Heating a home requires energy and this can be costly, if not managed properly. Reducing the need for this energy reduces the cost of heating.
1.PREVENT HEAT LOSS & INSULATE
Insulation of the ceiling, walls and floors improves the way your home holds the heat. The more heat you can keep in the living spaces the less energy you will need. Like any heating system, keeping the doors closed prevents heat loss and lowers your heating costs. Most heat is lost through windows. Blinds, curtains and double glazing can help lower this loss. Double glazing with wooden frames are very efficient – aluminium frames need to have a thermal break between the glazing and the frame.
2.WHAT PRICE DO YOU PAY FOR HEATING
Keep an eye on your electricity tariffs to see what price you pay for heating. Time of use meters can range from 12cents -52cents /kW hour. Please see our Understanding Running Costs page for more information.
3.UNDERSTANDING ADAPTIVE FUNCTION ** VERY IMPORTANT WITH INSLAB INSTALLATION **
Adaptive function is a setting on the MCD4 thermostat that allows the thermostat to predict when the floor heating should be turned on. A thermostat set to 28°C at 6am will turn on before (based on the last few days temperature) in an attempt to be at 28°C at 6am. It is our recommendation to turn Adaptive function off, especially for in-slab electric and in-slab heat pump systems that are utilising off peak heating times.
Set the Adaptive Function to ‘Off’ (default setting for MCD4 is ‘ON’)
>Press MENU button
>Press the ‘Arrow’ button until you see ‘Engineer Settings‘ > Press OK
>Press the ‘Arrow’ button until you see ‘Adaptive Function‘ > Press OK
>Press the ‘Arrow’ button until you see ‘OFF‘ > Press OK
4.HEATING IDEAS FOR YOUR BATHROOM
Thermostat Factory Settings: MCD4 factory settings are programmed for when most people use the bathroom. These settings are popular and already pre-set in the MCD4 thermostat.
Smart meter tariff: It is not uncommon to heat your bathrooms during off peak and shoulder rates only, turning the system off only between 2-8 pm to prevent paying peak rates. The floor will slowly cool down during the evening but if the door has been closed and the heating has been on all day, the room should still remain warm.
Warm all winter: Lots of people leave their bathroom heating on all day, all winter long. Small bathrooms only draw a small amount of power and leaving it on is not a huge expense (depending on your energy tariff). The longer the floor is on the less often the heating will turn on. We estimate that the floor run at 60% of the time after the floor has hit temperature. In a well-insulated room like a small bathroom with the door closed, this could be 50%.
Factory Default settings for MCD4:
on at 6am - 25°C
off (set back) at 8am - 20°C
on at 4pm - 25°C
off (set back) at 10.30pm - 20°C
week - ends (day 6-7):
weekdays (day 1-5):
on at 8am - 25°C
off (set back) at 11pm - 20°C
note: thermostat does not “turn off” but changes to a “set back” temperature. This set back temperature can be altered.