Smart Heating Controls

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Why Choose a Smart Thermostat?

Smart thermostats are a new trend that allows you to control your heating on the go from your phone, tablet or other devices. They're touted as a great way to save cash, but they're not cheap – so whether one will save you money depends on how you use it and what type of home you have.

What can smart thermostats do?

Smart thermostats allow you to control your heating from a device that is not at home. It means that you can take charge of your heating from another location whether it's work or on the go. What's more, many smart thermostats let you programme in advance so you can set your heating so it starts to warm up before you get home from work.

How are they different from standard thermostats?

Traditional programmable thermostats and smart thermostats (also known as programmable thermostats with 'connected' or 'touch screen' displays) are both fitted the same way. The only difference is that smart thermostats can be controlled remotely, which makes them perfect for letting you take charge of your heating even when you're not at home.

Will it work with my boiler?

A simple way to tell is by looking at the type of boiler that you have. If it's an electric boiler, then a smart thermostat will not help in any way. If it's a gas, oil or solid fuel boiler, then the answer is 'maybe'. This is because they can support most heating systems in homes in the UK and Ireland. Nevertheless, some boilers may need a little more work than others in order to get them to talk to your smart thermostat.

How much do smart thermostats cost?

A smart thermostat will cost on average £160-£350, which may seem expensive but some estimate that they save up to £130 per year so it can work out more than paying for itself.

But if your home is more energy-efficient, for example, it has double glazing or loft insulation, then you are less likely to see the savings that others make.

How do I control it?

Smart thermostats can be controlled via an app on your phone or tablet. This means you can think about your heating needs even when you're not at home. You can also save money by programming your heating to come on only when you need it, like when you're coming home from work.

Can smart thermostats help you save money?

Saving money is always a good thing, so are smart thermostats worth the investment? It's hard to say for sure because it depends on how much you use your thermostat. But if you use it frequently it could save you up to £130 per year. However, if you have an electric boiler then a smart thermostat won't help you at all. So even if you don't use it a lot, a smart thermostat combined with a gas or solid fuel boiler could still save you money.

For more info and tips check out our guide to central heating systems

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