This is a Sponsored Post. Thank you to Drayton for providing us with a free Wiser multi-zone kit 2, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
With energy costs rising we’re all looking for ways to control our energy consumption and heat our homes more efficiently. And, if we can reduce our energy consumption that’s good for the planet too. With a smart heating system, you can do just that.
If you follow my Blog, you’ll know that about a year ago Mr J and I bought a large house with our daughter, son-in-law and three grandsons; so now we’re a family of 7 in a 5-bedroom house so we have lots of rooms to heat!
With so many of us living in the same house and all doing our own thing we need to be able to control the heating in our home room by room. This is where Wiser Smart heating controls from Drayton can really help.
What is Wiser Smart Heating
Wiser is a Smart heating system which consists of a main control hub which is connected to the boiler with a series of Wi-Fi connected thermostatic radiator valves and room thermostats.
The radiator valves and room thermostats are all controlled by the Wiser App and the system is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, you can control it from anywhere, at any time.
As well as the thermostats you can also add Wiser Smart plugs to your system. With these Smart plugs you can schedule your electrical appliances to turn on and off when needed and the plugs also function as boosters for the Smart radiator valves.
Once you’ve installed the Smart radiator valves, room thermostats and plugs you can allocate each device to a zone in your home, you can have up to 16 separate zones.
The separate zones work brilliantly for us. We have each room in the house set up as a zone, so we have 12 zones. The thermostatic radiator valves aren’t recommended for use in bathrooms due to the humidity, so we control those with normal radiator valves.
Each zone is fully customisable, and you can set separate schedules for each. This means that we’re able to have the heating off in most rooms during the day when everyone is out but turn it on room by room as required. The boys get home from school around 15:45 and tend to go up to their rooms to do homework, or more likely play on the consoles so we schedule the heating to come on in their rooms around 3pm.
You can also schedule by day, so we have a different schedule for Fridays, when G doesn’t work, and another one for the weekend. It’s so flexible and means that we can fully control the heating by room, day and time; all from the App; which I find amazing.
Does the Wiser Smart Heating Control System Save You Money?
.Obviously, this depends on how you use your system and control your usage. But if you fully utilise the Wiser multi room control function and smart modes then it’s predicted you can save up to £575 per year*
The Eco Mode is a very clever feature and works by learning about your home’s thermal properties and how long it takes to react to temperature changes and turn the boiler off sooner to save energy. So basically, it learns how long it takes for your house to heat up and cool down depending on the weather!
Away mode is also another handy feature as it lets you instantly reduce all the setpoints (scheduled temperatures) instantly across all zones in your home if you’re going on holiday or just out for the day.
And, if you’re really techy you can use IFTTT to activate Away Mode via geofencing whenever the last person in your house leaves.
This could save you 14% more energy, according to a study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics.
The Wiser App also provides you with lots of data and useful graphs to see what you’re using, and this can help you predict your bills and budget accordingly.
*Smart thermostat system percentage savings based on BEAMA and Salford University research statistics 2021. Energy mode savings based on Schneider Electric research on Wiser user data 2021. Energy consumption calculations based on Ofgem average total household fuel bill of £2,500 per year, October 2022. Heating and hot water estimated at 50% of total household fuel bill according to ‘Which?’ equating to £1,250 per year. Savings are guideline and will vary based on your home’s thermal performance.