With a widening range of products on the market, there are more ways than ever for home owners to improve their energy efficiency with smart home heating.
From Nest and Honeywell thermostats to increasingly intelligent zoned radiator valves, it’s now simple for both installers and their customers to make informed decisions about the right smart heating options for the right properties.
In order to help both home owners and trade professionals get the most out of their smart home technology, we’ve taken some time out to explore exactly how smart heating can be used to promote energy saving within a property.
One of the great contributors to the rise of modern heating products such as Honeywell’s evohome and the Nest Learning Thermostat has been the smartphone. With apps available from all of the leading smart technology providers, householders can regulate their heating system even when they’re not at home.
This increased level of control is good news for energy efficiency, providing a way to combat previously costly problems such as forgetting to switch off the heating before leaving the house.
What’s more, these apps also allow home owners to adjust their energy schedule to account for changes in temperature while they’re out, so it’s now possible to instruct a set of smart heating controls to increase the temperature if it’s unexpectedly cold, or vice versa to reduce bills on warm days.
Some apps also offer users the ability to continuously monitor how and when energy is being used and to see how much they’ve saved, perfect for improving the way we manage household bills!
Almost every thermostat available on the market is programmable to some extent; however, smart thermostats are improving the way we operate our heating by maximising the control users have over heating in different areas of a property, or even by programming themselves.
Different smart thermostats achieve this in different ways, some by through creating heating ‘zones’ that can be individually managed, some by learning a property’s optimal temperature and independently regulating it. What they all have in common though is that unlike some traditional thermostats, they don’t just crank up the heat at a set time of day regardless of whether a temperature increase is needed or not.
Some smart home heating systems go beyond simply managing when a boiler is switched on and off, and can also control other elements such as hot water tanks. As a result, it’s often possible to control hot water from a smartphone or thermostat, allowing for the conservation of energy at times when no hot water is required.
Individual radiators can also be controlled using zoning kits, which allow the independent adjustment of temperature in different rooms, often through a centralised thermostat, app or heating control. A particularly example of how this can be used to drastically reduce energy bills is in properties with guest bedrooms which aren’t always in use, and as such don’t need to be heated to the same temperature as the rest of the home.
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