Whether it’s our smartphones or virtual assistants, most of us are familiar with some form of intelligent control, but when it comes to our heating, what exactly are the options available? Many modern heaters come with a range of smart controls, from Bluetooth to WiFi. To help you find the best solution for your home, we’ve put together a list of the different smart electric heating options, showing how each one will benefit you.
1. Bluetooth control
First up we’ve got Bluetooth control, which has been around for some time, but how does it help with controlling your heating? Well, as long as you are within range of the appliance and have the correct app downloaded onto your phone or tablet, you can access a variety of features from the comfort of your seat.
How is it useful?
- Convenient remote-control system with no direct line of sight needed
- Intuitive graphic interface that simplifies programming
- Access to extra features through the app
Chances are you’re accustomed to using a remote control, perhaps for your TV or even for your current heating system. Most remotes come with push-button control and allow you to manage an appliance from a short distance. Bluetooth effectively works in the same way only it lets you program your heating through an app on your phone. App control gives you access to a range of features including daily programming and precise temperature adjustment all through the intuitive graphic interface of your phone. Unlike a typical remote, Bluetooth uses a shortwave radio frequency which travels further, delivering wireless control that does not need a direct line of sight to your appliance. This means you can make changes to your heaters no matter where you are in the house, so if you’re in the kitchen cooking and want to adjust the heating in the living room, you can simply hop on the app and make those changes. One of our bestselling Bluetooth heaters is the ecostrad Adesso, which boasts an ultra-slim, designer aesthetic to match its intelligent control, making it a great choice for a range of spaces. If you do choose Bluetooth control, it is important to note that it cannot be used outside your home and can only support a small number of appliances, so if you’re wanting more versatile control over a larger system, it might be worth considering our next option.
2. WiFi control
WiFi control has revolutionised the heating industry in recent years, making it easier than ever to manage your home heating. With it you can access a multitude of features, giving you a level of control that was previously unattainable.
How is it useful?
- Convenient & easy to use
- Distance control using your phone
- On-the-go heat management
- Perfect for those with a busier lifestyle
- Access to extra features through the app
Like Bluetooth, WiFi provides control through an app on your phone, however, it takes it that one step further by letting you program your heating from anywhere in the world. You don’t need to be physically present at your property to use it. As long as you have the app downloaded on your phone and access to the internet you can adjust your heating even when you’re out and about. WiFi control lets you program your heaters on an individual or collective basis, allowing for different heating zones throughout the house. This means each radiator can be set to follow a separate schedule with varying temperatures for every room. Some apps give you access to energy usage statistics, geolocation and voice control, but perhaps one of the best advantages is that an app will constantly evolve over time. With continuous upgrades to improve usability and functionality, an app provides you with a long-lasting method of control that won’t need to be replaced in the future.
Some of our smart electric radiators, like the ecostrad iQ Ceramic, conveniently come with WiFi programming already built in, however, there are those that need an additional device for access to WiFi. The Technotherm KS DSM is the perfect example, as it only provides full WiFi programming when purchased with its optional WiFi hub, so it is worth keeping this in mind when purchasing a smart heater. Though WiFi controlled radiators are an excellent energy-saving option for any household, they’re particularly useful for properties that might go empty for some time, like holiday lets or rentals, as landlords can still remain in control of the heating without actually having to visit the property.
3. Voice control
In recent years, the use of voice assistants like Amazon Alexa has become commonplace in our homes. When it comes to heating, voice control allows the user to manage and adjust their radiators with simple commands, making it ideal if you’re looking for easy and convenient heat management.
- Effortless, hands-free control
- Adjust temperatures with voice commands
- A quicker way of managing your heating
- Integrates well into existing smart home setups
Instead of reaching for your thermostat or phone every time you want to change the temperature, with voice control you can adjust your heating the hands-free way. Access to WiFi is required for this, and you must be within range of your smart speaker, but it does mean you don’t have to lift a finger to make changes to your heating. So, if you’re working from home, binge watching your favourite show or simply doing the ironing, there’s no need to stop in your tracks just to adjust the temperature. Many of our WiFi controlled radiators are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home so they’ll fit in perfectly with the rest of your system if you already have one of these assistants set up.
4. Motion sensor
Some of our radiators are so smart that they even come with a motion sensor mode for automated heating you can rely on. A motion sensor completely removes the guesswork from heating your home as it responds to your daily routine, only switching on and providing warmth when there is movement in the room.
How is it useful?
- Set & forget heating
- Fully automatic so no manual control needed
- Perfect for less frequented rooms
There may be a room in your property that doesn’t need to be heated constantly, like the spare bedroom, a communal space in a shared house, or even your home office, which is why radiators with a motion sensor make for the perfect solution. They only provide warmth when movement is detected, so energy isn’t wasted on heating a space that isn’t being used, providing you with a more efficient heating system. Some radiators, like the Haverland SmartWave can even learn your routine. Through using its motion sensor, the SmartWave detects and takes note of when you enter and leave a room throughout the week, adapting swiftly to any changes in your routine to create a personalised heating schedule just for you. If you happen to arrive home ahead of your schedule, the SmartWave will switch to comfort mode, guaranteeing your home is toasty and warm precisely when you need it. However, if you arrive late, it will switch to economy mode, so you don’t have to worry about wasting energy heating a space when you’re not there. The SmartWave’s motion sensor is a handy feature if you happen to have a less structured routine as you don’t have to worry about re-programming your heating every time your schedule changes.
Is smart electric heating the way forward?
In many ways, yes. It is more efficient, incredibly convenient, easy to use and ultimately the future of home heating. As we move towards more environmentally friendly solutions, smart heating will continue to grow and develop, so why not get ahead of the curve and purchase one of our bestselling, smart electric heaters today?