The warming weather means that an early morning walk to the tube isn’t accompanied by the faint background roar and plumes of water vapour from the flues of gas boilers in the flats around us. Like many of our neighbours, we live in a small flat with gas central heating which makes quick work of heating up the flat in the mornings. The downside of living in a small space, especially on the top floor is that there is very little thermal mass – we heat up and cool down quickly. (I’ve mentioned in the past our hot weather shut up technique for keeping the bedroom bearable in the heat of summer). This is in complete contrast to Ed’s parents’ house, where the thick walls mean that even on the hottest day, it’s still cool inside, and a warming wood fire is common until quite late in the year.
However, here in the flat at least we’ve moved on from coal fires and smog in the mornings; and the next wave of progress to hit the world of central heating is the smart thermostat. They’ve been available in the States for a while, and now the same benefits are available here in the UK. The Evohome is one such device: with smart zoning so that you’re only heating the parts of the house as you need them, and a phone app to let you control heating and hot water while you’re away to let you minimize fuel usage, it gives you much greater control compared to a standard timer and thermostat system. The website gives more details as does the video, and the system builder shows what’s needed, and what can be done. I like the idea of the app so that we’re not heating the flat on nights out but can fire up the heating on our way home and return to a warm and cozy flat. I think I would be a massive fan of the remote thermostat, so that when I’m feeling the chill I do not even need to move in order to dial up the perfect temperature in the sitting room for comfort.
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are our own. Images from Evohome.