Smart home heating explained
Almost everyone in the country will, by now, have been affected by the rise in gas and electricity costs – and from March, things are only expected to get worse. So, what can you do about the increasing prices, and is it really worth taking the plunge and getting smart heating installed?
Adding smart heating to your home
By adding a smart device that controls your heating, you can save money on your energy bills with relative ease. It isn’t as daunting as you might expect – a quick tutorial from your engineer or smart home installer will have you able to programme your heating and adjust it with minimum fuss.
So, what makes heating controls smart? Well, your thermostat is connected to the WiFi, and can be controlled via an app on your smartphone. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the next room or 200 miles away, you can still control the temperature of your home with the touch of a few buttons.
What can you do with smart heating?
With a regular thermostat, the controls on the device itself enable you to do basic things such as programming set times for the heating to turn on, which can often be varied by weekdays/weekends.
With smart heating, there are more possibilities. You can set a different programme for each day of the week, depending on whether you’re working from home or the kids are off school. If you end up going out for drinks on Friday night and you don’t need the heating to come on until later, you can simply open the app and stop it turning on.
Smart heating can also learn about your routine. There are some devices that, instead of requiring you to make manual adjustments, will learn how you like your heating to function and adjust it accordingly with no extra input from you.
How can smart heating save me money?
Use it in the right way, and smart heating can save you precious pennies when it comes to your energy bills. The greatest way to save money is by setting the temperature in advance, with consideration for when you’re in the house. You can programme your heating for hourly slots if necessary, which means instead of having to leave the heating on all day, you can turn it off (with an automatically applied fail safe to stop pipes freezing) while you’re out and have it begin to warm up when you’re usually on your way home.
Some devices also enable you to only heat rooms that are occupied, meaning that bedrooms can be heated between the hours of 9pm and 7am, for example, while living areas might only be heated from 7am to 8.30am, and from 5pm to 10pm.
You might even invest in a device with geo-fencing. This can pinpoint your location and start heating your home based on where you are in relation to it. So, if you take the kids out for dinner, or have an event to attend, your smart heating can detect this and switch itself off accordingly.
If you’re considering smart home heating installation in Kent to combat the rising cost of energy, contact a reputable installer today for a quote.