Households in the UK are becoming increasingly ‘smarter’ with the use of gadgets. These gadgets allow you to control normal daily tasks such as switching on lights via your smartphone or voice. Thanks to devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home, voice control is now pretty much considered the normal. It’s how many people do many things around the home.
When it comes to your central heating and hot water systems, technology is also heading towards this direction. There is a wide range of smart thermostats available that will allow you to change the central heating and hot water settings within your home. This can be done from anywhere in the world at the touch of a button or by the command of your voice. Here are some of the best smart thermostats available at the moment.
Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat is a very clever device indeed. It gives you precise control of the temperature. Not only that, but it also creates a personalised schedule for your home. This completely eliminates the need for a programmer, and also gives you the tools to save energy. It comes in a wide range of different colours to suit the style and mood of your home.
The Nest Learning Thermostat has an auto-away function. This cleverly automatically turns the heating down when you are not at home. The learning technology in the Nest thermostat is also able to learn how quickly your home heats up. It can then adapt accordingly.
This thermostat also comes with an app that allows you to control the central heating and hot water within your home. This can be done from anywhere in the world. All you need is a smartphone or tablet.
Hive Active Heating Thermostat
The Hive thermostat was probably one of the original smart thermostats out there. Back in the day it was pretty cumbersome, but these days it’s as good as – if not better – than many of the others. Working seamlessly with your existing heating system, with the Hive thermostat you can control the central heating with your phone or your voice.
You can set schedules, get alerts if you leave the heating on and many other features which will allow you to save as much as £120 per year on your energy bills. The Hive app is easy to use and will allow you to change the temperature of your home from anywhere in the world.
Bosch EasyControl Thermostat
Available in two colours – black or white. This thermostat is wall-mounted and has a modern, sleek design. This means that it will look stylish in virtually any home. It features an ambient voloured display that will keep you informed of the current central heating and hot water situation in your home.It also features a variety of different coloured fading lights which notifies the user when the EasyControl is changing modes or settings.
The great thing about the Bosch EasyControl is the fact that you can connect it to Bosch smart radiator thermostats which will allow you to control the temperature in each room separately. Using the latest technology, the Bosch EasyControl is able to turn the heating down when you’re not at home, and up when you arrive.
This is all overseen by an easy-to-use mobile app, which shows your hot water and heating usage as well. You can even book your annual boiler service with the app.
Honeywell EvoHome Thermostat
When it comes to heating controls in the UK, no information will be complete if the brand name Honeywell aren’t mentioned. They have been a popular name in the heating industry for decades, which is why they are also leading the way with innovative devices to make life easier for us.
The EvoHome thermostat with wi-fi allows you to be in full control of your central heating and hot water system – wherever you are in the world. What sets the EvoHome apart from a lot of other smart thermostats is the fact that it allows yu to add multiple heating zones within your home. This means you can control each room’s temperature individually and precisely.
Like other smart thermostats, the EvoHome is controllable via an app on your mobile phone or tablet. All you need is the app and an internet connection.
Vaillant vSMART Thermostat
Connecting your boiler to the Vaillant vSMART thermostat will allow you to control your heating and hot water from anywhere. Featuring a wireless connection, paper display and handy features such as the ability to self-learn and compensate for the weather, this really is a clever piece of kit.
The self-learning features of the vSMART thermostat will mean that it understands your home’s heating requirements from the very second that you switch it on. Just input your desired temperature and the thermostat willadjust the output of your boiler to match.
Weather compensation means that the thermostat will use local weather data to determine the outside temperatures that the boiler has to work against. For example, if it’s particularly cold outside, then the vSMART will tell the boiler to output more heat.
Frequently Asked Questions
A smart thermostat controls the central heating and hot water like your existing thermostat. The difference is that a smart thermostat is connected to your home WiFi network. So you can control your heating and water settings from anywhere in the world.
The price of a smart thermostat will depend on which one you buy. Typically they cost between £100 to £200, but they can be found for less when manufacturers offer promotions.
This will largely depend on your skill level. A very competent DIYer who has experience with electrics should be able to install a smart thermostat themselves. However the best advice is to leave it to the professionals if you’re in any doubt at all.