Types of Controls in Central Heating

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Two newly installed HVAC units

There are two categories of HVAC systems for your property; decentralized and centralized systems. Decentralized systems have equipment located in different places in and out of your building while centralized ones have all their components in one place.

Your exterior aesthetics, available space, long-term maintenance, and the heat amount generated in an enclosed area are a few aspects that will guide your choice between the two HVAC systems. Although decentralized systems are slowly gaining popularity among Knoxville residents, centralized heating and cooling systems remain the leading choice.

This is because the systems have minimal damage on your property, are energy-efficient and inexpensive to install and maintain. Moreover, they are far easier to control compared to decentralized systems. The following are some of the types of controls used in central heating and cooling systems.

Timers or Programmers

Programmers will allow you to control the time when your central heating systems will be switched on and off. This will prove handy when no one is around to switch off your heating systems or when people forget to turn it on and off.

Most central heating timers are nowadays digital and thus easier to operate compared to the manual ones in the past. To make this timer work best for your indoor comfort, set it to switch on about thirty minutes before people come home and switch off half an hour after they leave.

Room Thermostat

This is often found in your living room or hallway. It monitors your indoor temperature then sends a signal to your boiler to generate heat or switch off if the property is warm enough.

Room thermostats are often set at 18–21 degrees Celsius though people with health issues and those in cold climates might need higher than this. Some modern central heating controls combine timers and thermostats, allowing you to have different temperature settings at various times throughout the day.

Thermostatic Radiator Valves

These allow the control of your indoor temperature through the regulation of water flow through the radiators. If for instance, you will spend most of your time downstairs, you can set the downstairs radiator high or medium and the one upstairs on low.

It is advisable not to switch off your radiators for an extended period since freezing rooms will be left damp and encourage the growth of mold. If you are not home, set the radiators to low mode.

Smart Controls

Smart home control mobile

With the tablets and smartphones available today, you can control your indoor heating and cooling from an app. These apps allow the adjusting of your temperature from any location provided you have an internet connection. Smart controls allow you to have optimal control over your indoor temperatures and are thus quite energy efficient.

Insulation will allow you to boost your property’s energy efficiency significantly. The biggest savings for your energy bills, however, lie in the regulation of your indoor temperatures.

The above controls are hence crucial to ensure you do not spend so much to actualize your indoor comfort. Their installation is inexpensive, but you should invest in their periodic professional maintenance to ensure they work at their best and maximize your savings.


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