Heating controls Kent: CoControl and Radfan

LEAD AGENCY: Sustainable Home Survey Company
OTHER PARTNERS:  CoControl
PROJECT SUMMARY: Forty (40) fuel poor properties across Kent will receive installations of a Radfan and/or a CoControl system. The Radfan is an air circulation device which increases warm air flow from radiators, distributing the heat to where it is most needed.  The device fits on top of standard radiators and has a thermostatic switch which ensures the fan only operates while the radiator is hot.The CoControl is a cloud-based smart heating control system.  It adjusts the heating based on residents’ comfort and heating schedules, rather than them manually turning their heating on and off or using it longer than necessary. The CoControl includes a temperature and humidity sensor, a remote control (“Comfort Switch”) and the boiler control unit. The boiler control unit is installed in parallel with the residents’ existing thermostats, therefore a resident can revert back to their original heating system at any time if they do not feel the CoControl is working as they would like.  The resident’s heating schedule is programmed into the system during installation along with their desired ‘comfort temperature’.  A remote control can be used to increase / decrease the temperature or turn the heating on / off as required.
EVALUATION METHODOLOGY: Conduct interviews with a sample of households to capture behaviours and previous energy expenditure.  Supplement household interviews with analysis of the internal temperature and humidity data logged in the main living area. In a sample of properties, plug-in energy monitors will be used to monitor the Radfan’s electricity use. Monitoring will be for 12 months, and will include a full winter heating period.
PROJECT OUTCOMES: The study will determine the benefits and potential savings from both CoControl and Radfan.  The CoControl system was designed specifically for fuel poor tenants and developed with Social Housing providers in mind.  The suitability of the system for vulnerable residents and ease of use will be investigated.  The results will help guide social landlords on plans to upgrade heating system in their properties and to improve thermal comfort for residents in the future.
REGION IN WHICH PROJECT WILL BE DELIVERED:  South East
LOCAL AUTHORITY AREA/KEY LOCATIONS IN WHICH PROJECT WILL BE DELIVERED:  Kent and Camden
DETAILS OF TECHNOLOGIES TRIALLED:
  • Radfan – warm air circulation device
  • CoControl – intelligent heating control system
ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS ASSISTED
NEA GRANT WITH MATCH FUNDING MATCH TOTAL
40 40
The report relating to this project will not be published due to matters beyond the control of the project team.
More information can be obtained from the Technical manager at NEA if required – Michael Hamer (0191) 269 2904.
Published on 09-02-2017
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