Smart heating is a fundamental part of making your home smarter. A task that on the surface might sound complicated and intricate but with the help of our smart heating beginners guide, you’ll be an expert in no time!
What Is a Smart Heating
Upgrading your home heating to a smart system means that you’re able to fully control all aspects of your home heating. It might sound very similar to a regular digital display thermostat set up but here is where it differs. Smart heating is more than just a thermostat, it’s a complete package that includes smart radiator thermostats and clever software that learns the thermal properties of your home. Some systems also include draft and humidity sensors to prevent wasted energy in your home.
We touched on smart radiator thermostats above. These clever little devices allow you to control room-to-room heating to maintain the perfect temperatures in each room. Examples of this include families with a baby who want to maintain a higher temperature in the nursery. You could even reduce the temperature in the kitchen to avoid stuffy situations whilst cooking. Zoned-heating could save you up to 18% on your energy usage.
How to Get Started?
To get started, you’ll need to make sure your boiler is compatible with a smart thermostat. Once this is confirmed you need to purchase a smart thermostat, smart radiator valves, ensure you have an internet connection and you’re pretty much ready to set up your new system!
- Install the Heat Hub
- Get the Wiser App
- Add your devices
How to Commission a Wiser Multi-Zone Kit
Smart Heating Benefits
There are many benefits of upgrading to smart heating, the first is how simple and easy these systems are to use.
As we’ve already touched on, smart thermostats are connected to the internet and thus can communicate with apps such as the weather and can use IFTTT and geofencing. Over time your smart thermostat will learn the thermal properties of your home and therefore understand how long it takes to heat up different rooms. This, paired with weather data, will inform your boiler when to start heating rooms, ensuring the most effective way to heat your home, reducing the amount of wasted energy and saving you money.
IFTTT stands for ‘if this then that’ and can be used with your smart heating system to activate geofencing. This clever feature lets you set up triggers so your smart thermostat reacts to actions such as the last person leaving the home so it lowers the temperature by a couple of degrees. These little features will save you even more money over time.
Smart heating is compatible with smart devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google assistant which help transform your household into a smart home. Once these devices are linked into your smart home network you can should simple demands such as:“Alexa set the master bedroom to 18 degrees”
“Ok Google, turn the hot water on at 5 pm”.
You can also integrate devices such as smart plugs which allow you to transform any electrical appliance into a smart device. For example, if you plug a device such as an iron into a smart plug then you’ll be able to check the status of this plug from your app. Long are the days where you get to work and wonder if you’ve turned your hair straighteners off!
Smarter Households with Wiser
We hope that you’ve found our smart heating beginners guide useful and if you’d like to find out more about our flexible Wiser heating system, you can view all products online. If you’re struggling to decide what products are best for you then we have a product selector tool available.
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