The cleverest way to stay cosy this winter – The SHW Guide to Smart Thermostats
As the days and nights get colder, many of us will be looking to turn up the heating and create that calm and cosy feeling inside our homes.
However, whilst switching the thermostat to full and leaving it there all winter might be a lovely thought, it’ll almost definitely come back to haunt you with sky high heating bills. To prevent this, if you’re after a nice warm home over winter that won’t break the bank, then it could be time to invest into a smart thermostat.
What are smart thermostats?
Smart thermostats are connected systems that control many aspects of a home’s heating. Most will require a connection to your boiler, with some models being made specifically for houses with a hot water tank or combi boiler.
The majority of smart thermostats will link in with a control app, whether that’s a specific app such as in the case of Tadoo, or a wider app that incorporates a number of different systems such as with Google’s Nest system. These apps communicate with your smart thermostat and allow you to set climate zones in your home or even using geofencing technology to recognise when you’re on your way home.
One of the best things about a smart thermostat is that it saves you money by giving you the ability to automate your home heating system to fit around your requirements, meaning you are only using it when you need it. Its monitoring features also means you avoid facing any nasty surprises on your winter utility bill.
How do I choose the right smart thermostat for me?
Organising to get a smart thermostat is pretty easy, but you will need to know a few things about your home. Firstly, you’ll need to work out what type of smart thermostat you need, which can change depending on whether your home uses a hot water controller or whether you have an existing wired thermostat.
Once you have this you’re almost set; however, if you’re renting your home then you will also need to check with the landlord or housing association to confirm you’re able to add one in.
How easy are they to install?
Most smart thermostats will have a comprehensive installation guide on their website. Installing them is usually simple, but if you’re a little DIY shy, most companies will offer installation from a qualified installer.
Alternatively, many plumbers and home improvements specialists will also be able to help out – or you can always upskill yourself with a few YouTube tutorials!
What are the key features of smart thermostats that I should be looking out for?
There are a wide range of smart thermostats to choose from, with many different features that can make a big difference to your home and your bills. Many of them will have similar features, but there are a couple of things to keep an eye out for;
- Any thermostats with Geofencing technology are a really great investment for those on the go, as they will automatically switch your heating system on or off depending on when you’re at home.
- Some smart thermostats have a learning or routine function, which will use geofencing to pick up on your habits and adjust your settings accordingly. So, they know to turn down the heating when you leave for work at 8AM, and to turn it back up for when you arrive home at 6PM!
- Some smart thermostats will come with energy monitoring services that allow you to see how much heating energy is being wasted; this, along with guarantees from some providers of money savings or money back, can make a real difference to your winter bills.
Would we recommend a smart thermostat?
In a word – yes. For a relatively low expense, smart thermostats have a wide array of benefits, from comfort to energy efficiency and even money saving, making them an ideal addition to your smart home.
Check out the new Tadoo Smart Thermostat V3, the latest upgrade to its smart thermostat. The system itself can be used with any type of heating, whether it’s a gas or oil boiler, or even underfloor heating. It comes with a step-by-step installation guide and a host of nifty features, such as geofencing technology, local weather monitoring which adjusts your heating accordingly, and a smart schedule which adjusts the heating to your routine.
Tadoo are so sure it will save you money in your heating bills, they’re offering a money back guarantee! You can find out more about the new Tadoo Smart Thermostat V3 at https://www.tado.com/gb-en/smart-thermostat-overview