This morning Danfoss launched their new Z-Wave radiator thermostat. The RA Plus-w gives wireless control of your home heating system by replacing your existing radiator thermostats with this motorises unit. once installed, home heating can be controlled from a huge range Z-wave transmitter, including by means of PC interface, mobile phone and the Web.
“Danfoss, a vendor of thermal and refrigeration engineering, has with RA PLUS-w introduced a Z-Wave based radiator thermostat into the market supplying for location and time independent heating control for the entire house. using this innovative device home and apartment or condo owners can also „remotely“ control the temperature in their rooms and by doing so save on energy costs. The thermostat can be linked into a whole home control network by indicates of Z-Wave enabling it to be controlled, by means of PCs, PDAs, remote controls, mobile phones, or over the Internet. The RA-Plus-w is sold as part of home automation options from makers such as Merten, Innovus, electronic Housekeeper and others.
Heating is one of the greatest energy consumers while also an essential part of living comfort. However, the rapidly boosting energy prices are compelling house and flat owners to carry out saving procedures particularly in older buildings. According to the heating index in Germany the cost of fuel oil has, boosted by 44.3 per cent and the cost of gas by 57.8 per cent considering that the year 2000. energy conservation has become a financial imperative for a lot of homeowners.
Same comfort at minimized heat output – Even minimizing the room temperature by 1 degree saves as much as 6 per cent of the energy costs. The radiator heating thermostat developed by Danfoss supplies for minimizing the room temperature by 3 degrees at fixed intervals during the day. The Z-Wave chip integrated into the thermostats additionally supplies for linking the device into the home control network. using Z-Wave RF, technology the RA PLUS-w can communicate with other Z-Wave devices enabling remote management of heating control, by means of a centralized web interface.
Since this can be applied by means of the Internet users can take control from outside the home and manage their home energy usage based on their changing schedules or remotely adjust the thermostat to make sure that their holiday home is comfortable when they arrive. A living room can, for instance, remain warm over the day while the bedroom is heated to a pleasurable temperature just before going to bed and again at the time to get up. The RA PLUS-w can be mounted with old as well as with new radiator heating valves. The device features a mechanical freeze-protection mechanism stopping the „freezing“ of a room, even if the battery ever ran down. given that there are a lot more than one billion radiator heater thermostats currently installed, upgrading to the RA PLUS-w would supply energy-saving on a significant scale.”
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