your chance to win this prize, simply enquire to answer A or B in response to this question: What size is Grässlin’s magnetic water filter ? A: 22mm B: 22cm Heating controls manufacturer, Grässlin, is giving away a prize that is guaranteed to boost the bottom line. The company is offering its product range of QEG programmers, its water treatment products, which include a magnetic filter, chemical inhibitor, cleanser and silencer, and a two-port valve, which can control water from the boiler. Grässlin’s QEG product range of programmers are the heating controls that look after the installer and their customers, while the 22mm magnetic water filter is able to remove and contain contaminants from the system. Answer A 165 REMEMBER: enter all 12 competitions, and you could win the grand prize - the lot! Answer B 166 HPM’s Festive giveaway PRIZE 12 Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com BOILERS,SERVICING&PARTS Wireless heating controls are slowly catching on among installers, as more people learn of the benefits they offer to both the homeowner and the person fitting them. However, the number of homes in the UK that feature wired heating controls still greatly outweighs the number of homes boasting wireless systems. All too often installers will replace like for like, and not consider the other options that are available for controls installations. It may be that they are not aware of the benefits that can be had from going wireless, or they might not be familiar with wireless systems at all. So just what is it that makes wireless heating controls an intelligent choice? TECHNO-LOGIC Nowadays wireless technology is far more widely used and accepted due to improvements in connectivity and reliability. Wireless heating controls now boast a raft of enhanced features that makes them function consistently including a two-way wireless connection and signal strength indicator. A two-way wireless connection allows devices to exchange data - basically to speak to each other - to ensure the desired temperature is reached in the correct rooms when it is needed. Older wireless systems would have only used a ‘point-to-point’ connection, meaning one device would send a message to the other, but not know if the request had been carried out successfully, therefore, the new two way connection is a lot more stable and dependable. Another advanced feature of wireless controls WWW.HPMMAG.COM is the signal strength indicator, which allows the installer to test how strong the signal is between paired devices in various locations. This means that installers can ensure the wireless unit is placed in an optimal position so it works to the best of its ability. This will also minimise the risk of call backs because there is less likelihood that the products will stop working. IN DEMAND It’s not just the advanced technology of wireless controls that customers can benefit from, there are large energy and cost savings to be made too. Homeowners are looking for ways to reduce the amount of household fuel they use in order to cut their bills, and controls can help. Recent research by BEAMA controls association, TACMA, has found that homeowners can make savings of over 40% with the correct installation of effective heating controls. This means there should be a huge demand for more efficient heating systems, with the cost of energy prices rising and growing concerns over carbon footprints. There’s also encouragement from the government to improve energy usage in the home with the Green Deal, an initiative where the government pays for energy saving technology to be fitted in homes, which can be paid off at a later date by the homeowners’ energy bills. This is an attempt to drive down the carbon output of all new build homes to zero by 2016 in order to help the environment. Wireless heating controls are an attractive energy saving solution for both new builds and refurbishments. The latest wireless systems offer customers the opportunity to have the newest and most advanced heating control technology in their modern home. Wireless products can be ideal for smaller retrofit installations too, because they cause a minimal amount of disruption to a building’s fabric and decor as there is no need to run new cables in walls and floors to install them. Similarly, if an installer is retrofitting an old wired system that has broken because it is faulty, the homeowner might not want a comparable system in place in case it breaks in the same way again. Wireless controls are an excellent alternative option for circumstances such as these. FUNCTION AND FASHION Modern consumers are often looking for other elements alongside reliability when it comes to heating controls, such as functionality and design. After all, if you’re moving into a brand new home or refurbishing your existing property, you’re not going to want a dated and ancient-looking device on the wall. Products can be contemporary and stylish, and wall mounted or freestanding using a table stand, depending on the needs and preferences of the homeowner. Being able to understand how to operate the controls is likely to be a major consideration too. 62 DECEMBER 2013 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY enquiry number 164 Grasslin product bundle PRIZE 12


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