How to Save Money with Smart Home Heating
Smart home heating is becoming common feature in many UK homes. Smart home heating saves homes a lot of the usual problems and stress associated with home heating and boilers. They allow for the easy adjustment of heating temperatures and controls via their smart applications that can be installed on your phone. With your phone, you can conveniently lower or increase the temperature of your boiler thermostat on the fly.
Generally, amongst the average bills of any home, the bills incurred from operating cooling and heating devices or equipment relatively cost more. Nevertheless, these systems are not some you can decide to do without at any time. Just like food, they could almost be classified as basic necessities. Imagine going through winter without any home heating system set up. The ordinary non-automated home heating systems are good; however, the evolution of technology has provided us with an even better option.
Smart home heating systems allow you to automatically activate, deactivate, control your home heating depending on the presence of people in the house or otherwise. When there are people around, the heater could be adjusted to a slightly increased level of heat, and it could as well be considerably or totally lowered when no one is at home. Smart home heating systems come in different forms, although they are quite similar since they all serve the purpose of controlling the heating in the home, they are mostly different in the way they function. Some smart heating systems will allow you to program or schedule specific times on which the heat is to be turned on or lowered. You could set your thermostat to increase the heat a few minutes or hours before you’d arrive home and off immediately you step out of the house. Others simply reduce or increase the heat depending on your proximity from home because the app is on your phone and connected to the internet or wifi.
Our research shows that, if you calculate all the fund going into your manual home heating, it could cover the cost for setting up a fully automated home heating system for your house thereby causing you to save a lot more money on bills. If you consider the difference in cost of having automated systems and ordinary heating systems over a period of a year, you will be able to notice the difference in cost. With the automated system costing way less over time. Most times the non-automated system could be accidentally left on and would remain that way when in fact an automated would efficiently turn the system off in the absence of people in the house. Some smart home heating systems will only provide heat for occupied rooms and completely turn down the heat in unoccupied areas of the house. This goes a long way in saving energy and cost by avoiding unnecessary waste of energy.
Smart home heating systems can be configured to have your house at exact temperatures depending on your preferences or even allow control from a remote access point like your smartphone or PC thus enabling you to alter the configurations from anywhere and at any time. Some smart thermostats are even integrated with voice assistance which could be a lot easy to handle and fun too.
In this article, we will provide you with more reasons why you should choose smart home heating to help you save more money.
The basic things that need checking
Before you run along to get a smart thermostat installed for your boiler or heater, there are a few basic things you might want to check first. You might not be able to optimize the use of a smart thermostat without first considering the little issues that could have you waste money unnecessarily. Your doors and windows should be check if properly sealed to ensure they are keeping as much heat in as possible.
Checking your insulation as it is very important. As recommended by experts, top up your insulation to about 250mm and consider fitting thermostatic radiator valves too.
Then you might want to upgrade your boiler connection to something that would not require you to just settle for turning on and off your boiler. For this, you’ll need a thermostat alongside a boiler that would support smart connections.
Create a smart schedule
Smart home heating can save you money by providing you with the option of setting a smart schedule. That is you can create a specific temperature schedule for your thermostat. With the aid of smart systems as Nest and Tado, you could easily set up temperatures for the specific time you want them rather than letting them run at random temperature all the time. This is because these systems can effectively read and tell how quickly your house can be heated up.
Depending on your lifestyle, you can set the temperatures for work days and weekend differently. You can even set them to the bare minimum if your lifestyle requires you to be out of the house more often than not.
You may also want to take the smart heating reports seriously and set your smart schedule according to the reports thus. This is a huge advantage of smart home heating over non-automated heating systems. Smart heating notifies you from time to time on how your house heats and cools. From the report, you can tell how fast different areas of the house heat up and then draw or alter your schedule to optimize the results.
Smart zoning can be achieved with the aid of smart thermostats. When you install a thermostat with zoning capabilities, different preferred temperatures can be set for different areas or rooms in the house. With the aid of motion sensors, your system can easily and effectively alter which zone to heat up and at what temperature you set whenever people enter or exit such zones. For example, the temperature in your empty room will automatically drop when the motion sensors can’t pick up anything. While the temperature in the living room would be slightly modified when people are in that zone. This way you save quite a lot by not having to keep the entire house at the same temperature at the same time. Unlike the non-automated heating system that would heat up every room in the house at the same temperature every time whether or not they are occupied, the smart heating system modifies temperature depending or whether or not a Zone or room is occupied.
If your temperature is regulated in this manner, there will be a noticeable difference when your next heating bill arrives.
Manual Control over Smart Control
You should understand that smart home heating systems regardless of their effectiveness do not possess intuitive capabilities like humans; therefore, they are still subject to your control and preference. Smart thermostats get better with time but can never be entirely perfect.
Take for example, a system that would allow for zoning of your apartment, regulating the temperature based on whether or not a zone in the house is occupied; the system cannot tell whether when you walk into your room, you would rather have the heating turned down. Or if you or your visitors have been in a super-warm environment before stepping into the house, and you’d rather have the heat lowered for a moment.
Also when you feel the weather might be getting warmer, you can turn down the heat manually even though it has been programmed to keep a certain temperature. While most top-notch smart heating systems like Tado can predict weather changes using internet forecasts, not all smart systems can effectively do that.
It is, therefore, necessary to understand that while these smart heating systems are indeed smart, they are not perfect. You do not have to leave the entire job to the smart thermostat. You can conveniently control them to even suit you better and save more energy as well as money.
Your choice of smart system
There are lots of smart heating system which although generally provide temperature moderation, do so in different ways. We can even go further to say some systems are smarter than others as they all have their unique qualities ascribed to them.
Some of the smart heating systems you may want to consider are;
- Honeywell Evohome
- Tado smart thermostat
- Nest Learning Thermostat
- Nest thermostat E
- Netatmo Smart Thermostat
- Hive; etc
These different thermostats and smart home heating systems all have different ways in which they work thus providing you the option of choosing which one best suits your lifestyle as well as save you lot of money over time.