Remote Control. Internet-connected heating controls allow users to set their preferences remotely, creating a compelling proposition for installers to offer customers.
Simon May, product manager at Drayton Controls, outlines how to install the company’s first internet-controllable heating product.
Drayton has streamlined the process of installing smart heating controls, meaning that heating and hot water control is now as simple as it could ever be. This step-by-step guide outlines just how easy it is to install the company’s miGenie system, which comprises a thermostat, a controller and an internet gateway.
Step 1: Install the controller
If you’re using an existing industry standard wall-plate, you’ll need to loosen the securing screws on the old programmer and unplug it. Check that there is 70mm clearance to the right of the wall-plate and 25mm above it.
Check the wiring diagram for your product model to compare terminals and, if necessary, change the wiring of the wall-plate to suit. If you have an existing wired thermostat, ensure this is disconnected and removed. Now fit the miGenie controller into the wall-plate and tighten the securing screws.
Step 2: Install the thermostat batteries
The system requires two AA batteries to run, and these can be easily inserted and replaced by removing the battery covers at the back of the thermostat and using the symbols on the connections for direction.
When batteries are running low, a ‘low battery’ icon will flash in the display. During this time,
miGenie will function normally.
- The thermostat can be mounted to a stand or to a wall clip
- If you wall-mount it, place it around 1.2m off the ground and away from windows and radiators
Step 3: Check the signal strength
The thermostat and gateway are pre-bound to the controller, so they just need to be positioned in the best place for wireless communication. To help with this positioning, there is a built-in signal strength indicator.
On the controller screen, navigate through the settings to ‘signal strength’. On the thermostat, press and hold the + and – buttons for five seconds, then navigate to ‘signal strength’.
Step 4: Mount the thermostat
The thermostat can be mounted to a stand or to a wall clip in a location where it will be able to control the room temperature.
If you are wall-mounting the thermostat, you should place it around 1.2m (4ft) off the ground, and away from windows and radiators.
Step 5: Installing the gateway
The gateway is designed to be placed on a flat surface, and it should be located next to the customer’s internet router.
Plug the mains power cable into the gateway, and then connect the network cable from the gateway to the router.
Step 6: Set up the app
To get started on remotely operating miGenie, you’ll need to download the app from Apple’s App Store or Google Play. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to register the device, and connect the in-home equipment to the internet.
The app will allow complete control over time and temperature in individual rooms around the home – wherever and whenever you wish.
For full instructions and advanced settings, please refer to the installation instructions included in the box, and to the full user guide available on the website.
The technology to create a connected home is already out there.
As an industry we know that the future is smart. But there remains a perception issue among consumers, who often believe smart controls are costly and disruptive.
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