March 2013 saw unprecedented freezing weather descend upon the British Isles. Few were spared and many, including me, had their heating system conk out as 50mph winds ripped down fencing and trees and swirled down gas boiler flue pipes extinguishing pilot lights and rendering heating systems all over the country “out of action.” Your heating system is the kind of thing that you only really appreciate when it isn’t working, so we thought it was a good time to weigh up the heating alternatives of the modern era, in the form of apps.
Tado – The ‘Personal Heating Assistant’
The Tado has been dubbed as being Europe’s answer to the American smart phone heating controller, the Nest. What this device does is to make sure that you are not paying good money to heat up the sky and also to ensure that you return home to a nice snug warm habitation. In other words, the Tado is a mobile thermostat control.
If, for example, you are going to be late home from work you can turn the heating down to low or turn it off all together and when you are ready to return home you simply whack up the temperature from your smartphone and sometime later walk into a nice warm house.
Tado is compatible with most conventional heating systems and can essentially replace an existing thermostat.
Danfoss Heating Solutions app
This is a useful tool that is said by Danfoss to “simplify daily tasks.” The features of the Danfoss app includes am installer tool plus explanatory video, a flow and pressure calculator, information to set the flow through radiator valves correctly, although at the present time these instructions are only available in German – Not much good then for non-German speaking Brits stuck with a mal-functioning boiler!
Remote Heating Control from British Gas
Aside from intricate and quirky ideas such as cloud cover and weather changes, surely the number one important element of a remote control heating system is to turn your heating up or down and on and off?
With the Remote Heating Control app you simply text your boiler a message – “Turn the heating off!” and because you have paid £149 for British Gas’s remote heating system and downloaded their app, the boiler does exactly as it is told.
Mangrums A/C and Heating app
The Mangrum’s A/C & Heating app enables users to stay informed and connected with the air conditioning and heating suppliers, Mangrum’s. The app is free to download and is claimed – by Mungrum’s – to be really easy to use. – We’ve heard that one before!
Although what you don’t get for free is the air conditioning and heating system unit.
The Heating Calculator
A fairly comprehensive calculator for working out the heating settings for every room in the house, the Heating Calculator stores multiple jobs (or houses) and is therefore the ideal tool for a person in the heating industry, namely a gas man or a plumber.
The Heating Calculator calculates the ideal radiator valve setting for each room and works out the kilowatt needs of the house in order for the correct size of boiler to be purchased.
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