A standard (non smart) terrier thermostatic radiator valve fitted to a radiator in my house.

Smart Radiator Valves: Worth It? Or Just A Gimmick?

A single-zone smart thermostat can either put the whole house’s heating on, or off. It can’t control individual rooms (well, not without automatic dampers – which are rarely fitted in…

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An ecobee room sensor on a bookcase shelf.

Ecobee Sensors Guide (And Can You Use 3rd Party Sensors?)

ecobee produce a range of smart home devices, although they’re best known for their smart thermostat which rivals the Nest Learning Thermostat. ecobee also produce two smart sensors: a SmartSensor…

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YouTube thumbnail showing Tristan, a Nest thermostat and the text "Pointless?" and "A waste of money".

New Video – Smart Thermostats Are Pointless (11 Reasons Why)!

I have posted a new video on YouTube covering 11 reasons why I think that smart thermostats are pointless and can potentially be a waste of money, which is the…

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Rolls of conduit/UPVC pipework on the edge of a building site.

Smart Thermostats With Geothermal – What To Be Careful Of

The Nest Learning Thermostat proudly talks of supporting 95% of heating systems, whilst Ecobee also says that it supports “most” systems including geothermal. But do they work properly with geothermal,…

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A marketing image of the 2019 ecobee SmartThermostat black model with the temperature being displayed on screen.

12 Awesome (And Easy) Ways To Achieve Home Automation

Home automation can be achieved in a range of ways. With so much smart tech available nowadays, you can pretty much look around your house and find ways of automation…

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Two Google Nest thermostats in store, the Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen and Thermostat E.

11 Reasons Why Smart Thermostats Are Pointless

“My smart thermostat has really improved my home life” – said no one ever. When smart ‘learning’ thermostats burst onto the scene in 2011, they did so to great fanfare….

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