Is your home smart enough for Winter?18th September 2018
According to Astronomers, Autumn officially begins this Sunday 23rd September and with Autumn comes darker nights, colder weather and Winter just around the corner. Make sure you’re home is ready by reading our checklist to preparing you and your property for the change in seasons.
1. Check your heating – your home should be heated to at least 18 °C
Cold weather can be a risk to your health, particularly if you are over 65 or have health conditions. The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.
Your home (and those of your elderly relatives and neighbours) should ideally be at least 18°C. On colder days, keep your windows closed at night as this could cause a real drop in the temperature indoors. Consider investing in a MiHome thermostat and our radio-controlled Smart Radiator Valves to control the temperature in your home more effectively. The thermostat also senses occupancy and humidity which can be viewed in the MiHome App so you never need worry about the temperature whilst you’re at home. You can also save money and keep an eye on those heating bills at the same time!
2. Take control of your lighting – make your home more secure on those dark nights
Now the nights are getting darker, we all start to feel warier of getting home to a dark house in the evenings or even leaving your home in darkness if you’re out for the evening. Especially as the statistics say that burglaries increase by 20% during the colder months. Installing an outside light will help make you feel more secure particularly if it has a motion sensor to come on when anyone approaches the house. Even better, you can use MiHome smart switches to control your lighting remotely and set it up to come on when you are at a particular distance from your house or set them up to come on at a particular time to make it look like you’re in when you’re out!
3. Keep an eye on your bills
Space heating is responsible for two thirds of energy use and half of energy bills in UK homes. This means the average home can easily spend £600 keeping warm in a typical winter. If you don’t want to be hit by a large bill at the end of the Winter then consider investing in a MiHome whole house monitor which will allow you to monitor the power and energy usage of your entire home so you can control your usage and reduce your energy bills at the same time.
4. And finally relax and cozy up in your home!
Who says long winter nights are bad? Cozy up your house and make the most of those winter weather duvet days. Even better, use your MiHome Click to control all your household appliances so you don’t need to move from the sofa or bed!
We hope this checklist helps you prepare but if you need any further support with making your home smarter this season then please get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on Facebook or Twitter