Gone are the times when energy savings from heating systems were solely measured in terms of the boiler efficiency and the solar energy used. Modern heating systems are defined by the intelligent control technologies that enable the system to provide just the right amount of heat. These controls combine all the components of the system and alter their performance to suit the weather conditions outside and provide for the heating in rooms individually considering the fact that different rooms have different heating requirements.
The modern systems base their operations on the outside temperatures and change the temperature in the boiler and the heating cycle accordingly. New sensors also enable setting of timers which optimizes heating during the day cycle and times of absence. Latest developments in microprocessor technology have revolutionized heating systems. These new systems can learn the conditions of the weather and automatically optimize its performance settings during the day and night to meet the requirements of different rooms. While internal heating can be managed by these systems, outdoor spaces can be heated by patio heaters.
Modern control units also function well with combined solar and boiler powered units. They can manage the communication between the solar system, boiler and storage tank such that the system switches to solar as soon as possible. This allows for fuel savings up to 10%. This includes the under floor heating systems which employ solar energy. Modern control systems have also improved upon the interaction with users. Some systems also provide display screens which show the details of the system, potential faults and service requirements.