Smart Boiler Controllers & Thermostats
Heating controls have come on leaps and bounds in recent years. With a variety of controls on the market, from simple traditional controls to state-of-the-art smart thermostats that tell you how much energy you’re using while allowing you to adjust the temperature of your home from the office on your smartphone, so there’s certainly a control panel for everyone!
What is a Smart Thermostat?
There are several different smart thermostats on the market now, and they are all capable of different things. Easy-to-use apps for your smartphone allow you to adjust the heating schedule when you are out for longer than you expect or are coming home early.
Others, such as Nest, are actually able to learn your preferences, and are able to sense when the house is empty, thereby turning the heating to “eco” until you set it to “on” again, either by coming home or turning the heating on via the app on your smartphone or tablet.
There are often other added extras, too. For example, the Honeywell Lyrics range uses geofencing to detect when you’re on your way home, turning the heating on so that the house is at the perfect temperature by the time you walk through the door and can even connect to other smart-home technologies, such as the Amazon Echo or Apple Homekit giving you more options.
Some boilers are smarter now too with technology such as Ebus and OpenTherm saving you money by moving away from the old “on/off” system of heating, and creating a more efficient way for the boiler to reach your set level of comfort.
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