Energy saving for large consumers
Schools, offices, public buildings – there are many types of non-residential buildings for which the topic of energy saving is more topical than ever. Besides the accompanying climate protection, the main driver for energy optimisation is the energy price development and the legal requirements. Especially for large consumers like these, there must be measures that save energy quickly and efficiently and thus quickly reduce running costs. According to the industry association Bitkom and the survey of around 600 companies, 31 percent of the companies surveyed use smart radiator thermostats to save energy. DEOS AG can confirm this trend, as more and more municipalities and cities as well as hospitals and care facilities are relying on DEOS TEO – the patented radio radiator thermostat.
70 % of energy costs in non-residential buildings are needed for space heating
The study by Bitkom Research makes it clear that smart technologies are also increasingly being used for heating. “A third of all companies (31 percent) use intelligent radiator thermostats with which the temperature is smartly controlled depending on the time of day, weather or room, for example” (study excerpt).
“This is also our experience.”, says Tristan Hinnah from the DEOS sales team “The biggest energy guzzler in the building is the heating. This is where the greatest energy-saving potential is hidden. After all, 70 % of the energy costs in non-residential buildings are typically needed for space heating.”
In order to quickly reduce heating costs in non-residential buildings such as offices, warehouses, schools/nurseries, etc., wireless radiator thermostats are the ideal solution. These are easy to screw on and can be installed without technical know-how. From this moment on, up to 40 % heating energy can be saved.
“There are three things to keep in mind when choosing the right radiator thermostat for non-residential buildings” advises Hinnah. “The wireless technology, the manufacturer neutrality and the ongoing operating costs.”
Wireless communication via LoRaWAN
For non-residential buildings, the DEOS expert advises LoRaWAN devices. These devices manage without cable connections and communicate via radio link. This licence-free radio standard has particularly good building penetration. Even through several storey ceilings, the thermostats receive the radio signals. The use of repeaters as in the domestic WLAN is not necessary. Therefore, setting up LoRaWAN radio networks in buildings is less complicated and less expensive than with other radio solutions.
To enable building operators to expand their LoRaWAN network with other sensors such as window/door contacts, temperature sensors or presence detectors to save energy, it is advisable to ensure that the wireless solution is manufacturer-neutral. With a supplementary window contact sensor, the wireless radiator thermostat can then be automatically regulated down via LoRaWAN as soon as the windows are opened. Or by means of presence sensors, rooms are only heated when they are in use.
Those who want to identify further savings potential can expand the data interfaces with professional building automation. To optimise existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems with the data from the LoRaWAN/sensor network.
Investment in the future
The running costs are another point of concern for schools, offices and public buildings: Often there are 50 or more radiators in buildings. It is therefore an advantage if the smart heating thermostat works without batteries, like the DEOS TEO. This eliminates the need to replace batteries every six months, which is often the case with smart home devices. This not only saves the technician’s time, but also avoids battery waste and is therefore more sustainable than comparable radiator thermostats.
In addition to the optimisation of the building envelope, the automated control of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in particular offers great energy-saving potential, as well as an approximately 5-fold faster return on investment (ROI).
Conclusion: The central temperature control of the radiators via radio and according to time/calendar function demonstrably saves heating energy – especially for large consumers. This is the case at the St. Franziskus Hospital in Münster, where the battery-free LoRaWAN heating thermostat DEOS TEO has demonstrably saved 34% in heating costs.