Smart Heating at Home: Are Smart Thermostats Worth It?



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Benefits of Smart Thermostats and Smart Home Heating Control

Smart lighting? Sure! Smart thermostat… is it worth it? Actually, smart heating control can offer a range of benefits that not only enhance comfort but also promote energy efficiency and cost savings. That’s why Ostrom wanted to offer customers the ability to integrate smart HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) devices in the Ostrom App — which you can find more about on the Smart HVAC page. In this post, we explore the advantages of smart thermostats and related products that can further elevate your home automation experience.

Benefits of Smart Thermostats

  1. Energy Efficiency: Traditional thermostats require manual adjustments–easily forgotten and often leading to unnecessary energy usage. Smart thermostats, on the other hand, can automatically adjust the temperature based on factors such as occupancy, weather conditions, and time of day to really optimize energy consumption.
  2. Cost Savings: By monitoring and analyzing your energy consumption patterns, these devices provide valuable insights on how to optimize your heating and cooling settings. Some models even offer real-time energy usage data, allowing you to identify areas where energy is being wasted.
  3. Convenience and Comfort: Smart thermostats mean you can control your home's temperature remotely. Some smart thermostats also feature geofencing technology, automatically adjusting the temperature when you leave or return home.
  4. Smart Learning and AI: Some smart thermostats are capable of becoming even more intelligent and predictive based on historical data. This learning capability ensures optimal comfort while minimizing energy waste, making your home increasingly more efficient and eco-friendly.

Getting Started: Setting Up Smart Thermostats

The centrepiece of your smart heating system is a smart thermostat. If you're comfortable with basic home tech, you can likely install the smart thermostat yourself by following the provided instructions. Most devices are made to be plug-and-play and are easily set up without additional support. If you’re not super tech savvy then you can always ask a local technician or a friend to help you, or ask the manufacturer.

Look for a model that is compatible with your heating, ventilation, heat pump, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system. There are some devices that may require specific wiring configurations or additional accessories. Make sure to choose a thermostat that supports Wi-Fi connectivity as these will usually also offer advanced features like learning capabilities, remote control, and integration with other smart devices.

Smart Home Heating: App Control

With smart tech, comes smart apps: You’ll need to download the corresponding smartphone app and connect your thermostat or device to your home Wi-Fi network for remote control. Then you can customize preferences like temperature ranges and scheduling, which is soon available in the Ostrom App; enhance your smart thermostat by integrating it with other compatible devices, such as voice assistants; and integrate additional smart heating products like smart radiator valves to optimize energy usage in different rooms.

Your Smart Home Heating with tado

When Ostrom was looking to provide customers with smart thermostats in our store, tado stood out. Offering a range of smart solutions such as thermostats for furnaces and underfloor heating, smart radiator valves, and smart air conditioning control, they should have what you are looking for. The website clearly lists what type of home or heating system its products are suitable for and offers starter kits with Internet Bridge for connectivity. If you’re looking for just a smart radiator valve or have access to your heating system and want to optimize with a smart thermostat, they can help you get started – plus there are some handy videos on their website for installation help.

Together with Ostrom

Investing in a smart thermostat, setting it up correctly, and integrating it with other smart devices will enable you to enjoy the convenience, energy efficiency, and cost savings that come with advanced home automation. And together with the Ostrom app, you can not only manage energy consumption for heating and cooling in your home, but also keep an eye on your electricity costs as a whole. Our Smart HVAC page can give you lots of great information for the most efficient home heating and cooling.

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