Smart Thermostats Explained

Smart thermostats are a new trend that allow you to control your heating on the go from your phone, tablet or other device. They're touted as a great way to save cash, but they're not cheap – so whether one will save you money depends on how you use it and what type of home you have.
What are smart thermostats?

Smart thermostats are a new bit of kit that connects your heating system to the internet – letting you change the temperature or switch your heating off on your smartphone or other device when you're out and about, or with your computer.
How much do smart thermostats cost?

Smart thermostats typically cost anywhere between £150 and £350, depending on make and model. Most makers also offer professional installation.
Can smart thermostats help you save money?

There's no guarantee you'll save money. They're useful if you come home at different times every day, as if you're a little later one day you can delay the heating coming on remotely.

If your routine is set, you can programme most thermostats to come on at specific times. If you don't have controls – smart or traditional – they're worth it to avoid wasting heat or going back to a cold home.
What can smart thermostats do?

The cool feature of all smart thermostats is changing your heating with your phone – whether you're out and about, lounging on the couch or having a lie-in.

Other features vary by thermostat, but common ones include multi-room control, hot water control, 'geofencing' to track when you leave and enter your home, draught detection, safety and holiday modes to protect your pipes when you're not there, and feedback on your heating patterns.

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