Friday, 21 October 2016

How smart are Smart Heating Controls?

In today's digital age, we're forever being told how much money we could save by installing smart heating controls - devices designed to help consumers save money by helping them to heat their homes more efficiently. With the ability to switch your heating on or off remotely via the Internet so that you only heat your home when it's really needed and making it easy to measure how much heat you're actually using, smart controls should make keeping your heating bills down easier than ever before, but how much money can they really save you, and how can you decide if one is really right for you?

Why are they Smart?

While all are controlled remotely via the Internet, Smart Heating Controls come with a variety of functions, for example, the ability to switch your heating on when you're on your way home to prevent money from being wasted while you're out. Some are able to learn your daily routine in order to switch your heating on and off automatically and have the ability to control individual rooms in your home, so that you only heat the rooms you actually use. By adjusting to the temperature outside, they can even help to ensure that your home doesn't overheat on a hot day.

How much money could I save?

Estimates for savings from Smart Heating Controls can vary widely between manufacturers and suppliers, with some claiming they can reduce heating bills by 20%, some quoting up to £150 a year and some even suggesting that they can half your annual heating bill. In reality though, the amount homeowners can save is more likely to depend on their commitment to learning about the system and teaching it their daily routine.

How do I know if they're right for me?

When considering whether to purchase Smart Heating Controls, it's important to weigh up the price of the system against the potential savings to be made. When making your decision, consider your motivations for installing digital heating technologies, for example, do you want to consider how much heating you're using and how much it's costing you? Another thing to ask yourself is whether you're comfortable using computers and smartphone apps. If you're a frequent user of such devices, you may have a lot to gain from programming your thermostat to fit around your busy lifestyle. Finally, it's important to be honest with yourself with regards to your memory! Would you struggle to remember to switch your heating on and off remotely? If so, Smart Controls may not be a worthwhile investment, especially if you're not planning on staying in your property for a long time.

Search via your local plumber's association

If you still feel that you're the type of person who could benefit from installing Smart Heating Controls in your home, remember always to choose a quality heating engineer for the job. Search for one in your local area via the APHC website at

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