16 Jun 2016

We have all seen different types of heating controls you can use in the home to make it energy efficient but sometimes they can seem quite complicated, below we will explain the function of the thermostat and how it has changed from the conventional wall mounted room thermostats. These thermostats we include with all of our installs.

Wireless Room Thermostats

Room Thermostats became common as more boilers were installed and this allowed you to set the temperature in the home at a level that suited you. Now as boilers have moved on we can now offer Wireless Room Thermostats as part of our installs, Wireless Room Thermostats allow you place the thermostat anywhere in the home and have the ability to control the temperature of the boiler. The thermostat also has a built in sensor that detects the temperature of the room so that if the temperature of the room drops below the comfortable temperature you have set on the thermostat it will turn the boiler on to bring it back up to that temperature. This increases energy efficiency as the boiler will only be turned on when it drops below the required temperature, the controls are also simple to understand and use.

The Wireless Room Thermostats also come with a programmable function so you can set the times of day the heating will turn on and set to a certain temperature for that time period. For example you may set it so the boiler turns on in the morning for an hour before you wake up then as you leave for work the boiler can be set to a low temperature all day so the boiler stays off and then could be set to come on before you are due home, this means then when no one is at home the boiler doesn’t have to be on and will save you money in the long run.

There are now more advanced systems on the market that allow you to control your heating system from your smartphone, allowing you more freedom with the temperature you can set in the home and adjustments of the times. The most advertised of these systems at the moment is Hive.

Hive is a completely wireless system for the home that can control a variety of different systems in the house. It can help you control your heating systems as many other wireless systems can but if you purchase other products they offer you can control from the Hive app:

  • Lights – Between turning them on and off to being able to purchase lights that you can change the colour of  from a colour palette on the Hive app
  • Plug Sockets – With plug sockets you buy an adaptor that plugs into the main socket and by the press of a button on the app you can turn off and on whatever is plugged into. You can also set it to respond to a sensor signal as well to turn off and on.
  • Sensors – Ever wanted to be able to leave the house safe in the knowledge everything you plugged in is turned off?, with the Hive door sensors you can set it so when you open the door to leave the house all of the Hive plug sockets will turn off leaving you with peace mind once you are out the door.



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