A method for fully automatic operation of domestic heating

TitleA method for fully automatic operation of domestic heating
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBoait, PJ, Rylatt RM
JournalEnergy and Buildings
ISBN Number0378-7788

Complex, inconvenient and badly arranged push buttons and menus on domestic heating controls often cause users to enter unsuitable settings that result in impaired comfort and poor operating efficiency. This paper proposes a novel approach to the human interface of home heating systems that greatly simplifies the input required from the user. Time settings are derived automatically from electricity consumption and hot water use, also a temperature set point is provided that adapts to user activity levels and external temperature. Practical results from a prototype control system incorporating these methods are reported, showing useful energy savings. It is argued that this increased automation of control allows the benefits of low carbon technologies such as micro-combined heat and power, and solar hot water heating, to be fully exploited. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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