By using common sense, one can easily understand that an oil- fired boiler does not have to run all year round in the same way. However, without a regulation system that adapts its operation to the outside temperature, this is often the case. This leads to buying fuel more often and straining your energy budget. This is why installing an outdoor sensor, coupled with your fuel boiler, can be very interesting.
How does an outdoor sensor work?
The outdoor sensor is not to be confused with the simple room thermostat. Where the latter device activates the burner of the fuel-oil boiler when the temperature of the home is to be increased, the Outside Temperature Sensors continuously adapts the water temperature of the heating circuit according to variations in the outside temperature. Coupled with a blackhawk supply room thermostat, this device makes it possible to maintain constant heat, whatever the outside temperature, by reacting flexibly as soon as it drops.
As its name suggests, the outdoor sensor is fixed outside the building. Some basic principles must be respected for its installation:
- Place it on a north wall, to avoid direct exposure to sunlight;
- Be sure to fix it about two meters high, or half the height of the building;
Avoid placing it near a heat source that could interfere with its operation (hood outlet, chimney body, etc.).
What are the advantages of an outdoor sensor coupled with fuel heating?
The correct installation of an outdoor sensor can provide you with several advantages. We note the two most important benefits below.
The outdoor sensor saves you energy and money
By coordinating the water temperature of your boiler with the outside temperature, you avoid overheating the heat transfer liquid circulating in your heating circuits and you also put an end to on-off operation which is far from optimal for your oil- fired boiler.
This obviously allows you to reduce your energy consumption: from 10 to 25% according to estimates. Whatever the price of fuel oil, you will therefore save on your fuel bill.