Energy-saving controllers can help to reduce heating costs at home. But with so many different models to choose from it‘s hard to know which product best suits your needs. This post explains how to operate energy-saving controllers and introduce new products. Let’s explore the best fit for you!
What does a power-saving controller do?
An energy-saving controller works in a similar way to a manual thermostat. It simply opens and closes the radiator valve. The advantage of an energy-saving controller is automation. You can reduce energy consumption by setting it to close when a room reaches a certain temperature. Heating times can be defined too so that an individual room is only heated when it’s in use.
There are some differences between the many energy-saving controllers. We’ve taken a closer look at four products and how to use them.
Smart and intuitive thermostats
New thermostats have come a long way from rotary controls. The Genius LED 100, from the “Genius” smart thermostat series, displays the temperature on an intuitive LED bar graph. “Fast-Link-Technology” allows you to create heating plans in-app and wirelessly share them to your thermostat. The transmission uses light pulses, which the mobile device transmits through the app when it’s held to the thermostat. You can programme several thermostats with the same setting. This saves you from any complicated programming on the device.
Another feature is the “self-learning” mode. This automatically records temperature changes and creates a heating profile based on what it’s learned.
This thermostat is a great entry-level model because it’s so easy to install and operate. It doesn’t have to be embedded in a smart home system and looks great. You can programme the thermostat yourself or automatically generate a heating plan to reduce consumption.
Extra comfort thanks to Bluetooth control
For those who want a thermostat with even more flexibility and smart features. The Genius BLE 100 is similar to the LED 100 in many ways. The app allows you to manage real-time changes to your environment through your smartphone. You create an individual heating plan in-app and transfer it to the controller via Bluetooth.
If you’re looking for even more flexible control options, an app enabled smart energy-saving controller could be the way to go.
What to consider during assembly
Energy-saving controllers, including the examples above, are easily attached without opening the heating circuit. So even tenants in rented accommodation can use these smart solutions to save on heating costs. When you move house, the old controls are simply re-attached and added to your new radiators. Remember to check if the heater has the thermostat mounted on either the right or left hand side.
If you often move house, we recommend using an energy-saving controller with mounting options. The Genius LCD 100, for example, rotates 180 degrees so not matter where you move the display is clear.
Take full advantage of a smart home system
Looking for a heater that can do even more? Then a smart home set is the right option for you. A good starter system is the Homematic IP Heating Set – easy connect. You install the thermostat without having to interfere with the heating circuit. Sensors are also available for window frames. So as soon as someone opens a window, the heating turns off, saving energy.
The Homematic IP Heating Set – easy connect works as a standalone solution or as part of the Homematic IP Smart Home system. This system can be upgraded with optional components, controllers and sensors. The options are endless! You can remotely control and monitor room temperatures on your phone. Or check if your windows and doors are open at any time. Whether your prefer to use an app or voice control assistants like Amazon Alexa, there’s countless ways to customise your home. So if you enjoy smart tech that’s easy to use and saves you money – a complete smart heating system is a good choice for you.
Which energy-saving controller is the right one for me?
Ask yourself the following question: do I want to install a closed solution? Or do I want to embed energy-saving controllers into a smart home system? If you’re not ready to decide yet… the Homematic IP solution might be the best option because it’s easy to extend whenever you’re ready. No matter what choice you make, you can save energy and heating costs today.
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