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Got myself a programmable TRV, first impressions

vvzz
vvzz Member Posts: 39
So I recently discovered that Danfoss makes a programmable TRV head. I have a constant circulation system with regular mechanical TRVs. I'm not a huge fan of Nest style smart thermostats (especially since they are usually installed on top of antiquated system controls) or systemwide setbacks, but I do like to sleep at around 60 degrees.

I don't think they are officially offered in the US, so I got one off european eBay. It's called Danfoss Living Eco:
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It includes RA mounting adapter which goes right over regular danfoss valve body. It came with two basic programs(one with just night setback, and one with night+workday setback) Those can be changed but I didn't even bother because the defaults work well for me. The whole install took less than 10 mins.
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The plastic housing feels kind of cheap, but also it's one of those set and forget things. The unit works well and seems to do a good job maintaining the programmed temps.

Comments

  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,840
    What kind of batteries does it use? How long should we expect them to last?
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  • vvzz
    vvzz Member Posts: 39
    It takes 2 AA batteries. I think manual said they should last for over a year.
    EricAune
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 15,033
    Is it quiet?
    I have a Caleffi and Heimeier and they both have a fairly loud gear train noise. They act as a setback TRV and alarm clock!

    Seems they all read metric units only, too.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • vvzz
    vvzz Member Posts: 39
    It's definitely audible, but didn't seem bothersome. I live in a city though, close to airport, so my noise tolerance is high.