The smart way to heat a home

Boilers and thermostats that offer homeowners control, convenience and efficiency are a far more responsive means of heating a property.

smart controlsWhen it comes to boilers, the technological revolution has finally arrived. You can invest in a new boiler that operates far more efficiently, brining you much needed relief when it comes to the energy bill. But there is a new kid on the block – the smart thermostat. Available from leading retailers such as Evans Energy Solutions, they offer something to every homeowner.

Smart is a word we associate with many different things, including app technology and mobile phones – and this is exactly what we mean when it comes to smart thermostats. But are they a gimmick of which you will soon tire, or worth their weight in gold?

What is a smart thermostat?

There are now many different brands and manufacturers that offer a smart thermostat. It is a device that is used to connect you, via your phone, with the boiler so that you can make adjustments to the temperature in your property even if you are not home.

Get a very smart thermostat, and you can use the app to adjust the temperature to be different in each room.

The benefits smart thermostats offer include:

  • Convenience

We are all being encouraged and cajoled into taking steps that will see us use less energy (“lean, green and clean!” as the slogan says). This can only be a good thing if you are heating, lighting and powering your home using non-renewable resources. It is also a good thing if you are using energy from a renewable, alternative source such as solar energy and wind power.

So, keeping an eye of the temperature, switching the heat off or lowering it is just as much about saving energy as it is about it being convenient for you.

If you are going to be late home, log on, access your app and delay the surge of heat in your home by 30 minutes or whenever you will be returning home. Likewise, you may want to increase the heat in the upstairs of your home, as opposed to downstairs and so on.

Seeing as we are all on our phone most, if not all of the time, it is probably far more convenient for the majority of us to spend 30 seconds making a quick alteration this way than any other.

  • Control

Walking hand in hand with convenience is control. In order to maximise your use of energy, getting the most from it, you need to be in control.

Before smart technology and most modern-day boilers, we set the heat to come on around the clock. If you knew the family would all be piling in through the door at 5pm, you could set the heat for 4.30, telling it to switch of its activity around 9pm.

Looking back, it seems odd that we set the heat of our homes around time. How many of us altered the time on the boiler clock if we knew no one would be in till 7pm? Not many.

Eventually, this was the period of activity – in other words, between the on and off time you set the boiler clock, you told the boiler at what temperature you wanted your home. It would duly belt out heat but again, this method was still missing the element of convenient and efficient control.

A smart thermostat allows you to control the time and temperature, as well as more finite controls too.

  • Efficient (and therefore saves you money)

Once you have invested in the thermostat, you will find that it will pay you back several times over the years that you use it. Some people may gulp at the price of some of the more sophisticated smart thermostats on the market but, the more ‘basic’ models can still have high capabilities.

All that said, it pales in to insignificance when you see how much money you could save. That half an hour of energy you may have used to heat an empty home is now saved, so you are paying for x number of kilowatts over so many hours that you need it.

Are smart thermostats the way forward for everyone?

When it comes to smart thermostats, it is about balancing need with the resources that are available to buy it. If you have a smartphone, a modern-ish boiler and a scattering of technological sense, then this is the way forward for you.