EvoHome From Honeywell Brings Smart Control to Home Heating

With a variety of manufacturers and service providers bringing new offerings to the market, Smart Home Heating appears to be creating a buzz here in the UK.

Whilst we’re yet to see the darling of the North American market, Nest, launch in the UK other manufacturers are preparing their assault on the connected home. As reported a couple of weeks ago, British Gas have launched a new brand to take advantage of the emerging need for smart home services and today, Honeywell have announced a new evohome product which promises intelligent control of your water and home heating and reduce your utility bills.

As Sonos does for audio, evohome does for heating – allowing you to create up to 12 zones in your house that can be heated independently via a wireless touchscreen thermostat and/or remote apps for iOS and Android devices. According to the company, upgrading a basic timer and a thermostat controls to evohome smart zoning can deliver up to 40% savings on heating your home.

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However, the intelligence doesn’t end there – based on your standard energy consumption and room temperature history, evohome’s radiator home kits can detect when a window is open in a room and shut down the heating in that zone to reduce energy consumption – with the option for the user to over-ride, obviously.

As you’d expect, that intelligence comes on top of more standard features which allow you to set temperature schedules and manage your heating remotely via phone or tablet – whether out of the home or simply away from the thermostat.

Arriving in January 2014, and coming in a range of colours the evohome Connected Pack, which includes an internet gateway, will be priced from £249. Radiator zone kits will be sold separately, to allow as many or as few zones as you require, and will be priced at £77. For details on the product and recognised installers, check out the Honeywell website.

 

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  1. Pleased to see an independent advocate of this system. The media is full of “higher domestic energy bills” news – everyone crying out for cheaper gas/oil etc, but no mention of how to make your home just as comfortable but use A LOT less fuel, apart from the usual ‘insulate, insulate, insulate’ advice. I had the original EvoHome fitted last year and my gas bill has dropped by 58%, yet our house is warmer and more comfortable.
    To be honest, I think Honeywell do a poor job advertising it. They use geeky language and fail to talk about the real everyday benefits to end users.
    For example, with traditional thermostatic controls on your radiators, all rooms are being heated whilst your boiler is burning. People generally set them so the bedrooms, bathrooms, hall etc are at a lower temperature than the main living area… but this means your bedrooms are still being heated during the day!!
    With EvoHome, our bedroom rads are OFF all day. We haven’t spent money on EvoHome radiator controls for our bathroom and cloakroom – we still have those on traditional thermostatic valves. Our childrens’ bedrooms are programmed to come on shortly before their bedtimes (different for the different ages)as is our bedroom – at which time the living area radiators have automatically been switched off. The added benefit here is that at bedtime, the living area is still warm enough even though the radiators are ‘off’, and the boiler is diverting all its heat to the bedrooms making them very comfortable for going to bed – they heat up so quickly.
    The system ‘learns’ how long it takes for individual rooms to warm up and cool down and after a few weeks there is never a difference between ‘measured’ and ‘desired’ temperature.
    The controller has, in addition to a ‘7 day’ program, the ability to set several ‘special days’. Our normal program heats the house from 4pm through to 10:30pm on weekdays and from 7am to 11pm at weekends. Childrens’ bedrooms have different heating times weekdays and weekends too. Bedroom temperatures are set at 18.5, living areas at 20.5.
    We also have a ‘half-term’ option for when we are all at home more, and a ‘Xmas’ program for when we are all at home and have guests in spare rooms. The programmer also ensures that in the depths of winter no room gets below 15 – so when the heating comes on, the rooms are quickly up to temperature. Hot water is easy to control too. If we’re all away for several days in the winter, we set the system to frost protect mode, and the house never falls below 8. We can also set it to start normal heating 12 hours before we are due to return.
    Any downsides? Well the radiator controllers make a little whirring sound from time to time – but it’s not at all intrusive. You do need to make the effort to familiarise yourself with the control panel – but it’s not difficult. I reckon the whole system – although expensive – will have paid for itself in about 42 months. We really struggled to find any installer prepared to fit this system for us. It seems plumbers and electricians just want to stick with the 20th century technology they are familiar with. In fact, I bought and installed the system myself, and only used the services of an electrician to wire the boiler and hot water wireless receivers.
    Our system is the ‘original’ EvoHome system. I understand a new ‘colour’ system with online features will be available in 2014.

  2. Andy, I couldn’t agree more. I installed Evohome over the summer and it works brilliantly using the same techniques as yourself. Couldn’t be more pleased. Chris

  3. This looks really interesting. Especially if the claims from the company (and the reviewer here) about savings are true. I am looking forward to seeing offerings from other companies arrive, and then the revised editions after. I would quite like to see a facility for connecting the controls up to a general computer/PC network/WWinServer setup though, and for control through the internet/remote access. My vision is to have heating and lighting and such all controllable that way (I know there are (pricey!) companies who can do a custom job though).

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