Smart technology ensures that you can control your home’s heating system with the touch of a button (or swipe of a smartphone). There’s a flood of smart heating systems available in the Philippines, from Hive to Honeywell. This cool Internet of Things technology can heat up your home remotely, saving you money and boosting efficiency.
Will smart heating work in my home?
The good news for homeowners is that if your property’s already equipped with central heating and a boiler, it will be compatible with most smart systems. These will be able to receive data from the boiler’s existing thermocouple sensors and adjust the temperature as needed. However if your home uses storage heaters, smart thermostats won’t work because these rely on heat that’s stored in advance for the next day.
Types of Smart Home Heating Systems
Once you’ve determined that your current heating system is compatible with smart thermostats, the next step is to compare your options. Here are four of the big names and their prominent features.
1. The Honeywell EvoHome system is best known for its ability to provide zonal temperature control. You can warm up the living room or study during the daytime while turning bedroom heating off until evening, for example. To accomplish this, EvoHome installation involves replacing your regular radiator valves with thermostatic radiator valves. You can then control these individually via your touchscreen controller, computer, or smart device.
2. A similar option is Hive’s Active Heating system. They’ve recently added a multi-zone feature much like the EvoHome system, and the corresponding app is intuitive so that you can take control of your energy expenditure effectively. The system works alongside the Active Light product range, which includes smart lighting, switches, and plugs.
3. Famously acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in 2014, the Nest Learning Thermostat can be positioned on a portable stand in the home or mounted on the wall. It controls both your radiators and water heating, by retrieving temperature data from your boiler’s thermocouples via wireless
sensors. A handy feature is the Nest’s Away mode allowing you to save energy if the device detects that your house is unoccupied.
4. The Tado heating system is suitable for both households and offices. One of its standout features is the ability to track your movements throughout the day via GPS. With this information, it can then
turn the heating on or adjust its levels as you start to make your way home. This way, the heating can be turned on gradually and more efficiently to save a significant amount of time and money on heating bills.
Finding the Right Fit
There’s clearly no shortage of smart IoT options when it comes to controlling your home’s temperature. To narrow down these options, you should think about the size of your home and your heating needs. For example in larger homes, look for models like EvoHome that allow you to create different smart heating zones by replacing your radiator valves with smart valves. On the other hand, if you have a small studio apartment you may just need to give your boiler’s sensors an upgrade for accurate temperature readings and controls. In this case, RS Components offers a range of thermocouples for better accuracy. In addition to size, think about how often you’re at home, and whether you’d benefit from systems that provide monthly energy use reports.
Properly working heating technology from radiator valves to thermocouples will increase your existing system’s efficiency. Today’s smart systems are designed to work with your boiler to make your life more convenient, whether you’re at home or away.