Smart thermostats are the latest technology to help improve the way we heat our homes. They allow you to use your smartphone, tablet or pc to control the temperature of your home remotely. They bring a much greater level of convenience by allowing you to heat your home to your preferred temperature at any time of the day or night, from any place in the world (as long as there is internet access). They are fairly simple devices but should be installed by a reputable heating engineer. Be aware that smart thermostats are not the same as smart meters which can send energy readings to your supplier.
What is the difference between an ordinary thermostat and a Smart Thermostat?
A typical old style, central heating thermostat is usually a dial or control pad, located on a wall inside your home. It allows you to regulate the temperature in your home by controlling when the heating switches on and off. You may be able to program the heating to switch on and off 2 to 3 times a day for each day of the week (dependent on temperature or time), but any adjustments to these programmed settings must be made manually.
This means that if you are unexpectedly delayed one evening and don’t need the heating to come on till much later in the evening, there is nothing you can do. Likewise if you go on holiday and forget to turn the heating to off or onto holiday mode, the only solution is for someone to get access to your home and physically turn it off for you.
With a smart thermostat you can make adjustment to your home’s temperature wherever you are in the world, at any time of the day or night. You just log into the app on your smartphone, tablet or pc and with a few quick taps can make changes to settings as required. This can allow you the luxury of turning the heating up just prior to returning from your holidays, or keeping an eye on the temperature of your home if you are away for a couple of weeks during an unexpected cold spell.
What exactly is a Smart Thermostat?
A smart thermostat is usually comprised of 3 parts. The first part connects directly to the boiler. This can then wirelessly communicate with the2nd part, the thermostat control unit which is located somewhere accessible inside your home. The 3rd part is the app which must be downloaded onto your smartphone, tablet or pc. As long as there is an internet connection, this app can be accessed anywhere in the world, to control your home’s temperature.
Choosing the right smart thermostat for your particular needs can be very confusing as there is a huge variety of different types on the market. It is therefore worth contacting a trusted heating engineer for advice on the best one for your boiler and your requirements.
Can using a Smart Thermostat save money?
As well as providing a huge degree of convenience smart thermostats can save you money by helping you control your heating usage more easily, even when you are not at home.
If you would like some more information about smart thermostats or are looking for a qualified smart thermostat installer, please get in touch or give us a call today.