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Heat Controller setup


winromulus

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Hello,

 

I'm new to the forum and I do apologize if this is not the correct location to post this. If incorrect, please move this topic to the correct category.

 

Preamble:

I want to use Fibaro to automate heating inside my apartment and create heating zones. The heating source is an apartment boiler which needs to be turned on/off to heat the agent that gets circulated through the heating pipes and radiators. I have the boiler control set up with Fibaro switches and it works very well.

I am planning on installing Fibaro Heat Controllers on all radiators to control heating zones, but my problem is knowing when to start the boiler. As an example, for two rooms, Room1 and Room2, if Room1 needs heating, I need to know to turn on the boiler and rely on Room2 heat controller to not allow heating agent in that room's radiator.

 

My question:

Do the Heat Controller thermostats have any way of reporting that they need heating or that they're open to circulate heating agent? The direction I'm going with this is to query the thermostats in a scene to determine if they're open and then start the boiler which will pump agent through the whole system. If none of the thermostats are open, then stop the boiler.

I cannot keep the boiler running all the time due to expense and strain on the pump.

 

Any thoughts or insights?

 

Thanks

 

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Thanks @Flash - It looks like the Warming Prioritizer plugin is what is needed to control the boiler automatically.  I was about to post that it didn't work but I missed the step to "soft reconfigure" the heat controllers after updating the firmware so they weren't visible at first.  If it doesn't work, I'll let you know. Thanks

 

 

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So the Warming Prioritizer seems to work sometimes.  Other times it just doesn't.  This is not just inconvenient: it could break my boiler if it doesn't work properly.  Also, the Heat Controllers are really loud, much too loud for a bedroom.  With apparently no ability to set the schedule from the app, it's impossible to easily disable it at night and also defeats the purpose even if you could.  And finally, it does not seem to calibrate on that radiator even though it is a supported type.  

 

For all those reasons, I am returning all six of the Heat Controllers.  Fibaro promises so much but I wish they paid more attention to their software and the important functionality than their pretty marketing and nice looking products.  I was actually looking to start installing Fibaro for a few clients but I can't recommend something I wouldn't have myself.

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