Automate your home’s electric heating and save money this Winter

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In this article, we explore how automating your electric heating using smart controls can save you money and make your life easier.

What do we mean by ‘automating your heating’?

When we talk about the automation of your home’s heating, we are referring to the use of a wireless ‘smart’ controller (the kind that would be affixed to your wall in the hallway) or a mobile app that lets you control your heating remotely. 

These clever little devices allow you to set the temperature of your home with incredible ease. You no longer need to use the traditional thermostat on each radiator or storage heater. Typically, these have basic temperature settings and a manual timer. They can be a bit ‘fiddly’ to use.

‘Smart controls’ like these are generally easy to install and set up but you need a compatible electric radiator that connects to the controller. New electric radiators will be required to work this way in the future so smart controls will soon be the default for every electric radiator and storage heater. 

Smart controllers work easily with the WiFi in your home using your existing computer, tablet, or mobile. You can then control your electric radiators from anywhere in (or outside) your home. 

How automation can save you money and make your life easier

You can heat only the rooms you need to

With traditional heating systems like those that gas or oil, you have limited control over how hot each room gets. You must manually adjust each radiator’s controls. This takes a bit of experimentation to get this right and its not the most accurate process. The process can be complicated by the condition and age of each radiator.

With a digital controller, you can control the temperature of each radiator and warm each room to your liking – right down to the exact temperature. And if a room isn’t occupied, you can set the temperature to the minimum level. 

All it takes is the push of a button or a tap of the finger and you can avoid spending money on heating rooms more than you need to. Things are great when you automate!

Of course, you can also set your entire home to a single comfortable temperature for consistent heat in every room.

You can ‘pre-warm’ your home for coming home

After a long journey (or a long day!), you want to come home to a warm house. With a home heating app, you can set your heating to come on at a specific time and temperature. 

If you are on your way home after a holiday during the Winter, for example, you can get your home warmed up while still on the move. Some systems even have ‘geo-fencing’ technology that tracks your location and overrides your scheduled heating timer to switch your heating on in time for your return.

No more arriving home to a cold house and wearing coats while it heats up!

Your smart controls get smarter

SMART stands for “Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology”.

Modern smart controllers and devices can learn what temperatures work best for you and your home. It sounds like science fiction but it’s true.

They learn by tracking the inputs you make using the device to adjust temperatures and timings. Like how warm or cool you like certain rooms to be. And what time you leave home and what time you return. 

Some can even respond to the weather conditions and adjust the radiator or heater temperatures automatically.

This is tried and tested technology that you can trust to save you money.

You benefit from instant temperature changes

A major benefit of electric heating is there’s very little waiting around for your radiators to warm up. And with home heating automation, you can set radiators to warm up in advance or use an app to get more or less instantaneous heat in the room.

You can see how much you’re spending

Some smart controllers allow you to see how much energy you use on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to heat your electric radiators. They can also sometimes work out the cost based on what you are charged for electricity on your current tariff.

You can get alerts when things get too cold or hot

A lot of smart controllers can send alerts to your computer or mobile when temperatures reach a certain level (either too cold or too hot).

Some smart controllers allow you to see how much energy you use on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to heat your electric radiators. They can also sometimes work out the cost based on what you are charged for electricity on your current tariff.

Conclusion

We hope this article has helped you to understand what automating your electric home heating means and how it could benefit you. If you have any questions or would like a free electric heating design estimate, please get in touch with our friendly team of electric heating experts.

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