It’s never been cooler to keep warm than it is right now with the latest generation of smart thermostat and heating systems looking to bring temperature control in-line with the modern interconnected home environment.
Smart thermostats effectively work on two levels.
On the one hand, smart thermostat and heating systems work by ‘learning’ the habits of you and your family to automatically adjust and maintain an ideal home temperature with minimal input required from the human.
Secondly, a smart heating system can be controlled from devices such as your smartphone or tablet allowing optimum control wherever you are.
The best smart thermostat systems of course combine both of these features with the ultimate end-game being to remove the need for human input entirely – an automated solution to keeping the perfect interior temperature.
We’ve hand-selected 4 of the very best smart thermostat and heating systems to lend a helping hand to heating your home.
When it comes to intelligent home heating control, no discussion can be started without a mention of the Nest Learning Thermostat.
Now in its 3rd gen iteration, the Nest marries perfectly, the combination of modern design form and temperature controlling function.
Once you’re set up, the Nest Learning Thermostat is ready to take command of your initial heating programs for the house.
After a while, the Nest begins to put its thinking cap on, learning your home heating habits and adjusting accordingly – turning off when you’re out, on when you’re home, and altering the temperature to work when energy costs are lowest.Learn more about the Nest Learning Thermostat here
The Honeywell Lyric utilises geofencing to ‘know’ whenever you leave or arrive home allowing it to activate and deactivate your heating accordingly.
With in-built HomeKit support, the Lyric also lets you know if there are any “uh-oh” situations like leaks or frozen pipes that need addressing before things get out of hand.
Alexa and HomeKit work with the Lyric out of the box (as does Samsung SmartThings) and with the ability to set actions using IFTTT, this is a smart thermostat that will stay the course, whatever the plans for your smart home ecosystem.Learn more about the Honeywell Lyric here
While smartphone/watch/tablet control is a given, one of the awesome features of the Ecobee3 is it’s ability to not only learn your personal heating habits, but also to monitor the external conditions and adjust the heat of your home according to the weather.
When connected to extra compatible room sensors, the Ecobee3 is even able to tell when specific rooms are being used and can alter the temperature accordingly.
With HomeKit, SmartThings and Alexa compatibility, the Ecobee3 is a solid choice for a truly integrated temperature solution in your home.Learn more about the Ecobee3 here
Tado uses a companion app on your smartphone to find out where you are and turn up the heat only when needed.
There are a couple of features which make the Tado different from the competition and one of the most useful is the ability to include additional heating zones around the home through installing extra thermostats.
Unlike some other smart thermostats, the Tado operates on batteries which means you can set it up wherever you want in the house and you’re good to go.Learn more about Tado here