Home Automation Heating with Z-Wave
Z-Wave Heating Control
Z-Wave is a wireless home automation technology that has products available from many vendors (50+ on Vesternet). This means that whatever type of device or thing you would like to do, there will be a Z-Wave device available.
Z-Wave has a number of features that make it ideal for wireless home automation and heating control.
All Z-Wave devices work in a system (sometimes called a network), at the heart of the system is the Z-Wave controller. All devices are 'added' to the system so that the controller can see them. You're then able to control and monitor them from a computer, phone or tablet. More information about the basics of a Z-Wave system are shown in - Home Automation System Overview - How it Works.
Every device reports its status, so you always know which if your heating is On or Off and what temperature it is set to.
Z-Wave automatically repeats signals through mains-powered devices and decides on the best route for the signals to take. This helps eliminate dead-spots and enables it to cover a wider area (range).
Smartphone and Remote Access
The Z-Wave controller connects to your Wi-Fi Router allowing you to control the lights from a smartphone or tablet while you're at home or even away.
Scenes allow you to control a number of Z-Wave devices as a single group. The scene can set different zones to different temperatures at different times of the day.
Using Z-Wave to control your heating will give you a high degree of control and can be part of a complete Z-Wave home automation system also controlling your lights and security. However, creating a heating system, particularly a multi-zoned system based on Z-Wave can become very complex to program and configure. If you are looking for a system to just control your heating, and do it easily and very well, then our Honeywell Connected and evohome and Wi-Fi heating systems may be a better solution.
Automating your heating system
How you have Z-Wave control your heating depends on the type of heating you have and how you wish for it to work. We've divided these into the most common systems, each section includes a separate guide giving you more information on how it will work in reality. As well as the products listed, we have a huge range of installation and configuration guides, all backed by our renowned technical support.
Boiler - Radiator System (Basic Single Thermostat)
This is the traditional heating and hot water system in many homes in the UK and Europe. A central boiler heats water that is circulated through wall mounted radiators around the home. A single thermostat, usually in the hall, regulates the temperature for the whole house and the boiler is controlled by a timer. The boiler also provides hot water.More Information...
Boiler - Radiator System (Multi-Zone)
Being able to control the temperature of different parts of your home through the day can make using your heating more convenient and will give you significant savings. An example would be to create two zones. During the day only one zone is active and in the evening both become active. This is a great idea if you work from home during the day and only need a small number of rooms heating.More Information...
Electric Panel Heaters
This type of heating is often found in rural homes that don't have a gas or oil supply. Each panel heater is wired to the mains, most have an integrated thermostat that controls that particular panel. There is rarely a room or house thermostat to control the system as a whole. The systems are expensive to run, so any intelligent control that you can add will quickly save you money as well as making the system more convenient to use and monitor.More Information...
Under-Floor Heating (Water)
These systems use a central boiler to heat the water which is circulated around the system, they often include multiple zones. Home Automation enables you to more easily control the heating together with your home automation appliances in one system. It also allows you to control the system remotely from the office, in the car or anywhere.More Information...
Under-Floor Heating (Electric)
Electric underfloor heating (UFH) systems are relatively self contained, but the home automation system will allow you to control it from one integrated system and control it remotely.More Information...
Extending Z-Wave Systems
Most Z-Wave systems can be extended to work with other systems such as Nest and Philips Hue Lighting.
Using Z-Wave with Nest
You can link your Z-Wave system to the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect Smoke/CO Alarm, allowing you to create a single integrated system.
Using Z-Wave with Philips Hue
As well as controlling your heating, a Z-Wave system can control your lighting using Z-Wave devices, or other systems such as Philips Hue.
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