Get the most out of your thermostat [NEW] February 23, 2022 Smart thermostats have become increasingly popular over the years, but are you making use of all of its benefits? Here at Castle Heating Kent, our engineers have put together a list of things that you may be missing out on. Am I making the most out of my smart thermostat? Setting your own schedule Your smart thermostats can be controlled manually, and over time it starts to learn your routines so don't have to keep updating. However, did you know that you can specify a strict schedule for your smart thermostats to change to a specified temperature at a specific time? If you have an app for your smart thermostat, try checking the schedule settings to set this up. Home & Away Modes Setting your thermostat to turn on when you enter your home or to turn off when you leave is a great way to keep your heating costs down. Your smart thermostat may have a home or away feature that you can use to set this up. Have a HVAC fan? Normally, your HVAC system's fan only works when the air conditioner or heat is turned on, but with certain smart thermostats, you can keep the HVAC fan running even if the air conditioner or heat isn't turned on. Change air filters Your thermostat is only as good as your HVAC system, and if your air filter is blocked and dusty, your smart thermostat won't work as efficiently as it could be. As a result, you could set up reminders to let you know when your air filters need replacing. If you have a Nest thermostat, you can access this setting on the app. Secure it with a code Although this may not be a major issue in most households, if your children are continually fiddling with the thermostat settings, there are certain thermostats that allow you to set up a PIN code to prevent this from happening. Use voice control You can use your voice to manage several elements of the Nest Thermostat, Amazon Echo or Google Home, making it a little easier and faster to make changes. You'll need to set up smart home control on your preferred voice assistant first but read through these guidelines for the Echo, the Home and Nest Thermostat. Receive notifications For the most part, your heating system is reliable, but if something goes wrong, especially when you are away or worse on a holiday, it is important that you know about it. If you have an app for your thermostat, you can opt in to get notified either via a text or an in-app notification so you can keep up to date with your heating system. Set up heating zones You can set different temperature and humidity settings in different rooms of your house with some smart thermostats. For example, during the winter, your kitchen can keep cool at night and your bedroom warm. With this feature, you are also able to regulate the temperature in your children's rooms so that everyone can be at a comfortable temperature. Thermostats may also work hand in hand with sensors to recognise which rooms are occupied and which can be left unheated. As a result, you won't waste money heating rooms that aren't in use and save money on your heating bills. Find out more Are you ready to learn more about smart thermostats and how they can help you save money on your energy bills? We can help you in selecting the right product for your needs. Call us right now at 01634 247525 or 07763 236640 to learn more about how we can assist you with smart thermostats.