These days, it’s all about turning your house into a smart home and like they say, there’s an app for that. In fact, there seems to be an app for everything – even your boilers and central heating. There are many solutions out there that give you complete control over your heating just by using your smartphone, and we predict that even more companies will be trying to get a slice of this particular pie as time goes on.
The aim of using smart technology for central heating is to help save you money in the long run, since you can manage your home heating even if you’re not in the house. If you forget to turn the boiler off, for example, and are worried that you’ll run up a huge bill, simply use an app to turn it off – from work, the pub, wherever you actually are.
Have you heard of the Evohome heating system from Honeywell, as an example? This connects to your boiler and radiators, allowing you to control individual radiators and the amount of heat being released in each room of your house. You can either control it using a central console or by using the accompanying smartphone app.
Alternatively, you can use the Tado 2.0 system that’s so clever it can track the location of your smartphone so it can tell when you’ve gone out and when you’re coming back. It then pulls in lots of other information like what the weather’s doing and what temperature you’d like the house to be when you get back to make sure it’s exactly how you want it when you step through the front door. Amazing!
And back in November last year, Nest Labs – which recently devised what’s been dubbed the learning thermostat because it can learn how you use it and establish an appropriate heating schedule – revealed that it’s bringing out a new version that can actually understand your boiler. According to Wired, the device can control the hot water tank and adjust the schedule by which water is heated, so making appropriate changes if you want a bath in winter and also saving you cash when you’re not in the house.
Product marketing executive for Works with Nest Lionel Guicherd-Callin told the news source: “It programmes itself, it saves on energy and it’s extremely simple to use.” He went on to note that even though up to 40 per cent of homeowners in the UK do not have a thermostat, “when we show the ability to have everything combined into one, customers were very quickly understanding and adjusting”.
So there you have it. If you want to make the most of your boiler and central heating system, perhaps trial one of these apps and see how you get on. And if you’re in need of Bradford boiler repair services, get in touch with us here at Home Services Assistance today.