Locking central heating controls - possible?


Postby gutt3d » Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:20 pm

Can anyone suggest a central heating control system that can be locked to prevent someone from turning down the heating and/or water?

I thought our boiler was broken the other day. Having had a cold shower - even with temperature setting at maximum - it turns out that a member of the household had turned down the hot water temperature at the boiler. This was because the lowest setting on the shower, which takes its feed from the boiler, is apparently "too hot" - even though the lowest temp setting is, in fact, cold water from the mains.

And while working from home today - which I do quite frequently - and after wondering why the radiators weren't getting as hot as normal, I found that a member of the household had in fact turned the heating down too. This was because "it was too hot a couple of weeks ago".

We're planning to move house soon and I'm genuinely considering trying to find some sort of central heating system that is either (a) lockable; or (b) can be programmed to send me a message (text, email) if the settings are disturbed. I joked about this when asking that <said member of household> stopped messing about with the settings. But the more I think about it, the more appealing the idea becomes...

Does such a system exist?

Cheers!
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Postby htg engineer » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:36 pm

Talking to the person concerned may be the best and cheapest solution.

In my house the controls are there for whoever is in the house or whoever is using the shower to make it comfortable for them, setting it to my personal preference doesn't necessarily mean that it is best, and possibly abit selfish ???


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Postby Steve the gas » Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:57 am

Tell siad member to reinstate after using??
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Postby simon@hwch » Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:34 pm

You could fit the Honeywell Hometronic system, and put the controller somewhere secure.

Any settings adjusted would be temporary.

And with an add on unit it can be controlled over the internet from anywhere in the World. I have it in my house.......although I let the other family members touch it!
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Postby gutt3d » Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:03 pm

[quote="htg engineer"]Talking to the person concerned may be the best and cheapest solution.

In my house the controls are there for whoever is in the house or whoever is using the shower to make it comfortable for them, setting it to my personal preference doesn't necessarily mean that it is best, and possibly abit selfish ???[/quote]

[quote="Steve the gas"]Tell siad member to reinstate after using??[/quote]

Thanks guys. And yes, I fully agree that cheapest solution would be to simply put the system back to what it was after having had a shower. Point taken about my being selfish for preferring a hot shower, although in my defence I'd argue that even if I set the hot water temp to maximum it should still be possible for anyone in the house to have a cold shower (while setting the temp to minimum means no-one can have a hot shower).

[quote="simon@hwch"]You could fit the Honeywell Hometronic system, and put the controller somewhere secure.

Any settings adjusted would be temporary.

And with an add on unit it can be controlled over the internet from anywhere in the World. I have it in my house.......although I let the other family members touch it![/quote]

Excellent :) I'll look into it, and threaten to install one the next time I end up having a cold shower in mid winter...
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