With the advancements in technology, more and more appliances are turning “smart”. This means that they connect your home internet and allows you to control them by your smartphone, tablet or computer. Many may also be compatible with the Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
One of the most popular smart devices used in modern homes are smart heating controls. They will connect to your boiler and you will be to adjust the temperature with ease. Some of the most popular brands include Hive, Nest, Netatmo and Tado but there are many new companies getting in on the action. Smart controls may not be for everyone but being able to control your central heating system from the click of a button is desirable for many.
Some the systems can even be found at your local ScrewFix (https://www.screwfix.com/c/heating-plumbing/smart-heating-controls/cat6450001).
Pros and Cons
Installing smart heating appliances may not be for everyone. To help you make buying decision, below are 5 potential pros and cons that we have come up with:
Pros of Smart Heating Appliances
- Great fun for those that love tech
- More settings to play around with
- Saves energy when used properly
- Easy diagnostics when things go wrong
Cons of Smart Heating Appliances
- Initial upfront cost
- Harder to use that are not tech savvy
- May not be compatible with your existing setup
- Can take time to setup the device
- Not as worthwhile if someone is always home
What About Other Smart Home Appliances?
There is a huge variety of devices that you can install in your home. Smart thermostats is by far the most popular but are even carbon monoxide detectors that integrate with your phone, security cameras, lighting and so much more. Of course, some can be very expensive but after a few years, prices are going to start to drop as more manufacturers begin producing them on a much larger scale.
You can check out a range of smart devices via Hive’s article and there is a lot more available than just heating.
If you love your tech and already have a range of appliances such as Alexa’s and more, then installing smart heating appliances can be very beneficial. Of course, if you are still not up to date with the latest bit of tech i.e. do not own a smartphone, then we advise against having smart heating installed.