There’s no shortage of smart thermostats on the market, and big name brands like Google, Hive and Honeywell all have their own versions of this temperature control technology.
To help you find the right tech for your home, here’s a look at some key features you may (or may not) require from your chosen model.
Multi-room/zonal control: many smart thermostats will have multi-room controls, allowing you to input different temperature settings for different zones at different times of the day. This is an excellent way to improve energy efficiency, particularly in the case of bigger homes where you may only use one part of the house for the majority of the time.
Draught detection: to prevent your HVAC system working harder than it needs to (and stop you wasting money), most smart thermostats are able to detect draughts and will typically send you a notification through the app to alert you to them.
Usage reports: some models provide you with usage data, helping you see where potential cost savings could be made. This data is usually generated on a monthly basis and will tell you how many hours you’ve spent heating or cooling your home so you can compare any changes with previous months.
GPS tracking: if you’re always on the go and have an unpredictable routine, this is a really handy feature to have. How it works varies. Some devices will track your location and adjust temperature settings based on whether you’re moving away or toward your home. Others will simply alert you if you’ve left your HVAC system running whilst you're out. You can then turn it off or make appropriate changes through the app.