If your energy costs are a big concern for you then you’re one of many other British households with the same worries. With gas prices expected to rise again this year, Brits will feel the squeeze once again thanks to inflated energy bills and rising household costs. So what can you do to tackle this head on?
The smart solution
Smart home technology offers one solution to beating the bills and it is becoming more common in homes up and down the country. Installing easy-to-use smart thermostats, for example, allow you to monitor your home’s temperature on a room-by-room basis, helping you to keep an eye on your energy usage via a smart device. Nearly half of UK homeowners have already reduced their energy costs using smart heating solutions.
Top tips for choosing the right smart heating system
Depending on the price point and quality, smart heating systems come with many different features. It can be quite daunting to choose the right one so here are some top tips on what to consider before purchasing:
1. Check compatibility: It’s important to make sure that everyone who needs access can control the system from their own smart device and that it connects to any other existing smart home devices, such as lighting and security. For example, a smart thermostat may require an Apple iOS therefore can only be controlled via an Apple device.
If you and your family have a mix of iPhones and Androids, heating accessories from Homematic are the simplest solution. The “Homematic IP” app is available for both iOS and Android, so anyone in the family can control the heating.
2. Talk to the heater: If you already have smart home technology in use, such as the Apple HomeKit or Amazon Alexa, the heating control system from Tado might be of interest to you. Thermostats like the Tado SRTcan be connected to both systems and then conveniently controlled by voice commands, such as: “Alexa, set the temperature in the living room to 22 degrees”.
3. Multi-room control: With this feature you can control smart thermostats in several rooms at once, without the need to visit all the rooms to change the settings separately.
4. Save time with pre-set controls: You can save time by setting up the smart heating solution to automatically change the heating in any room throughout the day. This also saves energy so you’re not heating unused rooms.
5. Smart learning heating controls: Some smart thermostats have the ability to learn the preferred settings of users and change the heating according to their routines. Your home can automatically adapt to you and your needs.
6. Adapt to weather patterns: Smart heating systems that can adapt to weather patterns mean the temperature of the room can be adjusted depending on the temperature outside so you’re nice and toasty on a cold day.
7. Motion sensors and GPS tracking: GPS tracking features on your phone can allow you to adjust the temperature even before you get home. The smart thermostat will know when you’re nearby and switch on the heating so it’s warm when you walk through the door. Motion sensors will similarly sense when you arrive and leave - you will never have to worry about leaving the heat turned on again whilst out all day.
Smart heating is a great solution to improve your energy efficiency at home, saving you time and reducing costs. These top tips can help you to choose the right solution for you and your home, so you can enjoy the benefits of smart home technology.
*Research of 1,000 UK adults conducted by OnePoll in November 2017.
Written by: Thomas Kruse, product manager for smart home technology, reichelt