What benefits can a smart room thermostat bring to your home?
Smart room thermostats are great for managing your heating remotely. And whether you rent or own, they also offer a whole load of other features that can make a big difference to how you heat your home.
If you live in a smaller house or apartment, you will quickly see the benefits of a smart room thermostat.
One of the functions that comes with Hive Active Heating is ‘Ready by’. This pre-heats your home to exactly the right temperature at exactly the right time (if you want it to be 19 degrees at exactly 7pm, it will start your heating at precisely the right time to achieve that).
It means you don’t need to worry about turning your heating on too early when you’re not there, or overheating small spaces. Plus, if you live alone, you can avoid that annoying feeling when you realise you’ve left the heating on by managing it all from your phone, wherever you are.
There are plenty of benefits that come with a smart room thermostat if you live in a big house too.
If you’ve got a family, you can set time slots so the heating will come on to fit with daily life, such as the end of school or bathtime. You can also manage your heating on your app, so even when people are constantly coming in and out you’re never having to heat an empty home.
Another benefit for busy families is that smart thermostats make it easy for everyone to control the heating. You can download the app onto all your family’s phones. Most smart thermostats also now link with virtual assistants like Alexa, so anyone can turn the heating up or down with their voice, even if they don’t have the app.
And if (or rather when) your kids run out the door leaving the heating on, you can turn it off again using your app.
At the other end of the scale, smart thermostats are incredibly useful if your family has flown the nest and you’ve got parts of your house you don’t use so much.
You can manage your heating in different areas by combining a smart thermostat with room sensors. Even easier, Hive Multi-zone is a simple package that gives you different thermostats in different parts of your home – all controllable on your smartphone. It’s a great way to make sure you’re not heating parts of the house you’re not using, but also making it easy to get the house nice and warm when everyone’s home and the house is full.
Another useful feature for people who don’t need to heat their entire home is geolocation. This tracks your proximity to your home and sends you a reminder to turn the heating off when you leave home, and then back on again when you’re close to home.
A smart room thermostat can be really useful in rented accommodation as well – for both the tenant and the landlord.
If you’re a tenant, it’s an easy way to save money on your energy bills. For example, Hive Active Heating could save you as much as £130 a year. And they’re great if you share with others, as most smart thermostats will give you detailed information on energy consumption and costs. So, you can avoid any nasty surprises come bill day.
If you’re a landlord, a smart wireless room thermostat means you will be instantly alerted to any problems with the heating and can then check them out in more detail through the app on your phone. And, as they are designed to work with the existing boiler and energy supplier, there’s no costly and disruptive installation to worry about.
A smart room thermostat is also a great way to heat a holiday home; saving you time as well as money. Firstly, you don’t have to rush over to your holiday home to turn on the heating before a guest arrives. Or check it’s been turned off when they leave. Instead, you can control it remotely from your phone. And if the property is usually empty out of season, functions like ‘Frost Protection’ can prevent your pipes from freezing whilst not in use.
Check out Hive Active Heating in more detail and see how the range of features could benefit your home.