04th December, 2023
Last updated: 19th May, 2023Guides
A thermostat when used effectively can be a vital part of central heating control for your home, as well as a tool to help minimise expenses.
In this blog we’ll be taking a look at the topic of thermostats, including what they are, how they work and how to use them.
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A thermostat is a regulatory device that can sense the temperature in a specific location, i.e your home, and then can action responses to adjust or maintain conditions.
The most basic type of thermostat, the mechanical thermostat, contains a bimetallic strip that expands and contracts in accordance to temperature changes.
If the temperature drops below the desired level, the bimetallic strip contracts to switch the heating system on, doing the opposite and expanding to turn it off when the property is too hot.
Modern thermostats detect changes in temperature via electronic sensors and can be programmed to turn on and off at specific times.
A thermostat should be installed in a part of the property with good airflow as to best provide real and accurate temperature measurements.
Your thermostat shouldn’t be placed near sources of heat i.e a radiator, or sources of cold, as this could affect the accuracy of the readings your thermostat takes. Hallways are generally considered a good, neutral location for a thermostat.
You should set the thermostat to the lowest temperature you are comfortable with (season depending).
For a mechanical or analogue thermostat, simply twist the dial until you find your ideal temperature, heating is gradual and perhaps not as accurate as a smart thermostat.
A smart thermostat is a device that connects your boiler and heating system to the internet, allowing you to control your heating remotely from your mobile phone or laptop.
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.
Benefits of upgrading to a smart thermostat
Remove human error
Smart thermostats offer remote access via mobile apps, which allows you to adjust the temperature settings of your home from anywhere, at any time.
This means that you can turn on the air conditioning or heat before you arrive home so that your home is at your desired temperature when you arrive. It can also be handy if you forget to turn off your heating or cooling system when you leave home.
This feature offers convenience, especially for those with busy schedules or those who travel often, and can help save energy by ensuring that your home is not being unnecessarily heated or cooled when you're not there.
One of the most significant benefits of smart thermostats is their potential for energy and cost savings.
Smart thermostats can learn your heating and cooling habits, and based on this, create a customised schedule that saves energy while keeping your home comfortable. They can also detect when you're not at home and automatically adjust the temperature to save energy. Smart thermostats can help reduce energy consumption by up to 10-15%, leading to significant cost savings on energy bills over time.
Smart thermostats help reduce human error by automating temperature control. Unlike traditional thermostats that require manual adjustments, smart thermostats can adjust the temperature based on your preferences and lifestyle.
You no longer need to worry about forgetting to adjust the thermostat when leaving for work or going to bed, as the smart thermostat will take care of it for you.
By reducing human error, smart thermostats can help improve energy efficiency, leading to cost savings on energy bills and a more comfortable home environment.
When you have a boiler installed by iHeat, provide the option of a free wireless iHeat thermostat or a smart thermostat at a slight extra cost.
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