Wiser’s Smart Radiator Thermostats (also known as Smart TRVs) are an easy and affordable way to upgrade your heating controls. They are more convenient and simpler to adjust than traditional TRVs and can lead to a More Energy Efficient Home. But today, we’re answering a few simple questions: are they worth the initial investment and why?
What is a Smart TRV, and how do they work?
Smart Radiator Thermostats are similar in appearance to traditional TRVs. Both are installed by attaching them to an existing radiator valve and both work by controlling the hot water flow into radiators. But Smart TRVs are more flexible, letting you set unique schedules from anywhere using a Smartphone App in addition to manual boosting by turning a cap.
How can they save you energy?
Whilst the convenience offered by these smart features is a key advantage, another significant benefit of Wiser is energy efficiency. With our smart heating systems, you could Save 18% on your Heat Energy Usage and considerable energy bill reductions. A 2014 Ofgem report suggested Smart TRVs could reduce an annual energy bill by nearly 30%, primarily through:
As an example of this, an unused bedroom can remain cooler than the rest of the house until you have guests. At which point, you can simply boost the heating to increase comfort levels. Meanwhile, the living room can be set to only have the heating on during the evenings if it’s only required then.
Essentially, multi-zone heating stops the majority of wasted energy that traditional TRVs can’t avoid by providing much easier control.
Smart Heating Insights and Modes
In addition to room-to-room control, Wiser TRVs give you a variety of smart home product features that enable further energy savings. This means that using the app, you can access even more precise Smart Heating with:
Insights and a Heat Report to manage your home’s energy usage
Smart Modes to simplify scheduling
Are Smart Radiator Thermostats worth it?
To summarise, the long-term energy savings that Smart Radiator Thermostats can achieve easily makes them worth the initial investment. But the key is to set up your home system effectively. Because they can be bought individually, you should start with a couple in the rooms where you’re most concerned about energy wastage. Then, you can decide how to expand your system from there!