We are only in the early stages of the 21st century, and so at a time of massive changes. Significantly, our living spaces are about to become a whole lot smarter. Today, we are going to explore three smart technologies that will soon become commonplace within the home. This is the smart revolution exerting its effects on our heating systems.
1. Smart Thermostats:
We’ve had highly technical thermostats for a while now. These allow us a decent amount of control over our heating system, but they are not as refined as the smart thermostats that are appearing on the market at present.
Smart thermostats will offer a huge range of features that will run automatically. For example, some thermostats now have intelligent sensors. They use these in order to gage where there are people in the house, or not. If there are, they turn on the central heating and reach the desired level of heating comfort.
Smart thermostats also have associated apps, which you can then use as remote controls to operate the system. Because they’re linked to the internet, you can remotely access your thermostat from anywhere that you have an internet connection. You could be in Timbuctoo controlling a boiler in Chelmsford.
2. Smart Metres:
Again, smart metres have been around a while, but they are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Nowadays, they can tell you which appliances are drawing the most energy. They can even switch off those appliances that they know you aren’t using.
Smart metres give you much greater control over the amount of energy you're using in your home.
3. Smart valves:
Smart valves can be attached to radiators, such as Hudson Reed radiators. Here, you can gain super control over the radiators in your household. You can create different heating zones via the use of smart valves. They too may feature sensors, so they know when you're in a room.
For example, imagine you have a guest room. It’s inefficient to keep the room at the same temperature needed for someone to sleep if there is no one in the room. Instead, you just need to make sure that the room doesn’t get so cold to freeze the pipes. You can set it to be 5oC when there is no one in there, but when it senses that someone has been in there for, say, 15 minutes (you set the time), it will switch to a higher desired temperature, which in a bedroom, should be around 18oC.
The smart revolution is here, and it’s about to make our lives a lot cosier!