It’s safe to say that the rise in smart technology is making heating and regulating the temperature of your home a far easier task. So how exactly can smart technology help heat your home?
Using smart technology means that your thermostat can be easily personalised to suit your lifestyle and your preferences.
For example, if you prefer your house to be on the cooler side, but your visiting relatives won’t accept anything below 24 degrees, then the temperature on your thermostat can be easily changed whenever you need to alter it, without the trouble of having to wade through the settings on your thermostat.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest Learning Thermostat will also learn about your lifestyle. So, if you like a warm, cosy house when you wake up on a morning, but turn it down before you go to bed, your thermostat will remember this and change to your preferred temperature without requiring you to do anything.
With an older, traditional thermostat, running out of the door when you’re in a hurry means that you can easily forget to turn off the heating. However, using smart technology can help to lessen the worry of seeing a spike in your heating bills.
Some smart thermostats have ‘auto-away’ features, giving them the ability to use sensors to detect whether there is anyone in the house at any point. This means that if you do rush out and forget to change your settings, your thermostat will know to turn off the heating so you won’t be heating an empty house.
Alternatively, if you find that your dog keeps stopping your thermostat from going into auto-away, you can always program your away settings so your thermostat will turn off (or to a lower temperature so your pets are still warm) at specified times.
Many smart thermostats come with a mobile app that you can download to allow you to control your central heating when you’re away from your home. This means that when the weather suddenly turns cold and you’re leaving work, you can start heating your home so that it can be toasty and warm before you arrive.
Alternatively, if you’ve ever forgotten to change your thermostat settings before leaving for a holiday and have had to ask a relative to go to your house and turn the heating off, being able to control your thermostat from your phone means that you can quickly change your settings as soon as you remember - and you won’t have to bother your parents, siblings, best friend, neighbour...
As well as making heating your home easier, smart technology encourages energy efficiency and makes monitoring your energy use easier.
Nest Thermostats give you monthly reports about your energy usage, and show you exactly how your usage has changed, so if your bill changes, you can understand why. Also, Nest Thermostats encourage energy efficiency by showing a green leaf whenever you change your temperature to a more efficient setting.
The more you follow the leaf, the more energy efficient you will become - and the more money you will save on your energy bills! If you want to learn more about saving energy with your thermostat, read our previous blog on how the Nest Thermostat can save money on your energy bills.
Investing in smart technology for your home is an effective way to improve the comfort of your home and help minimise your energy bills. And with smart thermostats integrating with other pieces of technology such as security cameras, your home can be more efficient as a whole. If you would like to learn about how we can make your home smarter, give us a call.
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