What is a smart home heating control?
There are many ways to heat: with coal, oil, gas, regenerative resources such as wood, sun and much more. Basically, the less CO2 is emitted when generating heat, the more sustainable it is. The lower the consumption, the cheaper but also for the house or apartment owner. As a tenant, you don't really have much influence on this - residents of old buildings know what we're talking about:
- drafty corners at windows from which the heat escapes
- Crack in the door through which the wind whistles
- poorly insulated walls and roofs
There is little you can do to change the condition of the building. But you can still save energy! With relatively simple and inexpensive measures you can z. B. Automatically regulate your energy consumption by heating smarter. This already works very well today with a clever heater that can be automatically (remotely) controlled, monitored, checked and programmed.
Imagine the scenario: It's a wet, cold, gray February evening and you're walking home from work in the slush. You arrive at home and the apartment is already preheated to your personal comfort temperature when you arrive. Splendid! And smart! But how does that work? Via a control center that is networked with your heating system and via temperature sensors and controllers and thermostats that intelligently regulate energy consumption.
Smart heating is based on a modern technology concept
In terms of the process, the whole thing is surprisingly simple: You can enter your personal heating program in the central unit. Modern sensors for IoT (Internet of Things) take over the real-time control and continuously measure the room temperature. Whenever necessary, it is automatically readjusted until your comfortable temperature is reached. The great thing about it: You can also use different day and night programs. Then your smart heating will automatically turn itself down while you sleep peacefully in your warm bed, and turn it up before you sleepily sleep in the bathroom in the morning. For us, one of the biggest advantages of smart heating, because to be honest: nobody likes a cold bath in the early morning. So, almost nobody:
Heat according to need and personal temperature sensitivity
So, automatic heating control for a predefined time window: check!
We like to have different temperatures in the different rooms in which we live. It should always be nice and warm in the bathroom. Most people like it a little cooler in the bedroom – according to sleep researchers, 16 to 18 degrees Celsius is the healthiest option. In the living room it can be something more:
23 degrees would be great. This type of individual room control is not a problem. If you attach appropriate thermostats for it. There are also such fantastic new features as presence detectors for people. Yes, a smart heater knows when people are in a room and when they are not. It then heats these rooms as required and turns down the temperature in deserted rooms. This is not only practical, but also saves a lot of energy.
Smart accessories - thermostats, controllers & sensors
Even with a relatively cheap smart home system, you can save a lot on heating costs. The simple setting options of inexpensive controls are sufficient for this. These include timers in the thermostats that regulate how much heating is to take place on which days. Higher quality devices can be easily controlled via a smartphone app. So digital and no longer manual. Turning the heating on and off while on the go is just as possible as turning it off automatically when airing the room.
Bring the apartment to a comfortable temperature from anywhere: This can be done with just one click using a smartphone app and a smart heating thermostat
You can see an example of such a radiator thermostat in the picture below. Such a thermostat is very easy to install. It can be specifically programmed and ensures individual control of the radiators. You can enter numerous personal heating profiles and program several heating phases depending on use. After that, the heating runs by itself.
Sensors & Contacts
Also part of a smart heating system are optical door and window contacts with built-in sensors. If a window is open or tilted, the radiator valve closes automatically via connected radiator thermostats, e.g. B. during ventilation. If the window is closed, the valve opens again. The heating starts up again. This is ensured by intelligent sensors integrated into the handles. You can tell from the position of the handle when a window is open and regulate the heating accordingly.
Energy saving potential through smart heating
As already mentioned: A large part of the energy that we consume when we live is used for heating (at least in the northern latitudes). A quick reminder: up to 77 percent of the total energy goes into heating. The use of intelligent metering systems for electricity, gas and heat alone could lead to that 14 percent less energy is used . However, this can only be achieved with the use of smart home systems that are suitable for modern energy management. Loud a Dresden study Smart heaters can save up to 9 percent of the energy. Simply because they use an automatic energy management system for heating that follows the recommendations of the federal government's energy ordinance. That doesn't sound very high at first. However, if you consider that a 4-person household uses between 90 and 160 kilowatt hours per square meter and year for heating, you can simply calculate your current heating costs. Look at what you are paying annually at the moment and then calculate almost 10 percent of it. You won't need long to see that you can soon afford a chic winter jacket, a romantic dinner, a little trip or other things that do you good in January and February.
Setting up your Smart Home heating control made easy
That all sounds great, but how do you install such a smart heating system in your own four walls? The most practical is a so-called starter set, which already contains a base station, several controllers and thermostats and one or two door or window contacts. Too complicated? Is it really not:
Are you not the techie and need advice on buying and help installing your smart heating control? Then simply book our Smart Home Party. One of our smartifiers will then come to your home, give you detailed advice and even support you in setting up your smart home.