what are central heating smart controls?
Smart controls are becoming more and more at the forefront of energy efficiency in homes. However, not many people are actually sure on what they are, how they work and what they actually do.
What are smart controls?
Smart controls also known as, central heating smart controls and smart heating controls, are systems that are installed alongside boilers to give you exceptional control over your heating. There are many manufacturers of these types of controls including Nest.
What do central heating smart controls do?
Central heating smart controls enable you to take full control over your heating and hot water. This includes;
Heating and hot water schedules
The majority of smart controls will allow you to set schedules to suit your work day, holiday time or even just when you’re out shopping. This means that you are not unnecessarily heating your home thus wasting energy and money.
OpenTherm Technology is the name for the type of communication between smart central heating controls and heating systems. This communication allows heating systems and controls to work together more efficiently.
Older boilers that do not support OpenTherm have basic on/off controls, therefore when they are on, the water used to heat your home will stay at the same pre-set temperature. This is usually very inefficient.
New boilers with OpenTherm support allow smart controls to tell them if and when they need to adjust the heating temperature of the water and how high it should be set.
Here at EnergyCare Group, we use the latest Nest controls which feature auto-schedule. Once it has been installed it will default to 20ºC, any changes you make in the first-day will be added to your schedule. For example, if on the first day you turned the heating up when you arrived home from work but then back down just before bed, the nest will know this for the future.
As a learning smart heating control, the Nest knows that your schedule is different from weekdays to weekends and can, therefore, differentiate these in your schedule.
When combined with mobile apps you are able to control your smart control when you’re on the go, from your phone. You can change the current temperature, change the schedule, and turn on hot water and more, all within the simple and easy to use app.
By combining all the incredible features, smart central heating controls enable you to improve the energy efficiency of your home and save money!
Here at EnergyCare Group, we are currently offering an upgrade to the new Nest learning smart control with every boiler install, supplied and fitted for £299! Find out more here.