Yes! For most people, smart heating is a good way to save money, but how much you save will depend on your lifestyle and how routine your days are.
You’re more likely to save if you are always out and about, leaving and returning at different times.
But even if you’re a relatively routing kind of person, you’ll probably save money over the long term because the outside world isn’t routine.
Unseasonable weather, for example, could mean your heating goes on when it’s already warm and turns off when it’s still cold – and changing your thermostat or timer every day isn’t something people tend to do.
But it’s not just about saving money. Smart heating gives you the convenience of control and the comfort of a warm home, whether you’re stuck on a bus on the evening commute or having a lie in on a Saturday morning.
How smart heating saves you money on your bills
So just how does smart heating save you money? There are three main ways, which in combination can make significant savings compared to a normal heating control with a timer.
They adapt to your lifestyle
With a traditional central heating timer, you set the times for the days of the week and weekend when the heating comes on and switches off, with the thermostat micro-managing the boiler itself. The problem is, people don’t live like that.
We have late nights and early mornings, we go on holiday, we miss the train and we have guests round with different schedules. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
With smart home heating, you have control at your fingertips, wherever you are. So when you’re held back at work for that essential meeting, you can open the app on your phone and pause the heating for a bit.
If you go out on a cold day and forget to turn the heating off, you can check that it’s on and switch it off wherever you are. In fact, some systems can automatically detect if you’re away from your home via GPS and alert you if your heating is on.
You’ve still got your regular timers set up, but being able to override it saves you money.
Monitor and adjust usage
Part of the software that comes with your smart control is a system that lets you analyse your past heating use and work out how best to economise.
You’ll quickly identify peaks where you might be overspending on gas, and you can make moves to eliminate waste by changing the way you heat your home or your water. But having that visibility is an essential part of learning about how you use your heating.
It beats human nature
When you’re curled up in front of a box set or having a well-earned lie in, are you going to go into the hall and adjust your thermostat if you’re getting too hot?
Unless you’re a stickler for saving, probably not. With a smart control, all you have to do is open the app and lower the thermostat, then get back to doing what you do best: relaxing.
With all these benefits, you can see how small savings can mount up over months and years. Added to the convenience of controlling your heat wherever you are, smart heating is the obvious choice.
Speak to the home heating professionals
If you’re sold on the money-saving prospects of a smart heating setup and you’re ready to start saving, why not get in touch so we can talk about installing an efficient, convenient heating control in your home? We can assess your current system and advise you on the best way forward. You probably won’t need a new boiler, tank or radiators as the smart tech all lives in the thermostat box. However, if you’re also thinking of upgrading your whole system, you can save money if we install all the hardware and controls at the same time. We look forward to helping you get more efficient!
Published: 2 February 2021