Does the thermostat make working with a heating boiler much more convenient and efficient? How to choose such a device — we will tell in the rating “KP”
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Thermostats are used not only with electric underfloor heating. The scope of their application is quite extensive. For example, these devices have proven themselves well when working with heating boilers. Moreover, you can choose the best thermostat both for an electric boiler, and for gas and even solid fuel. Which models are worth paying attention to in 2022 — in the Komsomolskaya Pravda rating.
Rating of the top 4 best thermostats for boilers according to KP
1. Terneo RK 32A
A relatively rare form factor for thermostats is implemented in Terneo RK 32A. The device is designed for installation in switchboards or, as it is also called, on a DIN rail. The device works with underfloor heating and boilers. The control here is electronic and is carried out using three buttons. But the temperature set for the boiler is visible on a very simple three-digit screen. But its readability is not bad due to the brightness and contrast. By the way, with the help of RK 32A it is possible to control the heating of pipes, protecting them from freezing. In this model, there is neither remote access nor programming, so the operation of the boiler can only be controlled manually.
Pros and cons
Installation in the electrical panel will come in handy for someone, it works not only with boilers, but can also be used in a pipe heating system
No programming option
2. Caleo C450
An affordable option for a heat regulator for a warm home. Caleo C450 is designed for surface installation. The adjustment range of the boiler heating level here is from 10 °C to 35 °C. The control of this model is mechanical, but with its own specifics. It is clear that they were trying to save money here, but why is there no temperature gradation around the knob, but only risks? Probably the manufacturer was trying to save money. But there are two temperature sensors and a self-diagnosis mode.
Pros and cons
You will have to guess with the temperature when setting, a narrow adjustment range for the boiler
3. Nest Learning Thermostat 3.0
A thermostat that can work with heating boilers, which is very obscenely expensive. The functionality here is so wide that some options seem superfluous. Externally, the thermostat is a washer, which is installed separately. The connection between the device and the boiler is wireless, via Wi-Fi, so Nest must be selected for certain models of heating equipment. You can control the regulator using the rotary ring or from a mobile application. Of course, both programming modes and remote control are present here. Among the unusual features are such as automatic shutdown if people leave the premises; auto-scheduling based on user preferences; autostart when a person appears in the room. There may be a problem with the latter, or rather, with the operation of the sensor — therefore, the manufacturer recommends not installing the thermostat for the boiler in the far corner.
Pros and cons
An interesting smart home solution that geeks might like, extensive automation
Not suitable for all heating boilers, gigantic cost — for this price you can buy several excellent thermostats from other manufacturers
4. REXANT R200
Relatively affordable version of the thermostat for the boiler. Despite this, a large touch screen is used here. The device is installed discreetly, in the frame of the light switch. R200 can work with both underfloor heating and electric heating boiler, as well as infrared elements. The device measures the temperature in the room with two sensors: internal and remote. There is also programming up to 6 time periods for each day of the week. The manufacturer declared a function when the thermostat understands that the temperature in the system is higher than the set temperature, after which the heating stops. Interestingly, although IP20 protection against dust and moisture is declared here, users complain that the device is still afraid of water ingress. There is also marriage, when the device fails in just six months.
Pros and cons
Touch control, dual-zone metering
Moisture protection only on paper, marriage occurs
How to choose a thermostat for boilers
The desire to be independent of the capricious central heating system is understandable. Yes, and you can save a lot on utility bills if you get the opportunity to manage the process yourself. But assembling your system based on a boiler is not so simple. About how to choose a thermostat, together with Komsomolskaya Pravda will tell Vitaly Nesterenko, heating equipment dealer
Why does the boiler need a thermostat
So, you have decided to install a heating boiler, for example, electric or gas. Now you need to learn how to use it correctly. It is for this that a thermostat is built into the system. So, with this device, the equipment turns on when the temperature drops below the set one, or turns off when the desired thermal mark is reached. The best thermostats for boilers allow you to set the heating system to work when the temperature is 4–5 ° C lower if you are not at home. It would seem, what is 4°C? In fact, such a measure will reduce heating costs by up to 30%.
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Some boilers immediately come with a built-in thermostat. Such systems have a number of limitations and often flaunt an inflated price tag. Third-party thermostats are mechanical, electronic and touch. With the first, everything is simple — an on / off key and a rotary button to control the temperature. In electronic thermostats, the control is already thinner and there is a programmable mode in which you can set the time, switch-on date or a repeatable daily mode. The most advanced are sensory. They have a control that is understandable to a modern user, and often remote control via the Internet and a smartphone.
Finally, among the best thermostats for boilers, you can find both wired and wireless models. With the first it is clear — they are physically connected to the boiler. It is simple and reliable, but already during the installation process, the wires need to be laid somewhere. Wireless thermostats have recently come into use. Control is by means of radio signal transmission. That is, one block is mounted in close proximity to the heating boiler, connected to the equipment terminals. The second node is placed at the thermostat. This is really convenient, but there may be interference between the receiver and transmitter.
Temperature controllers for gas and electric boilers
Not all thermostats are suitable for both gas and electricity. There are much more models for the second type of boilers, because, in fact, the principle of operation is almost the same as that of electric floors, only the power is higher. With gas, for obvious reasons, everything is somewhat more complicated. For such heating boilers, I recommend choosing wireless models (this way we minimize the risk of a short circuit) and, at least, with a programmable operating mode. The latter allows you to seriously save the resource of gas equipment.
It is most convenient to live with heating equipment if a thermostat is connected to it with the possibility of remote control. To do this, it must have Wi-Fi, and the house must have Internet access. Even better, if the manufacturer of the thermostat also offers a program for a smartphone, from which you can control the heat from anywhere, as long as there is a mobile connection. Then you can achieve maximum efficiency of the heating boiler.