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Heating

Why smart heating? Convenient and energy efficient

Smart thermostats, sensors and outlets are energy efficient devices that help you to save costs without sacrificing the comfort of a warm, cozy home. In fact, comfort and convenience are the main benefits of smart heating with features like scheduling, automation, remote control and geofencing.

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Main player: smart thermostats

A smart thermostat is the central device behind a smart heating system. Its basic functions are similar to those of your standard thermostat. They can be installed right where your traditional thermostat is, connecting to the same wires to the HVAC systems (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) you have in your home. However, this is the only main similarity between traditional and smart thermostats.

Traditional vs. smart thermostats

Connectivity: Smart thermostats connect directly to your home WiFi network (though some thermostats require a bridge to do so). This connection opens up a whole host of options that are presented on your smartphone via companion apps.

Smart control: Companion apps give you access to number of useful smart features and functionalities. These include, but are not limited to, the ability to remotely control the thermostat from anywhere and setting automatic schedules for when the thermostat should turn on/off each day.

Hands-free control: In some cases, smart thermostats are also compatible with either the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or Apple's Siri voice assistants. This allows you to fully control your heating system through simple voice commands.

Manual control: Of course, you also have the option to manually control the temperature on a smart thermostat. Many smart thermostats feature a touchscreen that allows for easy control, as well as providing a cutting-edge design.

How does smart heating save money?

Scheduling

Scheduling allows you to heat up your home as and when you need it. If you forget to turn off the thermostat before you leave for work, you can still turn the heating off remotely, through your smartphone. Thanks to WiFi connectivity, the smart thermostat may also increase or decrease the temperature by taking the local weather forecast into account. By creating customizable schedules for your heating system you can save up to 23% on your energy bills. Smart heating will pay for itself!

Energy-consumption analysis

Many other thermostats will also provide detailed reports on how your heating and cooling system is functioning. So, with your choice of thermostats, you can regularly monitor the efficiency of your system and adjust your heating behavior as needed to get the most efficient setup possible. When you use the thermostat, over time it'll refine its data and analysis, allowing for more detailed and accurate reports.

You can calculate projected savings for your connected home here:

The different types of smart thermostats

There are a few different forms that smart thermostats can take. Each serves it's own specific purpose and has certain smart features and functionalities. The three main types of smart thermostats are radiator thermostats, central heating thermostats and underfloor heating thermostats.

Radiator thermostats

Radiator thermostats attach directly to the radiator, just as the name implies. They allow you to control the temperature of the rooms throughout your home by controlling the radiators individually in each specific room. Radiators can fine-tune the temperature in the house by controlling the temperature room by room. Radiator thermostats are particularly ideal for apartments without their own boiler or central heating system. And even if you have multiple radiators, you can control them all together through a single app.

Central heating thermostats

Central heating thermostats serve as information centers and control units for central heating systems. A controller is attached directly to the heating source, while the control panel is installed somewhere accessible in your connected home. This allows you to control the heating system easily and conveniently from one place. This is ideal for homeowners who have access to a central heating system.

Underfloor heating thermostats

Underfloor heating thermostats are also an option if your home has an electric and water underfloor heating system in place. These thermostats enable wireless control through an app or manual settings. These devices shouldn’t be overlooked. Underfloor heating thermostats often use less energy to reach the desired temperature.

Smart connections: working with other smart home tech

Impressively, smart thermostats can work together with other smart devices to create an even more efficient smart heating system. Some of the most useful devices that can be added to your connected home heating system include smart sensors and smart outlets.

Smart sensors

Smart sensors work closely with your smart thermostat to provide accurate temperature readings. They're especially useful when the main thermostats are stuck on a wall in the hallway, where they can’t read accurate temperature for all parts of the house. Smart sensors can also detect the humidity, presence and air quality, in addition to temperature.

Smart window sensors can be used to refine your smart heating controls. A smart thermostat will shut itself down once it realizes an open window is siphoning all the heat. And a presence sensor can be a useful addition to your setup too. Even after the thermostat learns your schedule and behavior, your plans might change and you might be out for the night. A smart sensor will keep your thermostat informed.

Smart outlets

Smart outlets are useful devices that help you to keep track of energy use so that you’re more aware of how you’re expending energy. This will allow you to identify areas where you can cut costs. Smart outlets are also energy efficient in that they prevent electrical surges and consequently damaged devices.

Smart outlets can also connect “ordinary” devices to WiFi and your smartphone. Plug in a fan through a smart plug and then control it directly using your smartphone. Devices connected through smart plugs can also work in tandem with other smart devices. For example, with the right ecosystem and settings, fans can turn on automatically when a sensor detects a high level of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in the air. Fans and space heaters can turn off automatically when the thermostat turns on. With various devices, your smart heating controls are only multiplied.

Installation: easier than you think

A smart heating system doesn’t require the installation of an entirely new setup or a large cash investment. Smart thermostats connect to the heating infrastructure you already have and it then connects directly to your home WiFi network. No third party helpers are necessary to install the device. Most of the time, you only need a screwdriver and about 30 minutes of your time. The hardest part of installing would be to keep track of which wire is which, but stickers or labeled tape help with this.

Smart thermostats can be connected to the following heating systems, as well as retro-fitted to older heating systems:

  • Underfloor heating
  • Gas and oil thermal baths
  • Electric underfloor heating
  • Condensing boiler
  • Low-temperature boiler
  • Air and geothermal heat pump
  • Floating circuit system
  • System with analog and digital BUS interfaces
  • System with switching voltage (up to 230 V)