It has certainly felt like winter recently, even though many people say it does not start until the shortest day (December 22nd).  And it’s only likely to get colder over the next few months.

You may have already made some adjustments to your heating schedule to take this into account, but here are some tips anyway:

  • For most of the year, you are probably not too worried about heating at night – the house will just cool down nicely.  But in winter you may need to adjust your night-time temperature. The recommended room temp for a good night’s sleep is 18-20ºC.
  • You may also want to set the daytime temperature a little higher than in summer.  We get cold when we are outside in this weather and appreciate the extra warmth to heat us up more quickly – and to make us feel cosier.  Many of us live in old and draughty homes and a couple of extra degrees may help take the winter bite out.

With the Nest and Honeywell Evohome apps it is really easy to adjust scheduled temperatures.  For changing temperatures on your Nest thermostat have a look at this video in our FAQs. Or for Honeywell Evohome this video will help.

Another great advantage of having Nest or Evohome smart heating is that the system will adjust the timings to take account of the extra time it takes to heat up your home in winter.

They automatically monitor the outside temperature and learn how long your home takes to heat up depending that temperature.  So they will start the heating at just the right time to heat the house to the temperature you want, when you want.

If you’re going away you don’t need to worry about frozen pipes.  Your smart heating has built in sensors to override your heating if the temperature drops below 5ºC.  This is Honeywell’s Frost Protection feature while Nest call it the Safety Temperature.

These smart features and easy control will help keep you warm throughout the winter.