Intelligent Heating system

Original publication done on Mon 10 Sep 2018 12:00:00 PM EEST
Written by Sonja Salo, Energy System Architect in Fourdeg

How to make heating system more intelligent

Did you know that a quarter of a residential building’s maintenance charges occurs from heating?
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Or that the individual thermal sensation varies from person to person by 6°C?
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Fourdeg starts to have a regularly appearing blog about all the following topics:
  • Energy efficiency in buildings
  • Load balancing
  • Consumer comfort
  • Smart and wireless technologies

The topics will reflect both state-of-the-art, viewpoints on the business, and play around with future prospects. The writers change by the topic of expertise.

So, what does intelligent heating system mean?

Intelligence can be referred through the data analysis ladder. In Fourdeg, we want to know exactly, how each room in a building is heated. The concept can be also connected to data analytics. The first step is to notice, what has happened in the building. We are getting an answer through a descriptive data set. On the next step we want to know, why it has happened, so this is the diagnostic part. Until this point, all the actions done do not have real value.

Let’s take an example with a cold winter day.
Descriptive: What happened?
The room’s air temperature felt cold in the morning.

Diagnostic: Why did it happen?
The room is in the corner of the building and the outdoor temperature was in the night -15 °C. During the temperature night drop the room’s indoor temperature decreased too much and the heating system has not enough power to heat it up again in the morning.

Predictive: What will happen?
The upcoming night will be as cold as the night before and the room’s indoor temperature will be too low again tomorrow morning.

Prescriptive: How can we influence it?
The indoor temperature of the corner room should not be decreased at all. It is more convenient to sustain day-time indoor air temperatures than decrease them. Hence, the user is satisfied in the morning.  
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Sonja Salo, The author is Energy Systems Architect in Fourdeg.