Smart heating is a key part of every home going forward, into the smart era. It is not only a question of convenience any more. Smart heating systems are a way to deal with lacking resources and fuel costs that go up dynamically. The ability to heat our homes in an efficient way is becoming essential to every household’s economics, and in the broader perspective – for the environment as well. The aim of all smart technologies is simple and the same for all solutions: efficiency. This means maximum comfort for minimal cost.
The right choice of central heating system will depend on the type and size of your home, the way you use its space (like which rooms are used most and in which hours), and your requirement to save money.
Central heating in its latest form offers smart and remote control over your heating and hot water. If you want to go smart with your heating system all you need to start with is a boiler or central heating. With these, you will likely be able to fit any of the smart systems available on the market, like Nest, Hive, Tado, Honeywell or Heat Genius. You simply put one of these smart thermostats into the room you use most often or in the hallway, and set the temperature of the whole house to match that room. As with all smart technologies, an easy-to-use app will make it possible to control and monitor your central heating from your laptop, smartphone or tablet.
Most smart thermostats come with sensor to gather data about local weather or humidity and adjust the temperature accordingly. They can sense or be programmed to know when nobody is home and automatically switch to ’away’ mode, saving considerable amounts of energy. Some systems can even use geofencing and GPS to locate you on your way home and turn the heating on automatically just in time for you to come back and enjoy the warm comfort of your home.
Some of the more advanced systems (like Heat Genius or Evohome) offer smart wireless thermostatic radiator valves (TRV) to divide your home into zones and then heating each of the zone individually. This way some rooms are heated only when you need them to be warm, like guest bedroom or seldom used bathroom, and you avoid overheating of the rest of the house. You can also program the heating to turn on in certain times of day, when the room is used. These systems offer more convenience and also may result in greater savings. However, they are a bit more of an investment.
The most impressive and smart features of the third generation smart central heating is that they are able to learn exactly the way you use your heating, sense if anyone is home or not, how hot you like it when you are in and how long your boiler takes to get the house up to the desired temperature. Systems like that (just to mention Nest, for instance) are equipped with motion detectors, several temperature sensors and a humidity gauge. They can adapt totally to your lifestyle, learning how warm you like your rooms to be at certain times to create personalized heating schedule. Additionally the devices can be connected to other smart appliances in your home. Nest, for instance, offers the central heating connection to cameras or smoke alarm. This way thermostat can give information to the camera to turn on, as it senses that no one is home. Or it can alert smoke alarm to scan certain zone where the temperature got unusually high. Other producers also offer interconnectivity and are compatible with such technologies as martThings, WeMo and Philips Hue.
Saving money on your energy bills is definitely one of the most common reasons people choose smart central heating. Smart thermostats provide the ability to heat your home more efficiently, which in the long run is a significant energy saver. You will also receive reports about your usage, which can be helpful to understand your heating usage ad adjust your habits to your actual needs and preferences.
All in all, every house can be turned into a more efficient and comfortable home with smart central heating system connected to other appliances, however the optimal solution will be different for each house and its users.