‘Connected’ – Wi-Fi, Facetime, a partnership, no matter what it is, it’s most likely the answer you wanted to hear, and it’s the same with your heating.
A connected heating system in your home has many benefits, and we’re going to share how you might value a well-connected home.
So, what exactly does a SMART control mean?
SMART stands for “Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting”, sounds very technical right? To put it simply, this smart device revolutionises the control you have over your home.
Dependant on the device you install, you can control your heating schedule and preferences down to every minute of the day, and in doing so optimise your heating efficiencies and reduce your bills – all from your mobile phone or tablet. Caught in the rain on your way home? Not a problem! You can control the heating in time for your arrival, your humble abode will be ready to offer you a warm welcome.
How does this work?
A traditional thermostat allows you to alter the temperature in your home using a single control point, often attached to a wall of your home. In comparison to a SMART thermostat which uses 3 components, the SMART option makes it super easy for the homeowner to control their heating, even when away from the home.
The fist component is likely attached or fitted within your boiler and wirelessly connected to an in-home device (second component) that controls the thermostat. The third and final component is connected to the in-home device via an app on a smartphone or tablet, which allows you the freedom to control heating levels, times and zones.
So, what’s the difference between a Programmable Thermostat and a SMART Heating Control?
Programmable thermostats increased in popularity, simply for the convenience of being able to set your heating to a schedule that fitted in with your lifestyle. This kind of device enables the homeowner to manually set a rhythm of heating outputs to a schedule, which is ideal for those of us who know when we will be at home as we can use the set schedule to time the heating output to be turned down (or off completely) whilst we’re not there, and timed to increase output in time for us arriving home – a great way of minimising wasted energy, and the option to set multiple schedules for days of the week makes it solid choice with some flexibility.
Now, that all sounds pretty impressive, but it’s not what we’d call SMART.
A criticism of programmable thermostats is their reliance upon you and their requirement of manual management. They don’t ‘learn’ from your preferences, or ‘think for themselves’ so to put it, unlike a SMART control.
SMART Controls and technology automatically adjust to your preferences whilst taking into account numerous influencing factors such as the temperature outdoors, and your location. Using geofencing, your smart technology can identify when you’re within a distance of your home and in anticipation increase or decrease the heating output ready for your arrival. By adding additional SMART devices such as valves to your controls and thermostat – you’ll be able to control your ideal home temperature, in multiple zones of your home with minimum input.
But it’s important to remember that both types of controls when used properly have the ability to reduce the time and volume of energy required to heat or cool your home.
Going back to the start of our blog – a connected heating system is certainly something to shout about. And for those environmentally conscious amongst us, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to reduce your energy output through your SMART heating as it optimises your usage and potentially saves your pennies too.
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