12 Jul 2021

Getting in the zone with evohome

With the Government’s ‘10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’ and ambitious net zero goals in place, it is clear that the way we heat our homes and hot water is going to change rapidly over the next few years and beyond.

While much attention has been placed on the role of heat pumps and hydrogen in achieving the longer terms goals, there is also a clear part to be played by the choice of heating controls to ensure that both new, and existing, technologies can be run at their most effective to help meet these targets.

However, choosing the right heating control which meets current as well as future needs to be carefully considered. Bearing in mind that energy performance requirements for domestic properties are becoming more stringent, and that more financial incentives are available to encourage homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient, customers may wish to install low-carbon solutions such as heat pumps in the future, which can impact on the control specified.

By specifying a suitable heating control that will work with these growing technologies, installers can help their customers avoid obsolescence. For example, the next generation of Honeywell Home’s evohome can be used with traditional boilers and modern high-efficiency combi boilers but is now also compatible with heat pumps, making it an ideal solution both now and into the future.

Yet, while heat pumps may be some way off for many homeowners, smart thermostat controls such as evohome can also help increase system efficiencies in the here and now.

Using zoning capabilities, such as those possible with evohome, allows different areas of the house to be controlled separately. Using radiator controllers, evohome can wirelessly measures and control temperatures for up to 12 zones individually, without needing to disturb décor during installation. Advanced features including Load Scaling technology, helps to limit inefficient high return temperatures and runs the boiler in its most efficient mode, including a warm weather shutdown capability.

By providing installers with a universal solution to control how appliances consume energy across multiple zones, advanced heating controls are playing a key part in helping installers to meet customer demands and expectations, whilst at the same time supporting our industry in offering sustainable systems now.