Smart technology seems to be common place in most homes, but what should I think about to ensure my investment doesn’t go out of date?
“In recent years, technology has been developing at a rapid pace; as soon as the latest product is on the market, the next version is already being talked about. Whilst this is part of the excitement of innovation, it can also feel like we need to keep replacing our gadgets, if we want to ‘keep up’.
“When it comes to the home, there are some simple things to take into consideration to ensure your investment stands the test of time.
“Firstly, think about technology that is going to improve your lifestyle and potentially save you money in the years ahead. Whilst soundbars and smart TVs are great products to have in the home, they might be more of a fad, rather than offering a long-term lifestyle change. Instead, technology like smart heating that can reduce your household running costs could offer more longevity and add more value to the home. App-controlled heating systems, such as the Wiser system from Drayton, allow you to set, monitor and adjust your heating from anywhere, creating a more comfortable home and reducing your energy costs.
“Next, think about how smart products can work alongside each other as part of a connected home, so consider smart plugs as well as smart heating, for example. More and more elements of our homes are being controlled by voice assistants, so choose devices that are compatible with the likes of Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant - especially as more than one in ten UK adults now own a smart speaker.
“Also look for a product that integrates with smart platforms, such as IFTTT, doing this will instantly enhance the capabilities of your device as you can combine functionalities, such as geo-location and Away Mode, which will enable your heating to be synced with your movements.
“It is also important to think about how your home might need to change in the future, so invest in smart technology that’s buildable and can be adapted as your home and family evolves. Wiser allows you to create up to 16 different heating zones using smart radiator thermostats that can be controlled at the touch of a button. This means you only need to heat the rooms you are using and you can adapt the heating programmes, as your family’s lifestyle changes. So, whilst you have a full house, all bedrooms can be kept warm but when your children start to leave the nest, you can change the programme to ensure you aren’t heating empty rooms. New radiator thermostats can also be added over time, so if you extend your home, the new rooms can be incorporated into the system too.
“As we’re all living longer, opt for smart products that will make life easier, if our health and physical mobility changes. Controlling your heating for example, via an app or voice assistant can make a huge difference later in life, so investing in smart technology like this now can continue to deliver benefits in years to come.
“Finally, smart technology is always developing and upgrades are constantly taking place, with this in mind choose smart products from an established manufacturer who will continue to invest in the platform to offer you the best service possible. Wiser is manufactured in the UK by Drayton who has been producing market leading heating products for the last 60 years and will constantly offer you the best products possible.”
Recommended retail prices for Wiser start from £139.99 for a Thermostat Kit 1 (room thermostat, heat hub and app) and £219.99 for a Multi-zone Kit 1 (room thermostat, heat hub, app and two radiator thermostats). Individual Wiser radiator thermostats retail at £44.99. The Smart Plug retails at £41.99. All prices are inclusive of VAT.
For more information on Wiser, visit wiser.draytoncontrols.co.uk or follow @DraytonHome on Twitter.