How to connect a warm floor to the “smart home” system

Underfloor heating is already a cool know-how in itself. And if you connect it to a “smart home”, it will be even cooler. And it is convenient to use, and you can manage from anywhere, and the costs are lower. How to do it and what to buy – in this material.

Why is it needed
Warm floor in the “smart home” system is convenient. For example, you are at work all day, you come home in the evening, and there the floor has just warmed up. Either you have programmed floor operating modes, or you gave a command to turn on the warm floor when you left work.

In a country house, control using a “smart home” is especially important, as it allows you to remotely set the operating mode of the heating system. And in the case of a water floor, it is vital, since it is important to know whether the heating system is functioning normally, whether it has turned off. After all, accidental shutdown of the heating system and freezing of water in the pipes is fraught with serious consequences. And if everything is tied to a “smart home”, then it will provide an optimal microclimate and will send a message about problems on time.

Drill driver AEG BSB 18C2X LI-202C
You can read about the choice of underfloor heating here , and now let’s move on to connecting it to the “smart home”.

What is needed to connect a warm floor to a “smart home”
Electric underfloor heating
All you need is a thermostat that controls heating elements – wire or thermomats. It must have the necessary functionality and work in your smart home system.

A modern thermostat working with a “smart home” is not only about setting a comfortable temperature. With it, you can program the inclusion and exit to the desired mode at certain hours and days of the week. The thermostat is controlled not only by buttons on the body or the remote control, but also by voice, using Yandex.Alisa, as well as via a mobile application via GSM or Wi-Fi. It all depends on the specific model of the thermostat.
















Thermostat for warm floor Rexant R72XT [mechanical, 2 sensors, 16A, White] (51-0580)

It’s more complicated here. After all, you do not need to control the electric current, but the flow of water. That is, it is necessary not only to turn on / off the heating, but also to regulate the flow of the coolant. And for this it is necessary to control the mechanical units and regulate the volume of the liquid flowing through the warm floor.

Therefore, you need not only a thermostat, but also servo drives and / or thermal heads, which automatically regulate the supply of coolant to the heating circuit.You will need to calculate the amount of equipment required. Depending on the model of the thermostat, a certain number of thermal heads or servo drives can be connected to it. For example, if a thermostat can control six thermal heads, and you have eight, then you need two thermostats, or you need to look for another model to control the system. If a pump is used in the water underfloor heating system, then automation of its control will also be required.

Mount the thermostat, actuators and thermal heads in accordance with their instructions.
Install temperature sensors, if used, for more accurate room temperature control.
Connect and configure thermostats and servos in the smart home system. This may require, for example, setting up a wireless network or GSM connection, depending on the specific model of devices. Manufacturers describe the connection process in detail in the operating instructions and try to simplify it as much as possible. Therefore, just carefully follow all steps of the instructions.
Adjust the operating modes of the warm floor at different times.
Enjoy! And change the settings when needed.

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In general, the main thing is to comply with all the rules and recommendations of the automation manufacturer. Installation of the control system does not require expensive tools, but wiring skills, as well as setting up and connecting devices to wireless networks, are highly desirable.