Control your infrared panels with Herschel IQ heating controls

by Ellen Evans

Control your infrared panels with Herschel IQ heating controls

Infrared is the modern heating choice, but until now it has been left behind other forms of heating in terms of ‘smart’ remote control.

At the moment, you can control your infrared panels by switching them on and off at the unit, wiring them into the mains or with a Salus wireless thermostat, but none of these were designed specially for Herschel systems.

Herschel’s new IQ heating controls are the easiest, most effective way to control your infrared heating panels, for optimal thermal comfort and energy efficiency.

The units look discreet on the wall and are really easy to operate. You can add to your IQ system as and when you want, depending on your budget or your individual needs.

The IQ heating controls are as follows:

T1 thermostat

The Herschel T1 Thermostat allows you to control the temperature of your heaters, as well as when they come on. It’s easy to program and means your heaters will turn on automatically at the time you choose so you don’t have to return to a cold home.

R1 receiver

The R1 Receiver gets signals from the thermostat and controls your panels. You’ll need one in each room that has panels in it. The R1 also has a ‘Boost’ button that you can hit for a burst of extra heating, rather than having to walk to your control panel, which may not be in the same room.

Zone your home for full control

One of the many benefits of infrared heating is that it’s not a closed circuit heating system. With a gas boiler, even if you choose to just heat one room (after zoning with a smart thermostat or thermostatic radiator valves), water – heated by gas – has to travel in pipes around the whole house. It will have lost heat by the time it reaches the chosen room. With infrared zoning, you can just pinpoint one room to heat – with electricity. This means more efficient, quicker heating.

The Herschel IQ system allows you the option of controlling your whole heating system from one point, allowing for different temperatures and times of heating in different rooms. If you don’t want to heat the spare room while there’s no-one in it, or you like the heating to cool off when you go to bed, this is the way to do it.

How you choose to combine the elements is up to you – you may choose to install an R1 in each room with heaters in it, and one T1 for the whole house, or you may add a T1 to every room. This, however, doesn’t allow for full zonal control, as all your heaters would have to be set to the same temperature. To set different temperatures in different rooms, put an R1 receiver in each room too, or wait a couple of months for the WH1 Central Control Unit.

WH1 Central Control Unit

The WH1 Central Control Unit is the hub of the IQ system. Whilst it hasn’t been launched as yet, it is not far from distribution, and will be the perfect way to control your heating.

The rest of the system will work without it, and the WH1 can be added at a later stage for extra efficiency, so it is worthwhile getting started with the other components now.

With the WH1, you can control up to 6 zones, with up to 6 R1s in each. This allows for finely-tuned control over your heating. You’ll only need one R1 receiver per room if the panels in that room are all on the same circuit. This means the upfront cost of installing the system is limited.

The WH1 will allow you to control your home whether you’re in it or not, as the software works with your phone. If your plans change and you’re no longer heading home straight after work, you can avoid heating an empty house with the tap of a finger.

The Herschel IQ system will save you money on your bills by allowing you to only heat exactly where and when you want. It also gives you great control over the temperature, keeping you comfortable in your home.

 

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