Investing in a connected thermostat can help cut your energy consumption by optimising energy management in your home. But that doesn’t make it the right solution for everyone.
In some cases, your habits and wishes and the characteristics of your heating installation can make this kind of investment less attractive, or even absolutely pointless.
Is the smart thermostat right for you? And what to look out for when buying a smart thermostat? Let’s find out!
First of all, a quick reminder...
The smart thermostat is part of the growing family of connected objects. What distinguishes it from 'traditional' regulation systems? Its ability to collect, process and communicate information via the Internet, which opens up new possibilities for you.
It means that, like a conventional programmable thermostat, the intelligent thermostat regulates the heating of your home, following your instructions. But it also has some exciting new features. For example:
You are away on a regular basis, your schedules are irregular... In short, if a conventional solution does not offer you enough flexibility for optimal regulation of your heating.
You have decided to reduce your energy bill by monitoring your day-to-day consumption.
You want to take full advantage of the possibilities of connected objects to improve your creature comforts at home.
The least expensive smart thermostats will set you back around €150 but the bill for the most sophisticated models can top €500. This is usually accompanied by installation costs.
Investing this kind of money may not be worthwhile if you identify with the following profiles:
You’re almost always at home, your schedules are generally regular or you are completely familiar with your habits... In short, you are managing perfectly well with a traditional thermostat and/or programmable valves. You have already fine tuned your settings and you’re in control of your energy consumption.
For example, you use a stove that is not connected to a central heating system.
You don’t have a smartphone, you’re allergic to technology and you don’t want to spend time learning to use a new system. You are wary of the potential use of your data, despite the manufacturers’ reassurances.
You can buy a smart thermostat through your energy supplier or simply pick one up at a specialist shop. In both cases, there are a few things to bear in mind.
Quite a few energy suppliers have financially rewarding deals for the purchase and installation of a smart thermostat. However, in deciding to go down that road, it is worth bearing in mind the following:
Obviously, you can just go out and buy and fit a smart thermostat yourself. In that case, bear the following in mind:
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