Smart heating controls have become one of the most common sights in homes in the western world. Utilising technology to its fullest, smart controls have changed the way everyday life works. Whether you’re looking into the tado, ScottishPower Connect, E.ON Touch, British Gas’ Hive, Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat, the Honeywell Evo home, or any other type of system, you will start reaping the rewards instantly.
A smart technology that lets you remotely control your home’s temperature via a tablet, smartphone, or a desktop computer for greater control over your central heating, they provide more efficient control over your home’s heating.
Using three components, smart thermostats are much more than a dial or control panel. The first component plugs into your boiler, and although it’s static, it does wirelessly connect to the second component – the in-house device that’s a thermostat and main control. The third component is the app that’s downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet. Allowing users to control the temperature and adjust it wherever they are, it provides greater flexibility in this busy world.
As mentioned above, installing a smart thermostat can provide greater flexibility in the busy, modern world. For example, should you get stuck in busy traffic and know you’re not going to be home for an hour, you can control your heating to ensure you’re not heating an empty house. As a result, the ability to remotely control a home’s temperature appeals to those with frantic schedules. Likewise, if you’ve gone away for the weekend and have forgotten to turn the heating off, you don’t have to worry – you can do it on the go – providing you have an internet connection.
With regards to monetary savings, smart thermostats don’t directly save you money, in the same way, moving to a cheaper tariff can, but as they provide the ability to heat your home more efficiently, you should save money in the long run. Smart thermostats also send you reports about your usage, which can help you better understand where and when you use energy. This allows you to adjust your behaviour and preferences in line with this – which of course saves you money.
OpenTherm smart controls have grown in popularity – just like traditional smart controls. The name given to a form of communication between modulating central heating appliances and room thermostats, OpenTherm set the rules as to how the appliance itself should communicate with the thermostat. More effective than traditional smart controls as they provide more precise control over the gas valve, it means the amount of heat provided by the boiler can be controlled in order to match the variable demand signal. And by reducing the flow temperature to a minimum as it leaves the boiler, OpenTherm helps the boiler efficiency by running at lower flow temperatures for longer periods, thus ensuring more of the heat exchanger is at condensing temperatures.
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