Reduce heating costs in care homes and hospitals by up to 30% with smart controls

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Tim Greenhalgh

Posted on

November 13, 2019

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Care homes and hospitals can cut up to 30% a year from heating bills with innovative and smart radiator valves.

When you consider that heating can account for up to 70% of the total energy bill in a typical building, it makes sense to control this cost with the best technology.

As the Carbon Trust advises: “In total, the UK’s healthcare sector spends more than £400 million per year on energy. Unfortunately, a significant proportion of this is wasted, meaning that money is being wasted too.”

Remember, too, that just 1°C of overheating can increase fuel costs by around 8% so it doesn’t take much to ramp up the bills – or to reduce them with simple and highly cost-effective energy saving tech.

Smart radiator valves

Radbot radiator controls are an innovative and smart way to reduce energy spend in care homes and hospitals, both areas of the healthcare sector that have very high heating demands.

Radbot Thermostat Attached to Radiator

Radbot is smart heating made simple and is ideal for care homes and hospitals where heat is wasted in empty spaces during the day. There is no need for wifi, apps or installation specialists – and the return on investment is very quick.

Radbot helps to stop energy waste by automatically adjusting the temperature – no need for staff and managers to intervene.

The smart controllers are very easy to fit and start working immediately, learning usage patterns and heating rooms only when needed.

Detecting changes

Radbot detects occupancy by monitoring and detecting changes in light levels, like day/night cycles, or when lights are turned on and off, or if curtains are drawn and opened.

It also remembers interactions like when a user sets the temperature or presses the boost button.

Radbot then process this information with its unique occupancy algorithm to predict when a room will be occupied or unoccupied. Radbot also learns how long it takes to heat a room, making sure it is warm when it is to be used.

This also means that if the usage schedule changes, Radbot quickly learns this and updates the heating pattern.

Key benefits:

  • Proven savings of up to 30% on heating bill
  • Pays for itself in 1-2 heating seasons
  • Fit and forget
  • No app, wifi, or programming schedules
  • Fit in less time than changing a light bulb.

Radbot is fully automated smart tech without the hassle because there’s no need for complex programming. It  reduces the temperature between 1°C and 6°C depending on time of day and the settings selected.

Radically better

Radbot looks like a classic thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) but is radically better. TRVs control heat output in each room but maintain a constant temperature while Radbot makes automatic adjustments, saving money on heating bills.

It is also smarter than devices like Nest and Hive. Radbot heats rooms individually based on occupancy so it’s a much better way to control heating and costs than these other devices that control heating for the whole property.

But there’s no problem If these devices are already installed as the Radbot will not interfere with any smart thermostat. It just overrides the temperature thermostat to provide room by room control.

Radbot is designed to work with radiators on a wet central heating system and it’s advised to check with the heating provider before installing.

It can be installed on any radiator with an existing TRV by simply removing that thermostat, and fitting a Radbot.

Radbot is available in a single or multi-pack

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