Intelligent Zoned HeatingIntelligent heating through zoning offers even greater potential for energy saving. In fact, the difference between a single smart thermostat and a smart zoned heating system is significant. According to Ofgem (2014) a multizoned heating system could save up to £400 off the annual dual fuel bill of £1385. Compared to the £150 offered by single smart thermostats, this seems an attractive prospect. Multi zone heating allows individual rooms or zones to be heated to a specific temperature, at a specific time of day. This is usually achieved through the use of smart thermostatic radiator valves and it means you don’t waste energy or money heating rooms that no-one’s using. For example, if you usually take the dogs for a long, muddy walk on Sunday afternoons, the radiators and underfloor heating in the utility room will warm the room ready for when you return to ensure your coat and boots dry quickly. Multi zone heating can be tailored to your schedule to ensure your heating is completely optimised for the way in which you use your home. So now that we’ve looked at the benefits of a multi zone heating system, let’s take a look at a couple of options that you might consider.
Honeywell EvoHomeHoneywell were the first to introduce the circular thermostat as we know it way back in 1953. Since then, they’ve been busy bringing things up to date and now offer a single smart thermostat, a voice controlled thermostat (yes, really!) and their multizone heating offering, Honeywell Evohome. With Honeywell Evohome, you can control up to 12 zones in your home. Honeywell Evohome can be purchased from several professional plumbing and heating websites. For a zoned heating system with four radiators, you’d need the following (prices are approximate):
- WiFi Controller: £185
- Wireless relay box: £80
- Mobile access kit: £50
- 4 pack radiator adapters: £200
- Total: £515
Loxone AirSimilar to Honeywell, with Loxone Air, you can enjoy a wireless zoned heating system, which is ideal for retrofitting. For a zoned heating system with four radiators, you’d need the following:
- Miniserver Go: £297
- Nano IO Air (wireless relay box): £90
- 4 x Valve Actuator Air (Radiator valve actuator): £288
- Mobile access: Included
- Total: £675
Is It Worth It?Whether you opt for a single zone smart thermostat or a multizone system, either will bring considerable savings. However, if you’ve got the money to invest in a multi zone heating, you’ll reap the greatest rewards long-term. In terms of seeing a return on your investment, the payback time is very similar to the single zone smart thermostats. You’re likely looking at a payback time of 2 years when you take into consideration the increased saving potential that comes with multizone systems. Long-term, zoned heating is a better investment, since after the initial 2 year payback period, the annual savings for a multizone system are twice that of the single zone thermostats.
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