The era of the smart thermostat is here with Nest, Ecobee and Honeywell leading the charge worldwide. But there’s one type of connected home heating that’s been largely overlooked: radiators.
Of course, some of the Wi-Fi thermostats on the market today can work with select radiator units. The majority, though, are optimized for forced-air systems that rely on ducts to carry warm and cool air from a centralized source around your house.
Tado, a startup based in Munich, Germany wants to change that trend with its new Smart Radiator Thermostat exclusively for the European market, announced today at the IFA 2016 consumer electronics conference in Berlin.
Available now on Tado.com, the team will offer a Smart Radiator Thermostat Starter Kit for £179/€199 with two thermostats and one Wi-Fi hub, as well as standalone Smart Radiator Thermostats for £59/€79 a pop.
In addition to smartening up your radiator setup via a related app, Tado says its thermostats are also compatible with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, as well as IFTTT.
With HomeKit and Alexa, you can literally command your thermostat to do your bidding. Phrases like “Alexa, set the living room to 23 degrees [23 degrees Celsius converts to 73 degrees Fahrenheit],” and “Siri, switch on the A/C in the bedroom” give you even more ways to access your thermostat remotely. And with IFTTT, you can create a variety of custom automation rules linking your Tado Smart Radiator Thermostat with connected products from other manufacturers.
Tado told me it has no immediate plan to sell this thermostat or its new £199/€249 next-generation Smart Thermostat V3 overseas, but its Smart AC Control, announced at last year’s IFA show, is available in the United States.