Smart Thermostats: Getting The Most Out Of Next-Gen Heat

Posted by Callum Milne
Redwell GB Smart Thermostat Diagram

Smart thermostats are revolutionising the way we heat our homes - but to get the most out of the new tech, we need to understand how to use it...

Innovative heating systems like Redwell panels may well be making creaky, inefficient boilers a thing of the past but, as with any new technology, users may not be making the most of their potential. Redwell heating products employ smart thermostatic controls, with an array of features to help us heat our homes efficiently.

We've put together a 'best practice' guide for your smart thermostat to help you save money and enjoy the benefits of comforting, energy efficient heat...

Cold weather:

With a smart thermostat controlling your Redwell panels, your home can be heated to within 0.5 degrees of your desired temperature to provide maximum comfort when the weather turns inclement. Using the latest digital technology, smart thermostats can be programmed to keep the interior temperature of your home consistent – regardless of the weather outside.

  • Best Practice: Rely on the accuracy of your smart thermostat.

Heatmiser application on an iPad showing temperatures of rooms in a property

Intelligent heat:

Smart thermostats offer programmable schedules, meaning you can set your heating to work with your routine and arrive home to a cosy house. As Redwell panels heat the fabric of the building itself, slowly releasing heat throughout the day, a well thought-out heating schedule can provide comforting warmth consistently during the day. Many smart thermostats are also controllable via an app - if your routine changes you can adjust your heating from your phone so you aren’t heating an empty home.

  • Best Practice: Determine which time of day you need your heating the most.

Define zones:

Many programmable thermostats allow for the creation of ‘heating zones’. You'll be able to control the temperature of rooms in your home independently of each other – so take advantage of the flexibility and control by considering the way you use your home. High use zones, like lounge, dining and kitchen spaces will be 'popular' heating zones, but the most money and energy-saving potential can be generated by zoning rooms which see less use.

  • Best Practice: Know which rooms you use the most and develop custom heating zones.

Sufficient insulation:

A surprising 55% of a building's heat is lost through its walls and roof when insulation is insufficient. To ensure the savings generated by your smart thermostat aren't lost, you should consider loft, cavity wall and internal wall insulation - along with double-glazing for windows.

  • Best Practice: Make sure your building is well insulated… you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes!

User accessing heating controls on a tablet application 

Track your energy:

Smart thermostats can track your heating usage, allowing you to more accurately manage your energy consumption. According to the Energy Savings Trust, a decrease of just 1 degree on your thermostat can reduce your energy bills by as much £85-90, and with Redwell's smart thermostats you can control heating to within 0.5 of a degree, giving you complete control over your energy consumption. Most smart thermostats show your results through an online dashboard, some are able to learn your heating preferences and adjust your settings automatically. 

  • Best Practice: Understand where energy use occurs and work out where you can cut back!

Smart thermostats have the potential to be just as innovative as the heating technology they control - but it’s up to us to make sure their potential to save money and energy isn't wasted. 

Are you getting the most out of your thermostat? Want to know more about the savings Redwell systems deliver?  Get in touch with us today to learn more about heating 'best practice'...