Could you save money with smart heating controls?Which? delves into the world of smart heating

15 September 2014

Nest heating controls

Control the temperature of your home at the touch of a smartphone button

Do you sometimes forget to turn your heating off when you go out to the shops? And do you hate coming home to a cold house if you've been away for the weekend? Then installing a smart heating control in your home could help save you money, energy and hassle.

Also known as intelligent thermostats, smart heating controls can stop you heating an empty home unnecessarily, and allow you to control your heating from your smartphone.

Not everyone will benefit from installing a smart heating control, but our guide to smart heating controls explains who is likely to save the most on their energy bills.

How do smart heating controls work?

Smart heating controls are wired up to your central heating system. Using an internet connection and a smartphone app, they allow you to check and control the exact temperature of your home at all times, amongst a whole host of other features.

Each brand of smart heating control has a different way of saving you money on your energy bills. Some smart heating controls will learn your routine and make sure your property is nice and warm when you get home, others can track your location so they know when to switch the heating off and back on again.

You can see what other features smart heating controls can offer, plus find out the answer to the question can smart heating controls save you money?

Are Hive and Nest the best brands of smart heating controls?

Although you may have already heard of Hive and Nest, there are many more smart heating controls brands on the market. Which is best for you will depend on your home and your needs.

Do you want to be able to control both your hot water as well as your heating? Or do you want to be able to control individual rooms in your home?

We’ve had a look at nine different brands of smart heating controls, and have created a handy smart heating controls comparison table that can easily show you which brand would be the best fit for you and your property.

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