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Heating System Thermostat

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Controlled by indoor and outdoor temperature

Simple, high reliability design


Heating System Thermostat


P1______________1K   Linear Potentiometer

R1_____________10R   1/4W Resistor
R2______________1K   1/4W Resistor
R3______________3K3  @ 20°C n.t.c. Thermistor (see Notes)
R4______________2K2  @ 20°C n.t.c. Thermistor (see Notes)
R5_____________10K   1/2W Trimmer Cermet
R6______________3K3  1/4W Resistor
R7,R9___________4K7  1/4W Resistors
R8____________470K   1/4W Resistor
R10____________10K   1/4W Resistor

C1,C2_________470µF   25V Electrolytic Capacitors
C3______________1µF   63V Electrolytic Capacitor

D1,D2,D4_____1N4002  100V 1A Diodes
D3______________LED  Red 3 or 5mm.

Q1____________BC557   45V 100mA PNP Transistor
Q2____________BC547   45V 100mA NPN Transistor
Q3____________BC337   45V 800mA NPN Transistor

RL1____________Relay with SPDT 2A @ 220V switch
               Coil Voltage 12V. Coil resistance 200-300 Ohm

J1_____________Two ways output socket

SW1____________SPST Mains Switch

T1_____________220V Primary, 12 + 12V Secondary 3VA Mains transformer

PL1____________Male Mains plug & cable

Device purpose:

This circuit is intended to control a heating system or central heating plan, keeping constant indoor temperature in spite of wide range changes in the outdoor one. Two sensors are needed: one placed outdoors, in order to sense the external temperature; the other placed on the water-pipe returning from heating system circuit, short before its input to the boiler. The output from the Relay contact must be connected to the boiler's start-stop control input.
This circuit, though simple, has proven very reliable: in fact it was installed over 20 years ago at my parents' home. I know, it's a bit old: but it's still doing its job very well and without problems of any kind.

Circuit operation:

When Q1 Base to ground voltage is less than half voltage supply (set by R7 & R9), a voltage is generated across R8 and the driver transistors Q2 & Q3 switch-on the Relay. When Q1 Base to ground voltage is more than half voltage supply, caused when one of the n.t.c. Thermistors lowers its value due to an increase in temperature, no voltage appears across R8 and the Relay is off.
C3 allows a clean switching of the Relay.
P1 acts as main temperature control.


  • R3 is the outdoor sensor, R4 the indoor sensor.

  • If you are unable to find a 3K3 Thermistor for R3 you can use a 4K7 value instead. The different value can be easily compensated by means of Trimmer R5.

  • R5 allows to set the heating system for outdoor temperatures ranging from about +10°C downwards. The higher R5's resistance the hotter the heating system and vice versa.

  • The existing boiler thermostat should be set to its maximum value and not bypassed: it is necessary for safety's sake.

  • This circuit can be dispensed with its differential feature and converted into a simple precision thermostat omitting R3.

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