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What is a smart thermostat?

Posted on 28 June 2018


Smart technology has transformed the way we regulate energy. With a number of smart products making their way into our homes, controlling the amount of electricity we use has become easier than ever before. Smart thermostats are the latest trend to make an appearance, helping you regulate how much energy you’re using to heat your home day to day.

What is a smart thermostat?

A smart thermostat lets you control your home heating remotely from a smart device, usually a mobile phone or tablet. If you’re out and about, this means you can switch your heating on before you get in, or quickly switch it off if you need to leave the house.

Some of the best smart thermostats can even start to learn your daily routine, switching on and off automatically to coincide with your habits. For instance, if you usually get up at a certain time in the morning, some smart thermostats will remember this and update the system automatically.

How does a smart thermostat work?

Smart thermostats are connected to your home Wi-Fi and controlled from a smart device. There will usually be a little set up involved to sync the devices together. You can opt to program your smart thermostat, just like a regular thermostat, so that it’s set to come on at specific times of the day. Yet unlike a regular thermostat, you’ll be able to do this from your smart phone instead of having to set it up on the thermostat itself.

You can also use your smart thermostat to observe how much energy your household is using. Most smart thermostats will provide you with a breakdown of how much energy you’re using to heat your home, helping you find out when and where you can cut back.

What are the benefits of having a smart thermostat?

Having a smart thermostat can be very handy if you’re trying to reduce your energy usage. Although the initial cost of a smart thermostat can be quite high, there are potential savings to be made. Here are the key benefits of having a smart thermostat:

  • You can reduce the amount of wasted energy – by switching your heating off remotely when your plans change, your home won’t be heated while there’s no one in. This will help you stop wasting energy, saving you money on your heating bill.
  • You can see when your heating is being switched on and off – if your other family members are sneakily turning the heating up when you’re not in, you’ll be able to see the change and turn it back down via your smart phone.
  • You can see how much you’re saving – some smart thermostats will show you how much you’re saving by simply turning the thermostat temperature down by one or two degrees – giving you even more incentive to reduce your energy usage.
  • You can cut your carbon footprint – reducing the amount of wasted energy is also better for the environment. Some thermostats will even adjust themselves according to the weather, ensuring you’re not heating your home once the outside temperature starts to rise.

Having a smart thermostat can help you cut the cost of your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint by giving you more control over your heating. Smart thermostats come with a range of different functions, so have a look online to find one that’s right for your home.

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