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Best Smart Boilers
A smart boiler allows you to control your central heating and hot water settings from anywhere, using an app. This gives you much more power when it comes to heating your home than a boiler that does not have a smart feature.
With this revelation, you probably cannot wait to get started. However, it is important to bear in mind that smart thermostats are not compatible with every boiler model. This guide will inform you of the most popular smart thermostats on the market while giving you an idea of what smart technology can do for your home.
Nest Learning Thermostat
At around £200, the Nest Learning Thermostat automatically learns your heating routine after just one week. The Nest also gives you the opportunity to control your hot water supply. The app comes with a hot water schedule, allowing you to boost the heat, so you can have extra hot water if necessary. When you are away from home you do not have to worry about remembering to turn the hot water off, as the Nest Learning Thermostat will do it for you.
Hive Active Heating
The award winning Hive Thermostat allows you to control your home’s heating hands-free. This thermostat works in partnership with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, meaning you can set the temperature, using your voice. With the Hive Thermostat, you can save up to £110 a year on your energy bills. The Hive Heating plus service shows how much you are likely to spend on your heating, based on your past energy usage. It also has a money saving feature, where you can decide how much you want to spend, helping you to then set up a monthly budget.
tado° V3+ smart thermostat
The tado° V3+ smart thermostat works with the tado° app to give you full control over your heating. You can give your home a heating boost by warming up all the rooms for 30 minutes, with just one click of the app. Equally, heating can be applied to individual rooms. It can also detect open windows, while then automatically turning the heating down for you. This smart thermostat is compatible with almost every heating system including gas, oil and condensing boilers.
The Worcester Wave allows you to control your central heating and hot water through the internet. Usually operated with a smart device, the wave only requires a 2-core wire connection between the control and the boiler, meaning it does not need an external wired sensor, unlike standard weather compensation controls. This smart thermostat is compatible with apple or android watches and achieves an A+ ErP package efficiency rating for heating when combined with a Greenstar combi boiler.
The Baxi uSense can control your home’s heating to fit your lifestyle, as well as being compatible with all combi boilers. This smartphone controlled thermostat enables you to schedule your central heating to come on as you need it.
How much does a smart boiler cost?
When looking to upgrade to a smart boiler, you will obviously need to consider the cost of buying a new smart thermostat. It is unlikely you will find a good smart thermostat for under £100, with the more expensive products being over £300. It is also important to consider that smart thermostats can come with an extra monthly subscription service package, while having the unit installed professionally will also cost extra.
Homeowners are still able to get a FREE boiler grant or insulation grant via the ECO scheme, which is still available to households that qualify. Warma UK are currently working throughout the UK helping privately owned and rented homes to improve home energy efficiency and save money on rising energy bills.
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