What is a reset schedule for a heating system? (outdoor reset)
November 12, 2015

What is a reset schedule for a heating system?

With outdoor reset, the system does not run at one fixed water temperature. It is called outdoor reset because the water temperature is changed (or reset) based on a change in the outdoor temperature. This is used to match the heating system’s output to the heat loss of the structure. As the outside temperature lowers, the rate of heat loss increases; therefore the water temperature has to be increased to match the load. Outdoor reset manages this.

For example, a reset schedule could be configured to supply 120°F hot water at 10°F outdoor air temperature, and 90°F water at 60°F outdoor air temperature. If it were 35°F outdoors, what would the heating system water supply temperature be?

This topic was part of our highly-attended October 2015 Coffee with Caleffi webinar entitled Designing for Condensing Boiler Performance with Jody Samuell, our manager of Engineer Education. Check out our Coffee with Caleffi archives and get signed up for our future webinars!


Categories in which appears
Blog post comments
Patti Osterberg
January 12, 2016

That's an interesting idea to change the temperature of your water based on the temperature outside. It seems like this could be really helpful for preventing frozen pipes in the winter. I might have to look into getting a reset schedule heating system. Does this mean that in the summer, the water would be quite cold? http://www.aspen-heating.ca/en/heating_and_air_conditioning.html