Smart heating for small spaces

Young family sitting on a grey sofa eating food from bowls and watching TV with a Hive Thermostat on the wall in the background

Heating a single room or a small area can be tricky. You don’t want to have to turn on your central heating and heat your entire house. Or run around manually turning down all the other radiators. The good news is you don’t need to. Here’s a look at three easy and cost-effective ways to manage heating in small spaces: multi-zone heating, smart radiator valves and plug in digital thermostats.

Multi-zone heating

If you want to heat different areas of your home at different times, then zoned heating is a great option. For instance, during the day you might want the heating on in the kitchen and hall but off everywhere else. There are a couple of ways to get multi-zoned heating but one of the simplest is to install something like Hive Multizone to work alongside your smart thermostat. This lets you create up to three different temperature zones in your home. It’s all controlled through the Hive app on your phone so it’s really easy to tailor the heat in different areas of your home to suit your lifestyle.

Smart Radiator Valves

Alternatively, if you need more specific control over how you heat your home and want to be able to manage individual radiators, then smart radiator valves (SRVs) could be the answer. They’re really useful if you want to heat a single room, like a nursery for your baby’s nap time, but don’t want to turn all your central heating on.

SRVs screw on to each radiator, replacing conventional thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs). They’re quick and easy to install yourself and then sync with your phone via a smart home app like our HIve app. This makes it really simple to manage the temperature of every heater in your home as it’s all controlled through one central app on your phone. You’ll find this not only saves you time but it’s also a really easy way to save money as it’s a doddle to turn the heating off when you don’t need it.

Plug in thermostats

If you want to be able to control the temperature in rooms that don’t have central heating there are ways round that too – namely by using a plug in thermostat. This is great for areas of your home where you use electric radiators but still want control over how it warms the room. For instance, a thermostat plug for the heater is a simple solution if you have important things in your garage that you don’t want to get damaged by frost during the winter. Like the other options we’ve mentioned, plug in thermostats for electric heaters are also really easy to set up. Just plug one into your socket, plug your appliance into the thermostat, set the required temperature and that’s it!

Once you’re up and running, they are a great way to keep the temperature constant. A thermostat timer plug is also really handy if you want to be sure the heater comes on at the same time every day. Say you use an electric heater to warm a shed that doubles as an office, it will start warming it up before you begin the commute down the garden.

From basements to baby’s room, some simple solutions to heat small areas of your home. If you’re keen to learn more about smart heating in general, check out Hive’s full range of smart thermostats over on the Hive website.

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