This post is by Michael Fertik, Executive Chairman & Founder of Reputation.com
When we think about the Internet of Things, it’s easy to default to the sexy stuff.
The house that welcomes you when you come home. The thermostat that adjusts the temperature to your preference. The refrigerator that tells you what staples you need to get. The technology that lets you check in on your home when you’re away. Asking Amazon’s Alexa to play your favorite songs as you get dinner ready.
But most people haven’t started integrating this technology, despite the hype. Early adopters are in but as with most things, the progression to becoming mainstream technology is slow. Despite that, there are pockets where you can see some really interesting applications for the Internet of Things – but they’re not in fancy homes in Silicon Valley.
They’re in the garbage. Literally.
Companies like SmartBin and Enevo are using smart sensors to innovate garbage collection – streamlining pickups by identifying when bins are full enough, optimizing routes for drivers, and saving tons of money, gallons of gas and person hours in the process. Another company, Echelon, provides a smart commercial lighting option, which cities and municipalities can use to improve driver safety and lower energy consumption. Everybody wins.
Similarly, we’re starting to see other IoT applications in residential and commercial buildings to create value-added services. It’s not a stretch to imagine that fairly soon, multifamily residential real estate companies will use distributed digital locks so that you can just give a code to let visitors get in your house. In fact, companies like Latch are creating digital smart locks with the ability to provide temporary pass codes. No more waiting for repair people when you should be at work – or leaving early to make sure you let in that out-of-town guest. Likewise, it becomes simple to eliminate access to your home (e.g. the recent ex).
As these services continue to proliferate, companies will see an influx of new residents, attracted by the reputation of a living space that makes living, well, easier. That becomes a very nice cycle for a business: the more services that add value, the stronger the reputation, and the greater the value. And that, of course, is the real benefit and brilliance of the Internet of Things: its ability to provide tangible gains to everyday things we take for granted through value-added services.
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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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