Changing to a smart heating system reduces emissions, allowing you to save money and have a lower impact on the environment.
However, how can we know whether our system is compatible with a smart heating system such as IRSAP NOW?
In this article we will try to answer this question, to help you understand the cases in which it is possible to adopt a smart heating management system.
Autonomous or centralised? Which heating system is the IRSAP NOW System compatible with?
When we think about adopting a smart heating system for Optimising your own useage and saving money, the first question we ask ourselves is whether it is compatible with our heating system.
On this subject, the first thing we need to know is that a smart heating system like IRSAP NOW is compatible with any type of system.
The IRSAP NOW heating system is actually compatible with both autonomous systems, with an independent boiler, and with a centralised system, with a boiler that is shared by several homes.
That is not all: in both cases, by adding a smart heating system, it is possible to obtain the most from your system, considerably improving performance, thanks to the advanced functions that it offers.
How to get to know the advantages of smart heating with an autonomous or centralised system
Specifically, to start learning about the advantages and benefits that a smart system such as IRSAP NOW can provide with an autonomous heating system, the Smart Thermostart Kit is the one for you.
In fact, just a small investment will provide you with a smart thermostat that not only measures the temperature precisely, but also has advanced functions such as humidity and air quality sensors.
These two sensors can monitor the air we breathe every day at home, and provide a handy indicator for improving its quality, and therefore our daily well-being.
On the other hand, for a centralised system, the best way to start trying out the advantages and benefits provided by a smart heating system is our Smart Valve Kit.
Starting with this kit, that includes a Connection Unit and 2 smart thermostatic valves, you can begin to experience an advanced multi-zone function that allows you to set different temperatures in various areas of the home.
So, if you have a basement room that you only use occasionally, you can use this function to heat the room only when you need to, thus optimising consumption and saving considerably in terms of both emissions and costs.
Single-pipe or two-pipe system? Which water distribution system is compatible with a smart heating system?
When considering changing to a smart heating system, another element to think about may be the way in which heat dissipates, which our heating system is based on, i.e. the single-pipe or two-pipe water distribution system.
Let's take a look at it together.
In a single-pipe heating system, there is a single flow pipe that transports the hot water through each radiator until it reaches the end of the circuit, then the same pipe becomes the return pipe
This system is usually used in small systems, as even though it is a circuit that goes from radiator to radiator, it requires few metres of pipes.
With the single pipe, the same water has to pass through each radiator, progressively cooling down, with the result that the water temperature in the last radiator is lower than the temperature at the entry point to the first radiator.
On the other hand, in a two-pipe system, the flow pipe and the return pipe are separate, and the attachments for heating each radiator separately are joined to each pipe.
This is a much more complex system, but one that can guarantee a more even distribution of heat inside each radiator compared to the single pipe.
Obviously, compared to a single-pipe system, in this cases a larger number of pipes is required and therefore a higher number of attachments must be carried out.
Single-pipe or two-pipe system: how to integrate them with a smart heating system
In all cases, both single-pipe and two-pipe systems, whatever the method used to distribute the water used in our system, it is possible to use a smart heating system.
In both situations, in fact, the most important factor is having radiators with thermostat-compatible valves, that can regulate the water flow inside the radiator via a small piston that contracts and expands as the temperature changes.
For the single-pipe system, in fact, each radiator usually has a valve at the bottom that manages both the flow and the return.
This is because on the single-pipe system, both connections are basically in the same place, and it is therefore necessary to distribute the hot water throughout the radiator.
On the other hand, the radiators in two-pipe systems have two regulating mechanisms: one valve at the top and a holder at the bottom.
In this case too, the flow valve must be thermostat-compatible to be able to change to a smart heating system such as IRSAP NOW.
Another important factor to bear in mind when deciding whether to use smart thermostatic valves is the size of the connector,
Smart valves like the ones used in the IRSAP NOW system are compatible with a standard M30x1.5 connector. IRSAP NOW supplies 6 specific adaptors inside the package.
How do I know whether the IRSAP NOW system is compatible with my radiator?
When wondering about the compatibility of a smart heating system such as IRSAP NOW with a certain radiator, you should know that actually, you are referring to smart thermovalve compatibility.
The IRSAP NOW Smart Valves are compatible with all the main valve manufacturers, and can be installed by you, following the tutorial videos available on the app.
In particular, to know how to replace a traditional valve with a smart valve, you must first check that the valve being replaced is thermostat-compatible.
Specifically, a valve is thermostat-compatible when it has a small piston that contracts and expands as the temperature changes, and can regulate the flow of water inside the radiator.
Once this requisite has been checked, the second thing to check is the size of the valve connector.
IRSAP NOW smart valves are compatible with a standard M30x1.5 connector, for which 6 specific adaptors are supplied inside the package.
Underfloor heating Not a problem:IRSAP NOW is compatible
Up to this point, we have addressed the problem of compatibility that anyone with a convection heating system that works through radiators and who is debating whether to change to a smart heating system could encounter.
We now want to concentrate on the possibility for anyone with underfloor heating to change to a smart heating system.
In this case too, in fact, replacing the traditional thermostats with smart thermostats means you can change to an advanced smart heating system.
By changing to an IRSAP NOW smart thermostat, not only can you measure the room temperature where it is installed more precisely, but you can also control air humidity and quality.
Installing a thermostat in each room means that you can use the multi-zone function, optimally heating your home by managing the heat inside the home, maximising comfort and reducing consumption.
The Smart Thermostat allows you to precisely set and measure the temperature of the room in which it is installed. Thanks to its advanced functionalities it also allows you to control humidity and air quality.
Connection Unit & Repeater
The Connection Unit is connected to your home router and is indispensable for controlling all the other devices in the system from wherever and whenever you want directly from your smartphone.