You can upgrade a home heating system with the addition of a Google Nest or other smart thermostat. But if you’re renovating an existing home or building a new house, consider installing smart heaters from the get-go.

Why a Smart Heater?

A smart home heater is a unit or system you can control remotely. Some allow you to use a smartphone, and others a remote control device. But the real value of a smart heater system is that it learns your schedule and your preferences until it can ensure that the temperature in each room of your home is just right for the weather and the time of day.

A smart heater also can be smart enough to sense when windows and doors are open, preventing unnecessary waste of fuel, heat, and money. And of course, you typically can use your mobile device to monitor the temperature in your house when you are away (and adjust as required), or even track how much power your smart heater consumes over time.

For example, Ayla customer Dimplex North America, a manufacturer of electronic heating products, offers convection and fan-forced electric wall heaters with programmable wireless control.

    What to Look for in a Smart Heater

    There are a few important factors to consider when purchasing a smart heater:

    • Heater Type: Do you want radiant, convection, or something else, like an electrically controlled fireplace?
    • Safety: Does the system have automatic shut off, sensors, child protection features?
    • App and Voice Activation: Are you looking for remote control and voice assistance from technology such as Amazon Alexa?
    • Energy Consumption and Efficiency: Is the system environmentally friendly? And will it save money on your heating bills?

    Smart Heaters with a Twist

    These days, environmental intelligence is an important factor in deciding on a smart heater, and manufacturers are serious about developing and adapting products to meet consumer expectations. For example, HVAC manufacturer Napoleon, an Ayla customer, was recently presented with prestigious industry awards for these two climate-smart units:

    • Smart Wood Stove with technology that measures real-time particulate emissions and automatically maintains the cleanest wood burn possible. The burn rate and room temperature can be controlled with a button on the stove, or through an intuitive app.
    • Heat & Cool Electric Fireplace, a patent-pending industry first that provides the beauty and warmth of an electric fireplace, but uses 50% less energy.

    Even if you live in a rental -- or perhaps just not ready to purchase a built-in smart heater -- you can still try out the technology on a small scale with a smart portable space heater. Many are now voice- and smartphone-enabled. Take a look at some of the options here.

    Consumers Warm up to Smart Heaters

    According to the research firm Statistica, the North American smart electric heater market was valued at approximately $208.9 million in 2017 and is expected to grow steadily through 2026.

    As smart heaters become more popular, less expensive, and more functional in the coming years, it certainly makes sense to start your home design or upgrade project with a plan for smart heating, where it will have the most impact on the wellbeing of the environment -- and in the contents of your pocketbook.

    Manufacturers: Find out how the Ayla IoT platform allows you to develop smart heaters for the consumer market with minimal time, cost and effort—and to improve your business based on real-world knowledge gained from data generated by connected devices. 

    Find out more by contacting Ayla for a free consultation.