Anyone who’s been following technology – or even just general – news will have heard a lot about Internet of Things (IoT) or “smart” devices recently. And some might be asking just how much of a real impact will these products have on my everyday life?
The answer, as it turns out, is more than you might think. Individually, smart devices may appear to offer only minor conveniences (with the exception of connected medical devices). But when combined, these items can radically transform the way we live.
For instance, let’s say that the first thing you do upon waking up each day is make a bee-line to the kitchen to brew a pot of coffee. Sure it only takes a few minutes, but what if your coffee maker could begin the brewing process itself as soon as its sensors tell it that you’ve woken up (or maybe when you switch off the alarm clock). You could walk into the kitchen to be greeted by a steaming pot of coffee and have more time to get ready or check the news, before jumping in the car and heading to work.
In the car, you might pop on some music or listen to some drive time radio. However, your mind always wanders to what tasks and issues may await you when you arrive at the office. If your car had reliable 4G LTE connectivity, it could enable you to open your email via voice command and then read the email content to you. If anything urgent pops up, you could use voice commands to craft a reply email or place a call to the appropriate contact to begin resolving the situation immediately.
Once in your office, a wide array of connected devices can make your life easier. A connected printer can not only warn you when you are low on ink but can automatically order replacement cartridges. Connected lighting and HVAC systems can help you conserve energy, and smart security systems eliminate the potential for human error.
When work is over, you have a few hours to yourself to unwind. Perhaps you will play a few holes of golf, tracking your swing statistics using your connected clubs and an application. Or, maybe you will spend a little time out in your garden using smart gardening devices to automatically manage your sprinkler system.
These are just a few of the many products that can help you make small improvements that, combined, will improve your overall quality of life. The IoT has huge implications for businesses in nearly every sector, but it can also make our own day-to-day lives more convenient. Additionally, the advent of LTE chipsets that consume less power at lower cost is driving the smart device market forward at lightning speed. We are only just beginning to see the potential for what innovation manufacturers can dream up.
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Which Smart Home Heating Should You Choose?
Not all smart heating control systems are suited for every lifestyle and home, with some more and less beneficial than others. SMART stands for ‘Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology’, and differs from standard heating controls by allowing you to control every aspect of your heating schedule from either a phone or tablet. Although room thermostats and timers allow you to control each room instead of your whole home, as long as you have internet access, smart home heating devices let you control your heating from your phone, no matter where you are in the world.
Today, we’re running through 7 of the best smart heating thermostats and systems, comparing features, benefits and what type of home they’re most suitable for.
– 7 day, & 5/2 day scheduling with a pre-configured schedule included
– Choice of up to 4 time periods a day
– Minimum On-Time & Cycle Rate settings ensuring compatibility with many boilers
– Table stand for ease of positioning
– Alert messages to assist fault-finding with a fail-safe mode
– Wireless technology makes upgrading easier and the installation time shorter with less wiring involved
– Homes that require high levels of automatic control that provide significant energy efficiency for a wide range of boilers and systems.
– Single Heating Zone Control
– 7 Day, 5/2 Day, or 24 Hour Control
– Programmable Room Thermostat
– Easily Programmed With The Associated App
– Homes that are just starting to take the first steps into using smart home heating
– Homes that need a single heating zone control
– Homes that have either combination or standard boiler systems
– Touch-screen interface simplifies scheduling, changing and overriding temperature
– Location-based programming (geo-fencing) adds an automated layer of control, adjusting the customer’s home heating based on their location
– Scheduling features include 7 and 5/2 day bespoke scheduling with up to 6 time periods a day
– Simple flip-up wiring bar for easy access and an easy-to-install boiler or zone valve interface
– Direct wall mounting or wall-box mounting
– Optimisation features include optimum start and stop & delayed start boiler control. Allows the thermostat and boiler to work more efficiently together
– Homes with any boiler and almost every heating system
– Homes with 230V on/off OpenTherm appliances (gas boilers, combi boilers and heat pumps)
– Ability to control water temperature and heating
– Self-learning functions to make every experience a unique one, helping it to understand your home’s needs
– Using a smart weather compensation feature and weather data, the vSMART can tell your boiler how hard it has to work to get your home to your required temperature
– You can connect multiple vSMART controllers to one app
– Homes with Valliant ecoTEC system/open vented boilers
– Households that want to be able to control water temperature from anywhere too
– A 7-day full programmer that gives great flexibility offering up to three on/off switchings per day
– LoT display, providing text feedback that gives help and programming hints
– Automatic Summer/Winter 1 hour time change
– Choice of 3 different built-in programmes
– ‘Holiday’ button
– Homes with heating and stored hot water in complete systems
– Homes with older gravity circulation stored hot water systems, where there’s no interlocking control valve
– Households with different heating needs from day-to-day
– One channel thermostat system with two radiator thermostats to start zoning your system
– Smart heating & hot water control
– Quick & simple to install using an industry-standard backplate
– Easy Zoning with the addition of extra Wiser Radiator Thermostats
– Homes with combination boilers
– Households that want to start a zoned system to control individual zones within the home
– Automatic time and temperature control of domestic heating premises
– Optimum Start, Optimum Stop and Delayed Start
– No installer links or switches on the back of the unit means no adjustment is required for combi boilers and most central heating systems
– Scheduled maintenance alert
– Automatic Summer/Winter time change
– Up to four independent time & temperature settings
– Auto, manual, holiday, override and off (frost) modes
– Domestic premises
– Most central heating systems and combi boilers
For more smart home heating controls, check out our full range today at MonsterPlumb. If you’re not interested in smart technology when it comes to controlling the heating and water temperature in your home, take a look at our selection of heating controls and valves.
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