Smart thermostats explained
Let’s begin with what the hell is a smart thermostat. Many of you may be tech savvy and have a good understanding of the Internet, some of you might have a Google home or an Alexa device that you use regularly for information from the web. Asking Google to sing happy birthday is a good one or what that’s the latest news. These are all simple interactions that can make life that little bit easier for you. Big tech companies can see the future where automation will help and assist us in our day to day life, Google and a not so tech based company British Gas have each developed there own smart thermostat. Both devices connect to your home heating system and internet connection to create an environment where you can change the temperature, switch your heating off or on from your smartphone or other devices such as the Google home and Alexa.
What can smart thermostats do?
The best thing about smart thermostats is their ease to use. All you need is a basic smartphone and an internet connection. You could be on your way back from the airport and easily turn your heating on with a push of a button. Some thermostats come equipped with geofencing tracking, this means you could be on your way home from work cruising down the M4 and you’ve reached Newport, a location-based alert will be sent from your phone to your thermostat to ignite your boiler and start heating your home before you get back.
Most thermostats have several modes like holiday mode to protect your pipes whilst your not there, draught detection and safety modes that constantly look for anomalies in your heating patterns.
What is the difference between a Smart Meter and a Smart Thermostat?
When it comes to being smart a lot of us get a bit confused between these two devices, they are actually very different pieces of kit.
In simple terms, your Smart Thermostats gives your remote control access over your heating system whilst smart meters mainly deal with your gas and electricity readings.
By 2020 most homes in England, Scotland and Wales will all be equipped with Smart meters provided for free from your local energy provider. They will take automatic meter readings and send them to your supplier, with the aim of ending estimated billing and giving you the customer more information on your energy consumption all through an in-home display.
There you have it one controls your home all from your phone whilst the other provides meter reading information about your energy consumption.