After launching its smart video doorbell last month, Netatmo is taking a second stab at the smart thermostat space. The French smart home specialist has unveiled the Smart Modulating Thermostat in the hope that it can take on industry giants like Nest, Hive, and Tado.
The Smart Modulating Thermostat has been designed for boilers using OpenTherm, a communications technology that allows central heating systems and thermostats to communicate with each other. OpenTherm provides much more precise control of the boiler, by continuously adjusting the boiler's water temperature set point.
The Smart Modulating Thermostat also enables users to set up a heating schedule so that it is in sync with their daily routine and manage their boiler when they‚Äôre not at home.
So, if you‚Äôre working a night shift in the cold winter months and want to turn on your boiler ready for when you get home, you can easily do this from Netatmo‚Äôs Home + Control app remotely.
But if you‚Äôd rather sit back and let your smart thermostat do all the hard work, that‚Äôs also an option with Netatmo‚Äôs new smart thermostat. It uses an intelligent Auto-Adapt feature to automatically make changes to your heating based on outdoor climate and various indoor attributes.
Netatmo says the device is suitable for all rooms in a house, and to give people a way to personalize their smart thermostat, the company is providing four colored stickers so it can be matched with different rooms.
When it comes to installing the thermostat in their home, users will need to contact a certified specialist to conduct this complex task. However, it should be pretty straightforward to find an expert to do this, as Netatmo offers a list of certified installers via its website.
If you own Netatmo‚Äôs Smart Radiator Valves, you‚Äôll be able to use them with the Smart Modulating Thermosart. This means you can control the heating in individual rooms throughout your house, remotely.
This isn‚Äôt the first time that Netatmo has launched a smart thermostat, having originally entered this area in 2013 with the help of long-time designer Phillipe Starck. He is also the design brains behind Netatmo‚Äôs latest attempt.
The Smart Modulating Thermostat is on sale now in the UK for ¬£219.99. It can be purchased directly from Netatmo‚Äôs official website, distributors and energy suppliers.
Netatmo says it isn‚Äôt compatible with US heating systems, and there‚Äôs no word on whether that might change anytime soon.