Having installed a huge number of renewable energy systems – from heat pumps on small new build houses, to large log gasification boilers on older homes, with bivalent (two heat sources) and even trivalent (three source) systems, one of the things that we have always found lacking is control, information and performance data. Some manufacturers have fantastic controls – others take the attitude that it is best to keep the end user well away from the controls (as a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing) – and none of the systems want to work with each other.

In-home smart heating controls have rapidly evolved in the last couple of years as the major manufacturers (Honeywell, Heatmiser) and some new entrants (Nest) have developed fantastic, functional and easy to use “user interfaces” to the heating controls. Many of these systems are not only great in helping home owners reduce their bills and carbon emissions by minimising the amount of heat that we need in our homes – they are also great in commercial and public settings (offices, hotels, care homes etc.). But controlling the actual heat source for the buildings is still non-existent.

Our system though focuses on the “back end” of the heating system. No-one really knows how efficient their heating systems is – we know how efficient they should be – but not necessarily how well they are actually working.

We also analyse and interact with the functional components of the heating system – the pumps and valves that make the water flow. We can tell what is broken saving installers hours of troubleshooting – and cold spells for the homeowner whilst installers and maintenance contractors try to discover what has gone wrong.

We can greatly simplify the installation of new heating systems – particularly renewable or complex systems involving multiple sources of  heat.

None of the heating sources that one may install “interact” fully – some are capable of making decisions on how best to heat a building – but this really does depend on the controls provided by the manufacturer (which vary greatly).

Our own – manufacturer and technology independent – system that eases installation and troubleshooting. Simplifying maintenance. One that will work with any fuel type – gas, oil, biomass, heat pump, solar – or a combination of one or more sources of heat. One that will work with all of the major home heating controls – the NEST Thermostat, Honeywell’s EvoHome system or Heatmisers NeoStat heating controls. One that will allow you a simple method to set up  “if this then that” actions on your home or buildings heating systems. One that allows us to analyse the performance of the system – and any unexpected changes in performance that act as an early warning to potential future breakdowns. One that can “take action” when problems occur (be that alert us or your own service engineer, activate backup systems or close parts of the system down).

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