Smart thermostat guide 2015 Last updated: August 2015 Contents Just click on a section to view it Smart thermostats - what are they? What benefits do they offer over traditional thermostats? The key players: Brought to you by tado° | Nest | Hive | Hive Active Heating 2 Cosy | Netatmo | Climote | Evohome SALUS | Owl Comparing the key players The SmartInstallers Club With Smart thermostats – what are they? Control heating remotely Learn heating habits Save money on energy bills Lets you know when there are problems with heating systems Interprets local weather data and reacts accordingly Use location technology to pre-heat homes for owners return Menu Back Next Provide analysis into energy usage • E asier to adapt to schedule changes – wi-fi connected means they can be changed remotely • B igger screens – no more squinting at a tiny LCD • D aylight savings is automatically updated • U ser friendly What benefits do they offer over traditional thermostats? • R eview energy usage – with in-depth statistics • C hange the heating without getting up – using the connected apps • P re-heat your home – before you arrive! • S AVE MONEY! – learning heating habits and analysing energy usage saves money on those increasing energy bills Menu Back Next Save money on energy bills The original system Active HeatingTM 2 Learn more Learn more Learn more Learn more Learn more Learn more Learn more Learn more Learn more Learn more Menu Back Next The key players tado° claims to save a family with 3 children £240* a year on heating bills due to increased efficiency tado° can be defined as a ‘truly smart’ thermostat, in that it offers significantly more than simply turning your heating on and off. It adjusts your homes temperature automatically, based on the external environmental conditions as well as your previous habits. It knows when the property is empty, leading it to lower the temperature, and then knows when people return, leading it to raise the temperature. Features: • Location based heating via mobile app • Hot water control (may require extension kit) • Weather forecast integration • Remote control via smartphone and web • Temperature report • Learning of home thermal characteristics for predictive control *Research by Popucus (Nov 2014) and Analytics of tado° customer base Menu Back Next Nest, acquired by Google last year, has been called a ‘learning thermostat’. It can intelligently optimise your heating system learning past behaviour. For example if you regularly turned your heating down when you left for work, and then back up when you returned home, Nest would recognise this pattern and enact it automatically. It also contains a motion sensor to identify when a house is empty and therefore doesn’t need heating. Menu Works with Nest – a partnership with 6,000+ devices that interact with Nest devices Back Next Features: • M otion sensor for detecting when your home is empty • U ses a single, optimised schedule created for the home • A djusts to your home and weather conditions • C ontrolled remotely via smartphone, tablet or desktop • E nhanced auto-schedule feature • C onnects with 6,000+ devices you use everyday • ‘Leaf’ feature encourages energy efficiency • Programmer, thermostat and frostat in one • P rovides energy usage reports Note: Nest doesn’t currently have a hot water solution. Hive from British Gas is a wireless thermostat that connects to the web so that you can control your heating and hot water system from anywhere, over the internet. It does so by communicating with a hub which plugs into your broadband router and a receiver installed near your boiler. Using the Hive Active Heating app, you can set schedules for your heating and hot water, get feedback on your energy usage and learn how to save money. Hive is more of a ‘connected thermostat’ and doesn’t offer the learning capabilities of the tado° or Nest. British Gas says customers could save up to £150 a year by using Hive Menu Back Next Features: • C ontrol heating and hot water remotely from your phone, tablet and laptop • G eo-location features alert you when you’ve gone out and left the heating on, but won’t change it for you (like tado°) • Automatic frost protection • See a home’s temperature history over time • T emperature alerts by email when the home reaches a set temperature New features added: • Entirely re-designed by entrepreneur Yves Béhar, of fuseproject • Heating boost function for up to 6 hours • More heating and hot water schedule flexibility • A holiday mode setting • Multi zone capability (coming in the Autumn of 2015) • Ability to add home-colour co-ordinated ‘surrounds’ to match your home with popular Dulux colours Active HeatingTM 2 Alongside their first wireless thermostat, British Gas have now released the Hive Active HeatingTM 2 product, promoting some new features such as a new ‘innovative’ design, a choice of colour provided by the Dulux range, a heating boost option and increased schedule flexibility. Still on the ‘connected thermostat scale’ the new Hive Active HeatingTM 2 unit also comes with a new Hive app that original Hive users will be able to download to access the new features too. Multi zone will now be available with Hive Active HeatingTM 2 in the Autumn Menu Back Next Features: • Remote control via smartphones and tablets • Offer smart plugs for electrical device control within the same app • 4 heating modes • Portable, flexible and mobile • Controls heating based on the temperature of the room you’re in • Multi-user – allowing the whole family to take control • Multi-fuel compatible Flexibility, efficiency, comfort and control Cosy is a smart home control system developed in Cambridge, UK by a company called Green Energy Options (GEO). Cosy is a portable wireless thermostat that simplifies heating controls. You and your family can control your home environment from the palm of your hand – whether you’re in, out or away. Cosy was funded on Kickstarter and being developed by a UK company is likely to be an interest to UK consumers. Cosy haven’t claimed any energy savings as yet, but do claim “With Cosy your heating works around you and for you – giving you and your family flexibility, efficiency, comfort and control.” Menu Back Next Netatmo claim the thermostat saves up to 25% of energy consumption and reduces carbon footprint for a home* Netatmo is a French company that has formerly been associated with a wireless weather station and a smart bracelet for regulating sun tans and avoiding burns, but has now entered the smart heating market. The Netatmo Thermostat for Smartphone by Starck claims to be the perfect balance between functionality and design and it allows you to control and monitor your heating anytime and anywhere using an app. The Netatmo thermostat aims to save you money and give you a more comfortable experience when it comes to heating. Menu Back Next Features: • Control heating remotely • S uper simple installation claimed • A utoAdapt® sets a program to reflect your habits • D ata graph displays past energy consumption • S imple and elegant design – minimalist design by STARCK with interchangeable colour designs *Source: ADEME 2012 Climote is billed as “The digital version of the time-clock on your wall”. So it essentially acts as a ‘connected’ way to remote control the timings of your heating and hot water from your mobile phone, via SMS and online using The Cloud service on the Climote website. Climote is similar to British Gas’ Hive device in that in allows you to control your heating remotely, but doesn’t have the learning capabilities like the Nest or tado° products. Features: • Simple, 30 minute installation • Digital, connected version of timer on the wall • For heating and hot water • Programme your Climote hub via The Cloud, the app or via SMS services • Unique in using SMS to control the heating You can reset, boost your heating or even turn on your hot water – from anywhere, even by SMS Menu Back Next Create and individually control up to 12 heating zones and hot water One of the most expensive solutions on the market, Evohome is a wireless multizoning system from well established heating products provider Honeywell. It allows you to create and individually control up to 12 heating zones and hot water. The zonal capabilities mean each room (zone) can be set to different temperatures depending on your preferences. As well as providing a new style ‘thermostat and control’ – Wireless Radiator Controllers provide an easy way of installing heating zones without draining down or disturbing pipes or décor. Remote access is provided via a tablet or smart phone. Menu Back Next Features: • C reate and individually control up to 12 heating zones and hot water • C ontrol via the colour touch screen or via the Honeywell Total Connect Comfort app • Easily upgradable to add new zones • D ifferent colour programmable thermostats available The SALUS iT500 internet thermostat is another ‘connected device’ that allows you to control your heating and hot water from anywhere on your smartphone or PC. The internet thermostat is one of their newest product in a large range of heating components and controls. SALUS don’t class the iT500 as a ‘Smart’ thermostat as it doesn’t have the ability to learn your heating habits or have advanced functions such as geo-location, unlike the tado° device. SALUS don’t claim any energy saving figures, simply the ease of use and convenience of controlling your heating wirelessly. App available for iOS and Android Menu Back Next Features: • Access and control heating and hot water via the internet • Compatible with a PC or smartphone • Secure system and energy efficient • Easy to install thermostat and wireless connectivity • Optional two zone heating with the additional iT300 sensor (sold separately) • 3 system configurations 1) Central heating only 2) Two central heating zone (remote sensor required for second zone – sold separately) 3) Central heating + hot water Features: • Control heating and hot water remotely from the OWL intuition app from your phone, tablet and laptop • Copy patterns to different days • Create holiday dates to ensure the system doesn’t run whilst you’re away • Fine tune your system for maximum energy efficiency using the versatile graphing facility • Multi-zone heating and hot water capabilities with up to 4 zones supported • The OWL Intuition system has at it’s heart the Network OWL Gateway unit. Allowing you to connect further OWL devices and sensors in the future for further home automation and monitoring OWL intuition also has smart electricity monitors to extend the system with further wireless capabilities OWL are a UK based company manufacturing wireless energy monitoring and control products. Their smart heating controls are based around their ‘OWL Intuition’ cloud software platform and are very much on the ‘connected thermostat’ scale rather than a truly smart thermostat. You are able to control all your heating schedules from within the Intuition app using an online calendar. The dashboard shows current temperature, allows you to boost the system or put it in stand by, and of course see what is going on using the graphing facility. Allowing you to fine tune the system for maximum efficiency and therefore make very significant fuel savings. Menu Back Next tado° Hive Nest Original Active HeatingTM 2 Cosy Netatmo Climote Evohome SALUS OWL Using smartphone location to control heating automatically Schedule Save energy based on weather forecasts Saves energy by adapting to the home Compatible to analog low voltage and digital interfaces Hot water control With extension kit With hot water kit Energy usage analysis Limited TBA Not available in the UK Air conditioning product Smartphone compatibility Recommended retail price £199 £179 £199 (+ £70 installation) £249 (incl. installation) TBA £149 £299 £249 ‘Connected’ base pack £199 £259.95 (For heating and hot water product) Comparing the key players Menu Back Next SmartInstallers Club – why sell smart thermostats? Benefits to you as a business 40% 30% 1st In a trial, 60% of customers who bought a new boiler installation also wanted a smart thermostat installed. The SmartInstallers Club gives you access to market leading technology, training to help you sell and support the products with hefty discounts and benefits. Benefits to your customers of consumers would buy a smart thermostat if it could save 25% off their energy bills Up to 25% savings on household energy bills of consumers believe that smart thermostats are the future for heating as they mean reduced energy bills Simple to use – smartphone ready and will learn customers’ habits class support - membership of the club backed by the UK’s leading Home Emergency business Remote control – no need for customers to be home to control their heating reducing energy bills for customers makes happy customers, happy customers share your story Valuable insight – into how they use their energy, even more opportunity for cost savings Menu Back Next Get a FREE smart thermostat with your first order and SmartInstallers Club – why join? 25% OFF Simply visit smartinstallers.co.uk to register your interest in the SmartInstallers Club. We’ll contact you with more information. 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