A Guide to Smart Thermostats

As you look towards the New Year and the appliances in your home, we all hope to be more efficient, and a Smart Thermostat offers that opportunity in abundance. But what do you need to know?

What is a Smart Thermostat?

A smart thermostat differs from a typical room thermostat in that it gives you complete control of your home’s heating on a daily basis. You are able to manage the temperature from a remote location through your smartphone, tablet or desktop, and will benefit from a heads-up display of your real time energy consumption, and can adjust this automatically based on humidity and weather.

How Does a Smart Thermostat Benefit Me?

As well as the obvious in-depth in insights into energy consumption, which can potentially save considerably on you bill, smart thermostats have some rather useful little tricks that you can make the most of on a daily basis. For example, if you left the home on a cold day, and wanted to come back into a warm house, you can leave set the heating to come on just before you get home. That way, you stay nice and warm and don’t heat an empty house.

What Types are Available?

There are a number of Smart Thermostats available on the market. Some of the key ones include.

  • British Gas’ Hive – The Hive Active Heating is built around a dashboard which enables users to manage their home’s temperature using a smart device.
  • E.ON Touch – The Touch system is able to adjust both heating and hot water via the smartphone app, allowing greater control of usage and cost.
  • EDF Energy’s HeatSmart – EDF are the most recent big supplier to partner with a smart heating device, and is available to anyone for £199 including installation.

We can help to advise you on the best Smart Thermostat for your home.