That little box on the wall that displays the current temperature and / or a dial to set the temperature is your thermostat. The thermostat is connected to your central heating system, and it is used to control the temperature in your home.
From the thermostat unit on the wall, you have the option to either increase or decrease to the temperature you would like. Turning up the thermostat will cause your boiler to start in and begin to warm the home until it reaches the desired temperature. The thermostat will then monitor the temperature in the room and try to maintain that same temperature by firing up the boiler when the temperature drops. Simple and it does the job, but standard thermostats are not that smart and are quite inefficient.
Introducing smart thermostats
A smart thermostat is as it says on the tin, a thermostat that is smart. They perform the same core functions but with the addition of complete control over your central heating as well as the option to automate temperature changes.
Smart thermostats have been around for some time now. The first real ‘smart’ thermostat was introduced back in 2007 by a company called Ecobee. However, it was a few more years before bigger players brought out their own smart thermostats. In 2011, Nest (now Google Nest) released their first smart thermostat, and they soon became one of the main players in the smart thermostat market. They still are today having released several models, with Hive being another well-known brand.
The advantages of having a smart thermostat
- More Control: A digital thermostat is more accurate and can maintain the room temperature to that set to a much finer degree, ensuring that your home is more comfortable.
- Real-time information: Live and up-to-date information on how much energy you are using and has been consumed can be provided with data showing energy usage over time.
- Remote control: With smart thermostats, you have full control over your thermostat even when you are away from home. For example:
- Perhaps you leave the home in a rush and forget to turn the heating off. Simply, open your smart thermostat app and turn it off.
- Returning home from holiday and want the home to be warm? Open the app and turn the heating on so it is cosy on your return.
- Automation: Smart thermostats including the Google Nest include a sensor that can determine if you are at home or not and will automatically turn the heating off if you have gone out. In fact, most smart thermostats can run completely autonomously, warming, and cooling the home through machine learning of your habits and schedule.
Smart thermostats are slowly phasing out the traditional models as time progresses. The initial cost of a smart thermostat might be off-putting at first, but the control and insight provided by these smart units prevent you from wasting money and energy by warming the home when not necessary. Good for your pocket and the environment.
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