Abstract: A control system for a hydronic heating system for an enclosed structure which includes a boiler and at least one heating zone controlled by a thermostat and having a circulator or zone valve for controlling delivery of heat from the boiler to the heating zone(s). The control system senses the ambient temperature external to the enclosed structure, and also the water temperature of the boiler. Responsive to those two sensed values, it determines an upper temperature for the boiler at which the boiler is shut off. The control system further periodically redetermines the upper temperature for the boiler in accordance with the heating demands of the enclosed structure, and accordingly is heuristic in nature. In the preferred embodiment, a central processing unit forms the heart of the control system, and digitally stores in memory words representative of the sensed temperatures and other pertinent parameters relating to timing.
March 10, 1982
Date of Patent:
July 4, 1989
Milton A. McKinley, Charles C. Castelli
Abstract: Apparatus for use in a heating system wherein an enclosed region is heated by hot water flowing through a heat exchanger disposed in the region, the hot water being supplied from a boiler heated by a furnace which is electrically actuated and deactuated, the water being circulated between the boiler and the heat exchanger by a circulator pump which is electrically actuated and deactuated, a thermostat being disposed in the space to control the temperature therein and including an electrical switch which is closed when additional heat must be supplied to the region and which is otherwise open.