Each room or zone is controlled by its own thermostat, typically with setback temperatures, optimised start, frost protection and 7-day programmability.
This will allow the user to adjust the heating or set different temperatures for different parts of the day. Fully zoning a typical 3-bedroom house such that each room is controlled by its own thermostat and programmed to heat the rooms based on a typical usage pattern will reduce heating costs by 20% on average.
The more controllable the thermostat the more you will be able to control regulation of temperature in the room.
Using a Smart Thermostat such as the Warmup 4iE to control the floor heating ensures energy-efficient heating with long-term cost-savings on your heating bills. The 4IE thermostat uses air and floor sensors to control the temperature of each zone.
Usually an air temperature sensor located on a convenient wall in the controlled zone but may be integrated with the zone controller.
Outside air temperature sensor – Screened sensor ideally located on the north wall of the building. Used as an input to the weather compensation control algorithm which can be sent directly to the heat source or work in combination with a flow water temperature sensor on the manifold.
Underfloor temperature sensor – A sensor embedded in the screed. This is used to set maximum and minimum temperature limits for the floor and can also be used as part of an optimum start algorithm.
Building management systems
In some instances, a specialist BMS (Building Management System) are installed and connected to the manifold for seamless operation.
That receives inputs from various sensors and zone controllers and control the operation of manifold control valves, pumps and heat source as necessary.