Home Automation

DISCLAIMER: “The best people to talk to is your local Home Automation dealer. The advice below is general and while we will endeavour to keep it as accurate as possible, there will be changes in products and specifications that may affect your installation.”



Lutron Home Automation

Control your Heatstrip heaters from the convenience of your phone or tablet.

Using Home Automation, the heaters can be turn ON and OFF and placed on an Auto-Off timer.

Heatstrip is compatible with most brands of Home Automation, these include:

POWERED RELAYS

To control the Heatstrip heaters with a tablet or phone, there needs to be a few key components.
  1. Software – Home Automation
  2. Hardware – Home Automation
  3. Powered Relay
  4. Heatstrip heaters
The output of the Home Automation is a low voltage signal (10-12 volts). The Heatstrip heaters operate on higher voltage (120V, 208V or 240 volts).
To link the two, there needs to be a component that takes the low voltage input signal and can switch the higher voltage ON and OFF.
The powered Relay works by connecting the input power and then being hardwired to the Heater. It turns the power ON and OFF to the heater when the signal wire from the Home Automation system tells it to.
The powered relays are commonly available from the local electrical wholesaler. Your electrician will supply the Powered Relay. They are inexpensive with manufacturers like
  • Schneider Electric
  • Allen Bradley
  • Schneider
  • Westinghouse
The size of the Powered Relay needs to be matched to the system. Every system is different  depending upon the size, number of heaters and which Home Automation system. Your electrician can help with the specification and supply of the Powered Relay. There may be multiple Powered Relays depending upon heater layout and current load.

Control4

Control4, one of the most popular Home Automation options. This system features:
  •  •  Phone, Remote Control, Touchscreen and Laptop control of heaters
  •  •  Auto-Off Timer function of 1,2,3,4 hours. (Programmed by Control4 dealer)
  •  •  Indicator Light to show heater is ON
These wiring diagrams show 240 volt 3200 Watt Heatstrips, it is similar for 120 volt and 208 volt installations.
For installation, it’s best to speak to your Control4 dealer.

LUTRON

Lutron are one of the leading designers and manufacturers of lighting controls today. They have 4 brands with differing applications. The four brands are as follows:
  • • Caseta
  • • RA 2 Select
  • • Radio RA2
  • • Homeworks

Lutron with HVAC Controller

All 4 ranges are primarily a way to control the lighting. The products include a range of dimmer switches, Smart Bridge and the Pico® remote control. The system is intended to control the lighting in your home with timers, dimmers and motion sensors. The system is flexible and can control other low wattage electrical components like automatic blinds. With the use of other components, some systems can control higher wattage electrical components like patio heaters.

Lutron systems can be controlled using the Lutron mobile app, the Pico® remote control and by voice assistants.
These voice assistants include Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.
The Lutron switches are only rated to 5 amps maximum. To be used with Heatstrip, use the Lutron HVAC controller.

The HVAC Controller, supplied by Lutron is the linking component between the Lutron system and the patio heaters.

Crestron & other home automation systems

Electrical Schematic for Lutron Home Automation

Using the Relay (Carlo Gavazzi RJ1P48V50E) you can control up to 3 Large heaters in one zone. Turn the heaters ON or OFF and Up or Down. Click here to down load the operation manual for the Relay.

Use multiple relays to add more zones. Your electrician can wire this and we can help specify the system for your needs.

See the Electrical Schematic below for an example on how to wire the heaters.

 

Savant

Savant Relays paired with Heatstrip USA heaters

Savant HVAC Relays

The Savant home automation system is a fully interoperable control system for all your home’s needs. It can control lighting, shades, music and tv. There are also programmable profiles for everyone’s favorites.

The Savant system is flexible with additional relays available to add to the HVAC system. With the individual relay control of the Savant system, it is also practical to use the relays to plan zone heating for your Heatstrip USA patio heaters.
Savant can be controlled using the Savant app and remote control.



DISCLAIMER: “The best people to talk to is your local Home Automation dealer. The advice below is general and while we will endeavour to keep it as accurate as possible, there will be changes in products and specifications that may affect your installation.”

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