New technology smart thermostats allow the user greater control of their heating, linked to the internet they let you control your heating and hot water via a smart phone, tablet or desktop and can also learn your habits enabling it to automatically heat your home when you need it.
How do they work?
A normal room thermostat just lets you change the temperature in your home using a dial or control panel. A smart thermostat gives you more efficient, more user friendly and more accessible control over your homes heating using three basic components.
The first component plugs directly into your boiler and can wirelessly talk to the second component, the in-home device that is the thermostat and main control.
The third component is an app that is downloaded to a smartphone (or tablet). Users remotely control the thermostat/main control device via the app, allowing them to adjust their heating from wherever they are.
This is the basic makeup of most smart thermostats. Some smart thermostats offer more, such as ‘learning’ your schedule by detecting when your smartphone is in the house, or even taking it step further by detecting when you’re on your usual route home, and preparing your home to the desired temperature.
What are the benefits?
The ability to remotely control a home’s temperature appeals to those with hectic schedules; if you have a late-running meeting there’s no reason to heat an empty home, right? On holiday and realised you forgot to turn off the heat? Fixing the error is just a few taps away on your smartphone.
Smart thermostats don’t directly save you money the way switching energy supplier can. However, they provide the ability to heat your home more efficiently which should save you in the long run. You will also receive reports about your usage, which can help you better understand your heating usage, and adjust your behaviour and preferences accordingly to save money.