Smart thermostats can connect to the internet, offering various useful features. One such feature is geolocation, which allows the thermostat to determine your presence at home and adjust the temperature accordingly.
While this feature is useful, it pales in comparison to the capabilities discussed in this article.
If you already have a smart thermostat, sometimes a simple rewiring inside the boiler can unlock these benefits.
Modulating the boiler means adjusting the appliance's output based on demand. For example, if it's 10 degrees outside, you might need only a little heating. A modulating thermostat can tell the boiler to produce a lower temperature, maintaining a comfortable indoor environment without the intense 'on-off' cycling typical of non-modulating thermostats.
The best thermostats are modulating smart stats, which come in two types: load compensation and weather compensation.
Benefits of Modulating Smart Stats and Controls
More condensing means more energy and heat are extracted from the boiler, turning fumes into liquid water. This is particularly relevant for gas boilers, as oil boilers are less likely to modulate or accept modulating control.
Modulating controls can save up to 45% efficiency on your current boiler setup. Efficiency is measured both in fuel savings and boiler reliability and lifespan.
Each boiler has its unique 'language', often compatible with its own brand's controls, but many new boilers also support OpenTherm. This universal language allows third-party controls (e.g., Honeywell Evohome, Google Nest) to communicate with the boiler. Choosing the correct boiler control can also facilitate remote fault diagnostics and adjustments.
No, they vary in sensitivity and efficiency. For instance, the Nest gently modulates temperature, while Honeywell EvoHome offers multi-zoning but is more aggressive in temperature modulation, potentially leading to less efficiency.
Common Concerns and Solutions
Final Thoughts and Next Steps...
If you're considering a smart modulating control, start by checking if your boiler can modulate and what language it speaks. Don't overlook the boiler manufacturer's controls, as they are often reliable, even if they lack some features.
For more information or if you're looking for smart controls in Leeds, Wakefield, or surrounding areas, contact us at 0113 8500510.