Smart radiator thermostats increase comfort and can even save you money. We will tell you about low-cost thermostats that are configured in a classic way or thanks to Bluetooth and WLAN modules can be easily controlled via a smartphone and even integrated into the Smart Home system. Some thermostats can also be controlled using voice commands – via Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Google Home (Assistant).
Controlling heating via a smartphone is easy, as modern thermostats for heating radiators are not only quickly installed, but also serviced using applications and automated. We will present to your attention suitable heat regulators – from simple entry-level devices cheaper than 1000 rubles, to advanced devices integrated into the Smart Home system. Some of the thermostats are even controlled by voice commands, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home.
Classic: programmable thermostats for radiators
A classic among smart thermostats for radiators is a simple programmable controller, which can be found in online stores (ebay, aliexpress, amazon) at a price of 10 euros (from 700 rubles).
In such thermostats, as in other models presented here, standard batteries are usually used for installation, which, depending on the mode of operation and consumption of the device, last from about 6 months to 2 years. Thermostats are connected to radiators instead of conventional regulators, suitable adapters for various threaded connections often come with the device. Alternatively, there are models that do not replace a conventional regulator, but are installed “on top of it”. However, because of this, the appearance of the heating system suffers.
The disadvantage of inexpensive programmable thermostats for radiators is the setup process: you have to program the device for each day, setting your temperature settings for different hours of the day – because of the small buttons and somewhat confusing menu, this is a dubious pleasure, especially if you have to program several such devices . The inconvenience can also be experienced when changing batteries, as some models lose all configured parameters and you have to start programming from the very beginning.
A typical representative of such regulators is the thermostat for radiators eQ-3 Model N, which costs more than 1000 rubles.
Programmable thermostat for radiators
- Affordable price
- Incomprehensible setting
- No remote control via phone
- Replacing the batteries in some cases can lead to a factory reset.
- Will have to wait for an order from abroad
Smart Entry Level: Bluetooth Controller
Visually and functionally, many thermostats for radiators with a Bluetooth module do not differ from classic programmable controllers, but the setting here is, of course, more comfortable: the smart controller is controlled simply through the application. Thus, you can quickly set up various heating “phases” – and even replacing the batteries will not have any effect on the operation of such a controller, since all parameters will be saved in the application, that is, on your smartphone.
Another advantage of such devices is the ability to quickly change the temperature manually or change settings through the phone without having to run to the thermostat. Of course, such regulators are a little more expensive than classic ones. For example, the same eQ-3 with a Bluetooth module costs twice as much as a “stupid” fellow. However, these thermostats are still cheaper than a complete set for a Smart Home system.
- Relatively inexpensive
- Can be controlled via smartphone
- Bluetooth has a limited range
- No online control
- Often not compatible with Smart Home systems
Radiator thermostats with Smart Home functionality
The royal class is Smart Home: such thermostats for radiators can be controlled and adjusted remotely. In addition, it becomes possible to combine regulators with other devices in the system. For example, a contact sensor on a window connected to a thermostat will automatically turn off the heating as soon as you open the window. Some Smart-Home-systems can learn from the smartphone about the approach of the user and automatically launch certain programs when the owner returns home.
Thus, Smart Home systems are the most intelligent solutions presented here. A typical starter kit, as a rule, starts at a price of 10,000 rubles and, in addition to the main control unit for accessing the system, contains one or two thermostats for heating batteries, as well as window and / or door opening sensors and a motion sensor or radio-controlled socket. In addition to the high cost, such solutions have another drawback: there are currently a huge number of different systems that are fighting for the location of customers. Well-known manufacturers include Devolo, eQ3 (eg Homematic IP) as well as Bosch, Gigaset and many others. Startups can also be added here. Even Google has its Nest Smart Home line, and Apple, in the form of HomeKit, offers a platform to match. The management of these systems, although in details differs from each other, but in general, all of these manufacturers offer systems that are very friendly to novice users and compatible with a smartphone. Thus, any beginner in this business should cope with them.
Each of these systems, of course, has its own advantages and disadvantages, which attract attention, for example, the amount of functionality. Generally speaking, we recommend that you choose solutions that are as flexible as possible, offering the widest range of products and supporting multiple types of wireless communications.
SALUS xT500 thermostat is a wireless programmable electronic temperature controller with touch control, complete with an actuator
- Full integration into the Smart Home system
- Internet control
- Numerous combinations with window sensors and switches possible
- High price
We control heating through voice commands
Ideally, the user should not interfere with the operation of the Smart Home system, as it regulates itself automatically and responds to the inhabitants of the house. However, in practice, things practically do not go without manual access, and therefore the smartphone in most cases acts as an ideal remote control. But it would be better to say – acted. This is because voice assistants, such as Amazon Alexa (Amazon Echo / Echo Dot) or Google Assistant (Google Home / Google Home Mini), now do all this much easier and more convenient. It is enough to say the command “Alexa, adjust the heating to 21 degrees” or “Ok Google, turn on the light in the living room”, and the corresponding action will be immediately performed. At first it sounds more like fun, but who once used voice control for a long time, he no longer wants to give it up.
Smart Home Control Unit – Amazon Echo
In addition to voice control, there is another obvious, additional advantage: smart speakers from Amazon and Google allow you to combine different products from different manufacturers. Thus, it no longer matters which components you use – all devices will respond to your voice commands in the same way, if, of course, they support voice control at all.