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WWW.HPMMAG.COM Creating bespoke installations A recent study has revealed that when it comes to heating controls, a big consideration for homeowners is how easily they can interact with them and adapt systems to suit their lifestyle. Simon May, of Drayton Controls, discusses how installers can boost business by tailoring installations to suit the needs of the customer... 44 Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com DOMESTICHEATING With homeowners’ lifestyles becoming more and more diverse, the need for flexible heating systems has never been greater. But it can be tricky selecting the best combinations of controls to maximise comfort levels, while using the minimal amount of energy. So, what requirements do installers need to have in mind when making recommendations for bespoke installations? Does the system need to be flexible to suit a varied lifestyle? Check with the homeowner if they are in for the same periods each day during the week. This allows you to determine if the same routine is required each day for heating and hot water supply. Often if a homeowner works Monday to Friday then they will require heat and hot water at different times on the weekend. Also, does the homeowner spend a lot of time away from home? It could be that they travel a lot with work, and will, therefore, need a flexible system that they can set easily to fit in with these periods away from home. Is control of the temperature a major consideration? Some customers may place greater importance on being able to adjust the heating temperature easily. Does the property require zone control? Homeowners may need separate heat control for different rooms, and if a property is especially large - over 150m2 - they will need to create separate zones that will have individual time and temperature programmes. ADAPTING SYTEMS To give you an idea of the different types of customers and lifestyles and the ideal recommendations for them, here is a sample of suggestions: A single person who works long hours during the day Monday to Friday, and is away from home a lot. The best solution would be to combine a thermostat with a programmer to allow the user to set the heating and hot water to fit in with their hectic schedule. Installing a device that features universal programming options including five day/two day will allow them to set the system to provide heating and hot water at different times during the week and at weekends. Flexible holiday mode functionality – available on Drayton Mi Series controls - will also allow the programme to be altered in advance for periods when they are away from home. A working couple in their 30s who have no children and work Monday to Friday, nine to five. During the week they are at home in the evening, and will often have friends to stay over on the weekends to socialise. A programmable room thermostat would allow them time and temperature control within one unit. Wireless programmable room thermostats allow for three pre-set and easily adjustable lifestyle programmes to be customised to fit in with different weekday and weekend routines. Wireless systems are also quick and easy to install, meaning an upgrade will cause minimal disruption to the fabric and décor of the home. Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) - such as the Drayton TRV4 - can also be added to offer further temperature control, which will be ideal to lower heat in guest rooms when they aren’t being used. A working family with three teenage children who all come and go at different times of the day. The family is aware of their energy usage so need controls that can help keep their bills down. FEBRUARY 2014 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY For this scenario, the best controls solution would involve an easy-to-use seven-day programmer that would offer complete flexibility and allow the family to access heating and hot water at different times. If they have a conventional boiler with separate hot water storage, adding a cylinder thermostat will ensure the hot water is kept at a safe temperature. The installation of TRVs will mean that the family can change the temperature in each of the individual bedrooms, and a wireless digital thermostat would be ideal to allow for easy temperature control. An older family who has a large home but their two children have now left to live away at university, so they have quite a few spare rooms not being used. Combining a programmer with two digital room thermostats - available bundled in MiTime RF Pack 4 - and TRVs will enable them to create separate zones where heating can be controlled, ensuring the family is comfortable while minimising the amount of energy they use. This means the heating can be lowered to a setback level in the children’s rooms when they are away at university, and switched back on when they come home during the holidays. When the whole family is away from home, they can set the system’s holiday mode to temporarily shut down the heating so energy is not wasted. An elderly retired couple who are at home most of the day and night, and rarely leave the house. Combining a wireless room thermostat with a programmer and TRVs will create a package that will offer maximum control. As they are not very tech savvy, they will need a system that is simple to use and has a large screen so they are able to programme it easily and reap the energy and money saving benefits. So, by having these five different types of customer and the recommendations for each of them in mind, installers will be able to tweak each installation to fit the requirements, and ultimately offer a controls solution that is effective and fits in with the homeowner’s lifestyle. The Drayton Mi Series enquiry number 130


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