It has been estimated that almost sixty percent of the average family’s energy bill is spent on central heating, so in this day and age if you want to save a bundle on your energy bill’s it’s time to buy a smart thermostat.
A smart thermostat is capable of getting maximum efficiency out of your heating system by learning and adapting itself to your preferences and needs, an essential piece of kit for the smart home owner who wants to be in complete control.
On average a smart thermostat is capable of saving an ordinary household between twenty and thirty percent on their heating bill each year, which means that it will probably have paid for itself within that first year after purchase. (Source: the Guardian Newspaper)
Nest Learning Thermostat
number 1 best seller in thermostats
The manufacturers of the Nest Learning Thermostat claim that three out of four purchasers install the device themselves in less than thirty minutes, so if you are handy with a screwdriver the Nest could be one of the better options for a DIY install.
The Nest however is not compatible with all heating systems, so it would be a good idea to check on Nest’s Compatability Checker, to see if your current system is supported.
Please note that if you live in the UK, it would be best not to attempt a DIY install, set up is much more complicated due to differences between British and American electrical systems, so a professional install is advised.
The Nest Learning Thermostat was invented by former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers and is basically a mini computer that is capable of adapting to your heating needs over a short period of time, so after about a week this smart thermostat will have learnt how you use your heating and will adjust things automatically for you, so you will probably never have to touch it again.
Tado Smart Thermostat
heating and hot water control
The Smart Thermostat from Tado links your heating system to the Internet and can be controlled through your smart device or the built in LED touch display, intelligently monitor your central heating and hot water usage at home or remotely for maximum money saving efficiency.
The manufacturers claim that the Tado works with 95% of all heating systems including combi systems, heat only boilers, conventional and condensing boilers, as well as hydronic underfloor systems and heat pumps.
Installation is simply a matter of replacing your old thermostat with the Tado Smart Thermostat, you can read the installation guide here.
Hive – Active Heating and Hot Water
includes professional installation by British Gas engineer
If you are not confident about replacing your thermostat yourself, the smart thermostat from Hive could be the perfect solution, the ridiculously low price for such an advanced system also includes the services of a British Gas approved installer, who will do all of the hard work for you.
The thermostat is only compatible with UK systems but you don’t need to be with British Gas to benefit from the installation offer.
Start saving money straight away with the Hive Active Heating and Hot Water system, hassle free.