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Ecostat - so much more than a thermostat

Ecostat demonstrates Prefect Controls unique understanding of energy management for student accommodation

Posted by Fiona Cowan | May 16, 2016 | Facilities

Ecostat demonstrates Prefect Controls unique understanding of energy management for student accommodation. The fresh thinking, innovative design and engineering deliver many new features and benefits.

Ecostat is quick, simple and inexpensive to install on either electric or ‘wet’ systems and is very easy to use. A single coded handset programs individual wall units with on and pre-set run times, minimum/maximum temperature and temperature boost times. Occupants are able to make adjustments within pre-determined parameters. But ultimate control is with the energy manager as heat is only used when needed.

Comfort mode keeps rooms at a predetermined temperature when guests require heat. If a room is known to be empty for a short period or when a guest is in bed, Standby mode reduces the temperature.  In Frost mode the temperature drops significantly when a room is unoccupied for a longer period.

There are 2 models – ‘Ecostat-Touch‘ has buttons enabling the occupant to activate the boost feature while the buttons on ‘Ecostat-Touch Adjust‘ afford the occupant incremental control within the boost feature.

Both these models have options for an integrated PIR - detecting activity in the room and selecting the correct mode - and The Auto-On option - which activates two timed events to occur daily.

For larger installations, units can be set to preferred timings/temperatures at the time of manufacture (factory pre-set), ensuring continuity and reducing commissioning time on site. 

Now with ‘Valve Service Cycling’

A significant new feature has been added to the Ecostat range for ‘wet’ radiator heating systems. Valve Service Cycling ensures that valves do not become ‘seized up’ when unused for a length of time, such as during the summer months, by opening and closing the valve throughout the low-use period.

Glen Golding MD of Prefect said “Furring of the valves resulting in a need for maintenance has not been a huge problem for us, but we were keen to develop our software so that customers with wet installations benefit from the same reliability as those with panel heaters”.

Using the handset programmer managers are able to set valves to open and close periodically on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

“Ecostat was the obvious choice for reliability, functionality and ease of use”

St Peter’s Court in Nottingham, a site operated by Unite Students, the UK’s leading student accommodation provider, has recently had a re-fit of 291 bedrooms and 46 lounges and kitchens with the Ecostat Touch Adjust (5003e) model.

This, along with other energy saving measures means that a total reduction in the use of gas at the site is predicted to be in excess of 25% based on the trials that took place.

Gareth Chaplin, Energy & Environment Technical Solutions Manager at Unite, explained ‘Our previous experience of the reliability, functionality and ease of use of Prefects’ room controls meant that Ecostat was the obvious choice when looking at a replacement’.

He added  ‘The new Ecostat is much improved with many more features across the range and a better choice of models, all of them easier and more intuitive to use’.

Ecostat really is a ‘set it and forget it’ product, once the unit is installed, it just runs to the times and temperatures programmed, enabling guests to boost the temperature when required, but it doesn’t allow heating to be left at a high setting constantly, thus wasting energy.

Gareth concludes ‘Ecostat does exactly what I expect it to do, it’s reliable, easy to use and cost effective’.

To find out more visit www.prefectcontrols.com/our-products/heating-controls/

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