Advances in home heating and cooling are occurring at a rapid rate, responding to customer demand for smart thermostats, reduced bills, and a more comfortable environment. We detail three of the hottest (and coolest) technologies to emerge.
Used with central and ducted heating and cooling systems, these are devices that connect remotely to your heating and cooling units and can be controlled via a smartphone app or online from a tablet, laptop or desktop. The thermostats really are smart - they can learn your daily routine and adjust the temperature, at the right time and in the right zone, accordingly. You can also programme them to turn your heating and cooling on and off at different times of day and manage it remotely, wherever you are in the world. Smart thermostats will display your real-time energy consumption so that you can take charge of your bills. Many will inform you how long it will take for a room to reach a certain temperature so that your heating or cooling isn’t on for longer than it needs to be before you occupy the room.
Bladeless fan heater
It would seem contradictory to talk about a fan heater without blades but Dyson have managed it. Their heater utilises jet engine technology and the type of thermoplastics used to produce crash helmets, car bumpers and riot shields. Its loop design pumps out huge quantities of hot air, rather like a child blowing bubbles through a wand. No blades mean less parts to break down, no visible moving parts, and a far quieter execution. Equipped with a thermostat, it can maintain a room’s temperature up to 37°C, the material used means it is cool to the touch, plus it will switch itself off if knocked over.
Ductless split-system air conditioners
If you want to cool a room without windows or exterior walls, a ductless air conditioner is an ideal alternative to window and through-the-wall air conditioning. A huge advantage is independent zone cooling, so that you can cool just the rooms you are occupying, or set different temperatures depending on who is using each room and what they are using it for. The wall units can be installed high up on a wall or on your ceiling to be as unobtrusive as possible and, as the evaporator and condenser are separate components, split systems are quieter and more energy efficient. Perhaps most importantly, no duct network means no high installation costs or energy waste due to weaknesses in the system.