Because of high prices of energy, we are upgrading our heating systems with newer, more fuel efficient heating devices. Each new device has its own control system, which operates independently from other devices in a heating system. With a relatively low investment costs in automation, we can group devices in one central control system and increase the energy efficiency of a heating system. In this project, we show how to connect an oil furnace, a sanitary heat pump, solar panels and a heat pump in to a single control system. To improve energy efficiency, the heating system must choose the most efficient device, depending on the external conditions. The main device in the heating system is the heat pump. It operates efficiently in relevant external conditions. If the external conditions do not match required criteria, another more efficient heating device is used. For management of entire heating system we have prepared an online visualization system, that can be accessed via global internet.
We expect that improved heating automation will reduced heating costs by 20%.