Control your heating from your phone with new smart Flow boilerEco RF boiler has remote diagnostics and controls
12 September 2016
Energy company Flow has tapped into the smart home trend by launching a boiler that you can control from your smartphone.
The smartphone control means that if you find yourself coming home earlier than usual, you can turn the boiler on ahead of time to get the house warmed up. It also solves the problem of forgetting to turn the heating off when you leave the house.
Flow claims the Eco RF is uniquely innovative in sending messages to your installer if something's not running as it should. If your installer receives an alert, they can log in to your boiler and tweak its settings from their office, saving you from a possibly inconvenient home visit. Flow says that this means your boiler can be running in the most effective and efficient way at all times.
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The Flow RF isn't the only smart boiler on the market - the Worcester Bosch Wave is another well-known example.
But even if you're not in the market for a new boiler, you can still use your phone to control the temperature of your home - with a smart thermostat.
Some very clever smart thermostats can even turn off when they detect everyone is out of the house, or use the weather conditions to decide the heating levels that your home needs.
To see what we thought of some of the big-name smart thermostats such as Nest, Honeywell and Hive, visit our smart thermostat reviews.
Save money with smart lighting
You can also potentially save money on your energy bills with smart lighting which allows your to schedule your lighting to your routine and control it from your phone.
This could be just one or two smart light bulbs, or a full smart lighting system such as Lightwave RF.
Read our advice on whether its worth investing in intelligent lighting in our guide to smart thermostats and lighting control systems.
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