Drayton has launched a new generation of its Digistat product range which features a contemporary new look and app control, an 'industry first' for a universal thermostat, the company says.

Bluetooth connectivity offers in-home control of the new Digistat via Drayton’s Wiser Home app, making it easier than ever for users to create and adjust heating schedules, all from their phone.

For the very first time in the Digistat range, customers have the option of choosing between operation via the thermostat or via the easy-to-navigate app for extra convenience. Once the installer has set up the new Digistat with either a 7-day, 5/2-day, 24-hour programme or no programme function, homeowners can then simply build their heating schedule via the Wiser Home app to suit their lifestyle. Alternatively, the time and temperature schedule can be easily adjusted on the thermostat itself. The user-friendly nature of the new Digistat and the Wiser Home app help to simplify the handover process for installers and reduce call backs.

In the app, customers can access innovative smart modes, typically associated with smart controls. The energy-saving Away Mode and Delayed Start offer reductions in energy use of up to 24% and 10% respectively, the company says. Meanwhile for extra convenience, Boost Mode allows users to temporarily increase the desired temperature for a short period without having to adjust the schedule, while Timed Away Mode is ideal for pausing the schedule for longer periods of time, allowing users to set a start and end time and date, similar to a Holiday Mode function. 

Suitable for both new and existing systems, the RF version of the new Digistat is compatible with the UK standard wallplate for easy retrofit, whilst the spare thermostat is compatible with existing SCRs. It is also the first Digistat in the range to be available as a two channel wireless option, offering installers a solution for either heating and hot water or two heating channels on a combi boiler.

The new Digistat is suitable for use with a vast range of today’s systems but is also compatible with future heating set-ups that engineers will be working with in the years ahead, as it is fully optimised for heat pumps as well as oil, gas and electric heat sources. Plus, to help improve the performance of the system and reduce carbon emissions, the new Digistat features OpenTherm modulation on the mains relay and RF single channel versions.

The new Digistat also offers the optional service interval feature first launched by Drayton in 2016 as standard on all new variants. This makes the new Digistat suitable for tenanted and social housing properties where regular servicing is required without having to buy and store different models, streamlining the stock installers keep in their van.

David Kempster, Future Offer Manager at Drayton, said: “Since the launch of the first model in 1994, the Digistat range has become a firm favourite amongst installers and homeowners alike. Not only does this best seller offer ease of use and reliability, it is also incredibly easy for installers to fit.

“With our latest innovation, we are excited to be bringing intuitive and smart efficiency-improving technology to our iconic heating control, combining installer familiarity with ultimate user convenience. Designed in the UK for UK heating systems, the new Digistat bridges the gap between smart and traditional thermostats, making this a great solution for every customer and application. As part of our commitment to becoming a carbon neutral business by 2025, we’re also thrilled the new Digistat is one of our Green Premium products, designed and manufactured with sustainability in mind.”

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