January 24, 2021

5 Benefits of a Smart Thermostat

When you have a boiler installed by iHeat, we also offer the option of a smart thermostat in place of the free iHeat thermostat.

5 Benefits of a Smart Thermostat

What’s in this article?

What are Smart Thermostats?

A smart thermostat is a device that connects your heating system to the internet, allowing you to control your heating from your mobile phone or laptop.

So long as you have internet access, you can control the temperature, turn your boiler on and off and schedule it to come on when you like, from wherever you are. They are also capable of learning your routine and controlling your heating around it.

It's worth noting that all our best combi boilers are compatible with smart thermostats.

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What are the Benefits of a Smart Thermostat?

1. Adjust Your Heating from Anywhere

The most convenient feature of a smart thermostat is the ability to control your heating from just about anywhere. There’s nothing worse than coming home to a cold house in winter, so being able to turn your heating on whenever you’re setting off home can feel like a lifesaver.

2. Save Energy

The idea behind a smart thermostat is not just convenience. By giving you full control of your heating from wherever you are, you can make your heating schedule more accurate and therefore avoid wasting energy on heating when you’re not at home.

Many smart thermostats have energy-saving settings that can also help you to cut down on your carbon footprint.

Most smart thermostats also offer ‘zoned heating’ which allows you to independently heat different parts of your home which can also reduce wasted energy.

Smart thermostat zones heating

3. Save Money

It’s no surprise that low energy consumption = low fuel bills. By saving energy, you’re not only helping the environment but you’re also helping to cut your costs each month.

4. Away From Home

Being able to control your heating away from home can be great if you’re going on holiday and want to make sure your boiler isn’t unnecessarily turning on or if you want to make sure your pipes don’t freeze over.

This can also be useful if you have a second house or a holiday home so you can make sure your system is running smoothly even when you aren’t there.

5. Human Error is a Thing of the Past

As your smart thermostat will eventually learn your routine, you no longer need to worry about accidentally leaving your heating on throughout the day.

It does this by using sensors to detect when there is movement in the house, so even if your routine changes, you can be sure your smart thermostat will keep on working.

Compare Smart Thermostats

When you have a boiler installed by iHeat, we also offer the option of a smart thermostat in place of the free iHeat thermostat.

This will come at an extra cost to the original installation price, however, your engineer can install it on the same day as your boiler.

Hive

Hive Smart Thermostat Cost: £150

Features:

  • Manage your heating and hot water from your smartphone
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT
  • ‘Multizone’ zoned heating of up to 3 zones
  • Set daily heating and hot water schedules
  • Frost protection
  • Geolocation- be reminded to switch off the heating when you’ve gone out with it left on
  • Holiday Mode- Keep the temperature at home just right when you’re away
  • Ready By- pre-heat your home to the right temperature at the right time
  • Compatible with most combi boilers
  • 1 year warranty

Google Nest Thermostat E

Nest Smart Thermostat Cost: £200

Features:

  • Manage your heating and hot water from your smartphone
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT
  • White polycarbonate, ceramic-feel finish
  • Built in stand
  • Frosted Display
  • Geolocation- Turns down the heating whilst you’re out
  • Battery powered with built-in temperature sensor
  • Compatible with most combi boilers
  • 2 year warranty

Worcester-Bosch Wave

Worchester-Bosch Wave Smart Thermostat
Cost: £230

Features:

  • Manage your heating and hot water from your smartphone
  • Holiday Programme- keep the temperature at home just right when you’re away
  • Compatible with Worcester-Bosch boilers
  • 2 year guarantee but will have the same guarantee as boiler when installed at the same time.

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