The British Institute of KBB Installation – Giving control back to the customer

Installing a hydronic plinth heater is a great choice for home owners when either replacing kitchen radiators or planning a new kitchen. Thermix Wireless plinth heaters can not only save space, they are much cheaper to install when compared to under floor heating.

Although plinth heaters are proven to be one of the best choices in heating a kitchen compared to traditional radiators or underfloor heating, in the past they have lacked controllability. Control was by means of a simple rocker switch to turn the heater on or off manually and so when a radiator was replaced with a plinth heater, end-users lost control as they no longer had the benefits of a simple thermostatic radiator valve with radiators which would maintain the kitchen temperature.

Until now, consumers who are energy conscious only had one option which was to turn the plinth heater off manually to avoid over heating their kitchen during cooking periods. It could also leave the them facing a cold kitchen in the morning if they forgot to turn the heater back on again. Some may have overcome this dilemma by installing a hardwired thermostat to control their plinth heaters but then this would result in increased installation costs.

British heating manufacturer, Thermix has found a solution to overcome the conundrum of plinth heater controllability, and is able to give its customers a level of control as comparable to a radiator. The company has introduced its hydronic plinth heater which is controlled by a wireless thermostat which regulates room temperature. Its wireless models not only provide temperature control in the kitchen but also the end-user needn’t worry about wasting energy.

The Thermix wireless plinth heater is also available with a programmable thermostat, providing a 7-day timing facility. This allows the user to set the timing as well as the temperature. Each model is available with four different heat outputs ranging from 1.5kW to 2.4 kW. Also offered, is a choice of front grilles, including the popular brushed stainless steel version, and a range of powder coated options in white, silver or black. For customers who want to colour-match their plinth, provided, is a self-colour grille ready to paint.

Customers also choose from a simple wireless thermostat to a smart phone controlled thermostat.  For larger kitchens multiple wireless plinth heaters can be controlled by a single thermostat. With the help of their low water content, plinth heaters provide faster heat response and leave much less residual heat when the heater turns off. This feature not only provides comfort heating to the user but also saves energy by not heating the room when it’s not needed.

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Jake Ambrose

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