Smart thermostats explained
Smart Thermostats are a new trend that allows control over your heating wirelessly via your smartphone, tablet or computer. They’re a great way to save money on your gas bills – but it all depends on how you use them.
Here at Boiler Plan, we stock two different types of smart thermostats – the Honeywell Lyric T6R which comes as standard with every boiler install, and the Nest Learning Thermostat for the more advanced user.
Honeywell Lyric T6R Smart Thermostat
If you want an extremely easy to use smart thermostat that is a welcome fit to any home, then we’d like to introduce you to the Honeywell Lyric T6R. Conventional thermostats often need to be fixed to a wall, but the T6R is a wireless thermostat that can be placed in a convenient location for better visibility and usability – you just need to make sure it’s connected to power!
The Smart thermostat comes with a free app that is essential if you want to control your heating via your smartphone, or tablet. With the app, you can schedule heating for grouped dates (Mon – Fri), or you can opt for a day-by-day setup – in case you have a different routine every day.
All schedules can be overwritten so if you’re feeling a little chilly and want to bump the heat up, you can do it with a simple tap of the screen.
The great thing about the Honeywell is its compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit – so you can control your heating using only your voice. Another strong feature is its geofencing capabilities, this means your phone will send a notification to your boiler to turn on when you get a certain distance from your house – so you’ll never have to walk into a cold home ever again!
If you’ve never used or owned a smart thermostat before, the Honeywell Lyric T6R is the perfect device to start you off on your journey to smarter living.
Nest Learning Thermostat
For those that integrate digital technology in your daily life then the Nest learning smart thermostat will be a perfect addition to your home. We offer the Nest thermostat as an optional upgrade during install, and we recommend this product to the more advanced users.
One of the best features the Nest has is its unique AI learning ability. This means the more you use it, the more it learns about you and your heating habits, and as time goes by you’ll have to interact with it less and less – as it will automatically and efficiently heat your home.
Nest understands that life can sometimes get in the way and you’ll be forced to change your daily routine. Be safe in the knowledge that when situations like this arise (as long as you have a smartphone, tablet, or computer handy) you’ll be able to fully control your heating when you’re out and about, thanks to the Nest app.
If you already have smart home capabilities, the Nest will work in tandem with other smart home kits such as Amazon Alexa, or Google Home – which means you’ll be able to control your heating with just your voice.
Smart thermostats are a rapidly growing market, with new models introduced every year to help save money, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and to stop us from wasting so much energy.
If you still don’t have a smart thermostat, why not?