And that was the longest winter

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So it was officially deemed as the first day of spring on Tuesday this week, and OH MY does it feel good to be able to say that out loud. This was the winter that felt as though it was the longest one ever (it wasn’t, it was only as long as every other winter) but due to a few attacks from so-called ‘Beasts’ from the East direction, it’s not felt a very mild winter. At all.

Snow after snow after snow.

I have felt as though all I’ve talked about lately on here and on Instagram is how cold I am, and how cold it is outside, and how grey the sky has looked. And how desperate I’ve been for spring to arrive (it’s still cold today btw and looks set to be that way for the week ahead booooo!).

Luckily we live in a new-build home that’s only 3-years old, which, even though it’s a 5-bedroomed house, feels a lot warmer than our last house (a 3-bed cottage). It holds the warmth well — it’s got new windows and is well insulated — but despite this, even we’ve still been cranking up the heating, cuddling under blankets and putting on more layers.

The really friendly guys at Baxi got in touch with us recently and wanted to chat through our boiler and smart room thermostat, uSense. We were actually REALLY delighted as this is genuinely something we were keen on looking into this year; we wanted our home to have the latest technology and also be as efficient as possible in order to keep our bills down. We therefore jumped at the chance to have an upgrade on our existing heating system.

In the end, as our boiler is fairly new, we opted for the uSense option only, but Baxi can supply and fit a range of new boilers too. Baxi uSense is compatible with all combi boilers using the 230V switch live.

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The smart room thermostat is amazing! Once the main installation was done the app then took a few minutes to install onto my phone (the Engineer helped me). You literally open the app, turn the dial up or down to the temperate you want, whenever you want the heating on or off. Simples.

Since we’ve had it installed I’ve been waking up in the morning and turning the heating on ready for the whole to family to get up, or popping it on when I’m doing the school run so that’s it’s warm when we get home!

I can also come out of manual mode and set the heating to come and off at various times of the day, via the scheduling tool. We can also do things like turn it on when we’re on holiday (great for if there’s really bad weather at home).

We have two areas of our home zoned off for different heating needs – upstairs and downstairs.

One huge benefit of this to us as a family of four is that we can also enter our providers details into the app and track our usage and consumption — keeping on top of bills and making sure there’s no waste. This is brilliant because this is something we’ve never used before, or even thought about. I am sure we will now save money on heating bills.

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If you’re interested in doing this yourself then here are some costings and you can find more on their website here:

  • Approx £2,000 for a new Baxi 630 boiler, uSense and installation
  • or, approx £250 for a uSense including installation (this is what we had)

I know it sounds a little dull but knowing that we have our heating up-to-date and modern, under our control and efficient, has made Dave and I feel really happy about our home and keeping it warm. It’s nice to know that we will go into next winter feeling confident about our boiler and the smart room thermostat.

The fun and trials of middle age and parenthood, hey?!

Love, Jess x

 

Post written in collaboration with Baxi.

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