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New Three Channel Programmable Thermostat from Sangamo

2 Jul 2024

With energy efficiency top of the agenda for homeowners and businesses, Sangamo is pleased to announce the launch of its new three channel programmable thermostat with RF and Wi-Fi, which provides the means to operate and control separate heating zones within a residential property and in doing so increase efficiency and reduce energy use and utility costs.

Traditionally UK heating systems and controls typically mean that the whole property will be heated when a call for heat is made from the system’s thermostat.  For a certain size of property, however, heating is only required on one floor of a property or another at a given time, dependent on the user’s habits.  Therefore, heating the whole property based on one thermostat is not efficient.

Modern day heating systems for certain sizes of properties are now encouraged to have separated heating zones controlled independently in order to increase efficiency and reduce utility cost. For new builds, regulations are set-out specifically for system requirements. In essence heating systems should have the flexibility to only heat the property when and where it is required.  For example, for the ground floor living zone the heating will be on during the day and off at night, whilst for a first floor bedroom zone the heating for the bedrooms will be off during the day but operational at night. 

The Building Regulations which cover the energy performance of new and existing buildings have been subject to change in recent years with the approval of Part L (or Document L).  Part L of the Building Regulations states that ‘for wet heating systems in new dwellings with a floor area of 150m2 or greater, a minimum of two independently controlled heating circuits should be provided.’

The new Sangamo Thermostat Kit is suitable for properties with two-zoned heating systems and is designed to help installers comply with the requirements of Part L Building Regulations where two zone heating is stipulated.  The kit comprises two RF programmable room thermostats to control heating over two zones and hot water programming, and one receiver complete with three independent channels – two for heating and one for hot water.    The system can be programmed and controlled directly or remotely via the ClickSmart+ app.  

One of the main features which supports the new programmable thermostat’s energy efficiency lies within the programming capabilities.  When a call for heating or hot water is made, it requires it to be within a specific time and below a specific temperature.  For example, the ON period would be between 0800 and 1130 hours if the temperature is below 19 degrees.  Up to six on and off periods per day can be programmed. 

Another key energy efficiency feature is the OWD (Open Window Detection) function.  This is enabled in the parameter settings and uses sudden changes in temperature or humidity to detect if a window is open and switches off the heating until the window is closed to save energy. 

Easy installation and ease of programming and operation are at the heart of the new kit.  Thermostats can be wall mounted and are supplied with wall-fixing mount, a free-standing base for table top positioning.  The thermostats control the receiver via radio frequency, so there is no need for cable runs, and they can be powered either by replaceable batteries or USB-C power source. 

The receiver features a large back-lit display screen that ensures full visibility in any light conditions and the intuitive touch button interface makes for easy and complete control.  The sleek white design ensures the kit will blend with any interior.