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88 HEATING, VENTILATION & SERVICES


Staying in the comfort zone


The talk of the town is sustainability and energy efficiency, yet many homes still run heating through a single thermostat. Toby Howard-Willis, Technical Engineer of JG Speedfit, looks at how to achieve zonal heating and why it should be the next big trend of property design


tailored control. However, heating, one of our most used commodities, is still lagging far behind in terms of widespread use and adoption. The majority of UK homes still use a single thermostat to control the heating, which is inefficient and wasteful on resources. When we look to the aforementioned lighting industry, it would be simply ridiculous to think one switch controls all the lights within a property. Yet, this is how many of us live with the heating. The issue is, using a single central


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thermostat to control heating for the entire house does not take into our account our lifestyles, our habits, and our room usage. A working couple’s lifestyle will be vastly different to that of a retired couple, for


e live in an age of ‘smart’… smartphones, smart tablets, smart lighting, all to give us better,


on a zone-by-zone basis. By contrast, homes using single thermostats will heat up the whole house when only a few rooms are in use, thus wasting energy. Despite these benefits for homeowners, the


instance. Our heating patterns should mirror how the house is used to maximise energy efficiency. This is where heating zones and underfloor heating (UFH) are needed.


The best position? The definition of a heating zone is a space within a property, where heating times and temperatures are controlled by a single thermostat. Overall energy consumption and heating costs can be vastly reduced by heating


common concern is initial cost of installing which may require rewiring. Not so. Thermostats like the JG Aura range are available in wireless form, enabling it to be positioned anywhere. They also offer homeowners the additional benefit of controlling their heating remotely via an app on their smart devices. When typical heating usage accounts


for 60 per cent of a home’s energy consumption, it’s time the UK building industry jumps out of their own comfort zone, to deliver comfort zones, and fuel savings our homeowners deserve.


01895 449233 www.speedfitUFH.co.uk


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ADF SEPTEMBER 2018


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