Passiv UK takes heat pump control to the next level with the Passiv Smart Thermostat

InstallerSHOW 2024 saw a number of product launches that highlight the innovation sweeping the heat pump sector.

Given that the UK government is targeting 600,000 heat pump installations a year by 2028 and the Future Homes Standard bans gas boilers in new builds, perhaps this isn’t surprising. However, complex installations, rising electricity costs and the difficulties for consumers in adapting to an unfamiliar heating system are significant barriers to meeting this target, so anything that makes heat pumps easier to use will be welcome.

To compound the issue, as heat pump adoption increases, electricity demand on the National Grid will grow. To ensure that electricity supply remains secure, heat pumps will have to form part of a smart, flexible energy system and be capable of adjusting their operation in response to national electricity requirements.

It’s why the launch of Passiv UK’s Passiv Smart Thermostat at InstallerSHOW 2024 was so significant, as it makes heat pump control simple and, it is claimed, reduces heating bills by 30 per cent. In fact, the Energy Saving Trust has verified that it increases the Coefficient of Performance (COP) of a heat pump by 17 per cent and can also optimise time-of-use tariffs and rooftop solar generation.

The result of over 10 years of research and development in low carbon heating, the Passiv Smart Thermostat is the first in a new generation of smarter heating controls. It comprises the Passiv app, thermostat, programmer and hub, which provide simple, smart control of heating and hot water using either the in-home devices or remotely on a smartphone.

What makes the Passiv Smart Thermostat so smart? It learns the heating and cooling patterns of a home and the behaviour of the heating system. By using local weather forecasts, it calculates the optimal way to meet the homeowner’s comfort needs through preheating. Additionally, it continuously optimises the heat pump’s flow temperature to maximise its COP, eliminating the need for an installer to set a weather compensation curve, simplifying the heat pump installation process and removing any guesswork.

The Passiv Smart Thermostat not only eliminates the need to set a weather compensation curve, but it doesn’t need an internet connection for set-up, which is ideal for the new build market. It takes just a couple of minutes to commission using the programmer, which also guides the homeowner through the registration process for the Passiv app, ensuring a quick and straightforward handover process.

Last but definitely not least, the Passiv Smart Thermostat allows heat pump users to participate in Greener Grid Payments. This allows users to get paid for using their heat pumps, as the Passiv Smart Thermostat automatically responds to signals based on the needs of the wider electricity network, reducing demand while using smart preheating to ensure the home remains comfortable.

Find out more at: Home – Passiv Smart Thermostat (passivuk.com)