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What are smart heating controls, and could they reduce your heating bills?

Most people have heard of smart heating controls, but do you know what they are capable of and how they work? The easiest way to explain them is to start with the basics. They are not called smart because they look pretty. Smart stands for ‘Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology’, which is a bit of a mouthful and calling them smart heating controls is a much better option for most people. To find out more about this latest heating technology carry on reading below.

What are smart heating controls?

Boilers with thermostats and timers have been around for years and are generally a standard part of any heating system, whether it is domestic or commercial. They let you set your heating to come on early before you get out of bed and to turn it off again when you have left your home. Then you can set the timer to turn the heating again just before you get home, so you walk into a nice warm house. You can usually set the timers to turn your heating on and off as many times as you want each day. The temperature is set by lowering or upping the thermostat, which is traditionally a dial on a wall or somewhere else convenient.

Smart heating controls allow you to turn your heating on and off or adjust the temperature through your smartphone or tablet. If you’re watching TV, you won’t even need to get up to make the adjustments. It works wherever you are, even if you’re on the other side of the world. As long as you have a reasonable internet connection, smart heating controls will work wherever you are.

Thermostats you can program are common in most homes and business premises these days, but that does not mean they are smart heating controls. You would normally just program the schedule of heating you require that fits in with when you expect to be at home and want to be warm. They won’t allow for any variation, such as changing working or opening hours, for instance. If you always work set hours this may not be a problem, but if your hours vary then smart heating controls are a much better option.

How do smart heating controls work?

The simplicity of how smart heating controls work may surprise you.

  • The first thing that has to be fitted is a smart boiler connection. This plugs into your boiler and connects to the next piece of equipment.
  • The second thing you need is a control unit or thermostat that connects to the internet via your wifi. This will then control what is happening from your instructions.
  • Thirdly, you need to download an app to your mobile device. This will ‘talk’ to your control unit, which in turn will ‘talk’ to your boiler telling it what you have instructed.

These three components will give you more control over your heating than you have ever had before, in a simple and effective manner. There are other bits and pieces you can add to the system, but the above is a basic example of how smart heating controls work.

How can smart heating controls benefit you?

Maybe you are perfectly happy setting your heating to come on and go off with the traditional type of timer and thermostat, and if this is the case it’s fine. However, many people feel this way until they get to use smart heating controls and then they realise how much better it is not having to rely on the timer being set properly and being able to control the heating from wherever they are, no matter what time of day or night it is.

Having a smart heating control installed can help to save you money on your heating bills, but only if you use it properly. Research has shown that the people most likely to save the most euros include:

  • People with busy lives that always want to be able to control the heating of their home.
  • Those who have a regular routine that can be learned by the smart heating controls ensuring their home is always warm when it needs to be.
  • Anyone that wants to track exactly how much energy they are using and how much it’s costing them.
  • People who are happy to use tech, such as smartphones and computers. Users have to be comfortable with using apps.

The research also showed that if you are forgetful the more traditional timers and thermostats are probably better suited to you, and if you are planning on moving to a new house soon, wait and install the smart heating controls in your new home.

Smart heating controls do not cost a fortune to have installed and you can generally expect to recover the costs in utility bill savings within a year.

Smart heating controls are not just for domestic purposes, they can be used in commercial buildings too. It can be an ideal solution for offices or commercial premises where you might work late or come in at unusual hours.


Contacting experts to install your smart heating controls

Gas Safe Engineering have been offering heating and plumbing services all over Ireland for more than 10 years. Our engineers are fully qualified experts in all aspects of heating systems, including smart heating controls, and they have the experience you need.


If you would like to know more about whether smart heating controls would be suitable for you, why not give us a call on 01 9695219 or email us at info@gassafe.ie.


As well as assisting you with smart heating controls, we also specialise in boiler servicing, boiler upgrades, gas leaks, repairs, fireplaces, plumbing and heating repairs and installations, radiators, valves, cookers, water tanks, and we can issue safety certificates. In fact, if you want anything done in your home, or your business premises, and it is related to heating or plumbing, get in touch with our friendly team today.

Do Your Business Premises Need A Gas Service?

All businesses in Ireland have a legal responsibility to ensure the premises are safe for their employees, their customers, and any other visitors. Complying with health and safety laws is an important part of being a business owner, and that includes ensuring all gas appliances are safe. Any that are not could produce carbon monoxide, which is potentially lethal to anyone that breathes it in.

Health and safety in the workplace, or in any area the public have access to, is a matter that needs to be taken very seriously. Ignoring your gas boiler or central heating maintenance can lead to hefty fines, as well as putting peoples lives at risk.

Reduce Your Risk Of A Breakdown With A Gas Service

The risk of a boiler breaking down is significantly reduced if it has been regularly serviced and maintained. It will also ensure it’s working to its optimum efficiency, making it cheaper to run. Servicing your boiler annually means any repairs will be spotted before they cause too much damage. All in all, a gas service of your boiler and heating system could save you significant amounts of money.

There is also your productivity to consider. During winter months there are minimum temperatures you have to make sure your premises are above or your workers have the right to refuse to work until something is done about it. The acceptable temperatures for indoor workers are between 16 and 75 degrees celsius, although there are some that start at a higher level. Offices for instance, where people do not move away from their desks all day, should reach at least 17.5 degrees celsius within one hour of employees starting work.

This is all part of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Applications) 2007, which deal with workplace temperatures, and there are severe sanctions if you breach these rules at your business.

Can Anyone Carry Out A Gas Service?

A gas boiler service, regardless of whether the boiler is located in commercial premises or in the home, can only be carried out by a Registered Gas Installer, and it is illegal for anyone else to carry out the work.

This has been the case since 2006 when the Commission for Energy Regulation worked with the gas industry to put safety regulations in place. Prior to this registration was voluntary. This increased the risk of someone who was not qualified carrying out work they may not have been qualified to perform.

Each individual is registered in his or her own right, and they all have a Registered Gas Installer ID. Gas companies can also register to obtain their own ID.

A Registered Gas Installer (RGI) is fully trained and insured and will be able to give you a conformance certificate once the work has been completed. This will give you peace of mind knowing you gas boiler is safe, and you will have it to show the Health and Safety Authority should they decide to call.

Genuine Parts and Makers Recommendations

An RGI will use genuine replacement parts in most cases. Of course, there will always be the odd screw or gasket that is universal when they are carrying out a gas service, but generally they will follow the maker’s recommendations.

The manufacturers will also state how often the boiler will need a service. This is usually annually, but the makers might recommend that it is done more often, This is more likely to be the case with a commercial boiler than a domestic one, as they get more use and are under more pressure.

Replacing Your Boiler

There comes a point where no matter how often your boiler is serviced or how many new parts it has, a replacement would be a better option. New equipment is more efficient than older boilers. This applies to many gas and electric appliances. For example, a dishwasher that is more than 4 years old will use about 10 gallons of water for each wash cycle. A new model will only use 7 gallons and will consume less electricity. It might not sound like a big difference, but if that dishwasher is used just once a day, that is a saving of 21 gallon’s a week or 1092 gallons a year.

The same principle applies to your gas boiler, although they do tend to stay efficient for around 10 years rather than 4. Newer models are more environmentally friendly and will reduce your heating bills.

Call Gas Safe Engineering Ltd For Your Gas Service

We have been servicing gas and oil boilers since 2006. We also offer a range of other services, including gas safety checks, leak detection, pump replacement, plumbing maintenance, heating installation, bathroom refurbishments, cooker and gas fire installation, and most other things you can think of relating to gas and plumbing work. In fact, if it’s not shown on the list you should contact us anyway as there’s still a good chance we will be able to help.

We have a reputation for high quality workmanship and excellent customer service, which is why estate agents, housing associations, nursing homes, public houses, hospitals, restaurants, churches, schools, factories, offices and hotels are among the large variety of businesses we have worked with. We also offer all our services in the domestic market, and will gladly do a gas service in your home.

If you want a gas service, a quote for a regular maintenance contract, some plumbing work, a new heating system installed, or anything else you think we might be able to help you with, call us today on 01 969 5219. We are a friendly bunch who will be glad to answer any questions you have.

If you prefer to contact us by e-mail, the address is info@gassafe.ie, or you can complete our contact form for us to get in touch with you.

However you decide to get in touch, you will not regret speaking with the experts at Gas Safe Engineering Ltd.


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