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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 16-09-2019, 06:24 Thread Starter
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Spending winter away from home

It begins to look as if I will be spending the winter months in Rheinland Pfalz with Heike and Jürgen and leave the house empty with Horst Marion and Erick in charge of heating etc.
My carer doesn't like the idea of me staying here alone in winter to brood and Heike and Jürgen discussed it and said I must go to them.

I have heard there is some remote device for checking the heating is working and turning the heat up if necessary. We have a Valiant VRC 420 boiler, how do I find out if it works with that? Any wizards who can help me? Haven´t asked my in house wizard yet, maybe he knows, but many hands make light work or many heads together can sort me out maybe.

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Nephew in Madrid has this facility with his iPhone and a rather expensive 'controller' attached to his boiler and internet router.
Personally we have one or more radiators with frost stats that click on automatically if the temps get down to 2 or 3c. They only switch on for an hour or so at night as the conservatory heats all day.
We used to leave a fan heater in the van over winter set to the frost stat €12. Just ticked in now and again for 15 or 20 mins to raise the temps.

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One of my clients has this system in a large log cabin in the Dales which he controls from his iPhone or iPad anywhere in the world.

https://www.heatmiser.com/en/

Do you really need it though? Does your heating not currently have a frost setting timer thing? Especially if your thinking of selling but then I suppose it could add value. Possibly. Could be a bit of a winter adventure for you.
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I´ll have a read of the book and get back to you.

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The book says the heating system can be controlled remotely by the means of a communications interface (accessory ) This controls among other things , the operation mode and the required room temperature. (following the installation instructions for the accessory etc..etc.
If Alan can´t help I will as the plumber. These Jarman things are all over complicated.

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The book says the heating system can be controlled remotely by the means of a communications interface (accessory ) This controls among other things , the operation mode and the required room temperature. (following the installation instructions for the accessory etc..etc.
If Alan can´t help I will as the plumber. These Jarman things are all over complicated.
If your talking about your existing system it sounds as if there is an extra controller that can be purchased that plugs into an interface slot on your current controller. This will then pair with your wifi and there will be an app for your phone to work it. At least thats how I understand how these things work. I wouldnt mind one myself except our boiler is from the 19th century.

Shouldnt be a big job or too expensive I imagine.
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Why control remotely when the thermostat can be set to...say 5 or 10 degrees for 24 hours a day?
Perhaps that's too simple?

I use 10 for the house and a couple of sports club premises I am involved with it's 5 degrees.
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Why control remotely when the thermostat can be set to...say 5 or 10 degrees for 24 hours a day?
Perhaps that's too simple?

I use 10 for the house and a couple of sports club premises I am involved with it's 5 degrees.
Well see you know all about them there things, I'm a novice. I´ll do as you suggest and ask a neighbour to check every week or so to make sure the boiler hasn't broken down
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Yes Jan. Suggests he pops in when it's very cold to check the bottle of whiskey sitting on the table hasn't frozen.

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We leave our heating set to come on for an hour and a half in the morning and again for an hour and a half at night. Someone pops in to check that it's all OK now and then and especially after any very cold nights. That's in our holiday let house and we've been doing that for 20 years without problems. We do get the boiler serviced every year or two just to be sure though.
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