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Smart Central Heating Jargon Buster

In recent years, Energy Efficiency and Savings have grown in importance as people look to reduce their usage and their bills. Knowing how your smart central heating system works is vital, so here’s a short alphabetical list of common terms and what they mean:

 

Smart central heating terminology

Central heating thermostat

Not to be confused with smart devices, a central heating thermostat is the basic control for adjusting your system. It may have a digital display, allow you to set schedules and override as well as adjust your hot water. It isn’t, however, part of a connected smart central heating system.

 

Geofencing

This is a feature of some smart heating systems that allows you to link your home to the GPS system in your smartphone. Simply put, if the system detects your phone has passed through a boundary, it will turn your heating off to save energy. Then, when it detects you approaching the home, it will turn your heating back on to the schedules you’ve set.

 

IFTTT

This acronym stands for ‘If This, Then That’ which is a protocol that connects different apps and devices around your home. It then allows them to take actions that they couldn’t do by themselves by creating customised automation via triggers. 

A simple example of IFTTT Automation would be: 

"If temperature in the bedroom drops below 15°C, then turn on the heating in that room”. 

 

Pairing

This is the process of adding a new wireless device to your network. 

 

Smart meter

This isn’t to be confused with smart heating or smart thermostats. A smart meter is completely separate and is provided by your energy supplier to replace old gas and electricity meters. 

It sends your meter readings directly to your energy supplier to remove the need for you to send them meter readings. Suppliers then don’t need to send you estimated bills either. Smart meters include a digital display that you can plug in at home to give you information on your energy usage. 

 

Smart plug

This smart home device lets you control electrical appliances remotely to provide more automation. They simply plug in to regular sockets, then you connect the electrical device into the smart plug. Many smart plugs are designed to complement other smart home systems. For example, Wiser Plugs can be controlled through the same app as your Wiser smart heating. 

 

Smart radiator thermostat

These clever devices fit directly on your radiator valves and connect to your home Wi-Fi network to provide Multi-Zone Heating Control. Upgrading to room-to-room control has been shown to save as much as 18% on your energy bills. View Smart Radiator Thermostats by Wiser Here.

 

Smart room thermostat

Arguably the Most Popular Smart Home Device, they are also known by ‘Wi-Fi thermostat’, ‘smart thermostat’ and ‘smart hub’. Essentially, a smart room thermostat connects to a Wi-Fi network to offer more flexibility and control. Designed to work remotely with a smartphone app, a wireless smart thermostat lets you: 

  • View room temperatures and setpoints

  • Create zones to control the heating in different areas of your home

  • Override settings to boost or reduce temperatures. 

See more in-depth information on the Wiser Smart Room Thermostat Here.

 

Smart speaker

A smart speaker is a device that connects to your home Wi-Fi network. It then allows you to play music, and listens to and responds to your commands to provide you with information. With Wiser you can use voice commands to adjust your home’s heating with either Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant.

 

Thermostat app

Smart heating systems can be controlled on your smartphone or tablet via an app that you download onto your device. You can also add new devices quickly and get other valuable information about your system. For example, the Wiser App gives you access to the Smart Modes as well as Insights and Heat Reports to help save you energy and money.

 

TRV

This stands for Thermostatic Radiator Valve and these are the conventional non-smart valve controls fitted to home radiators. These must be manually turned to adjust your heating room-to-room.

 

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