Everything You Need To Know About – Tado°
If you’re a regular visitor to the blog, you’ll know that we love to shout about new things when they land in our store – almost as much as we love radiators, towel rails and shouting about things in general.
From the latest coloured designer radiators by Milano Heating to Cosytoes underfloor heating collection, this year has seen some pretty snazzy stuff make its way through the doors of our warehouse and into your homes.
However, as brilliant as some of the year’s new products have been, we make no apology for the fact that we are a little more excited right now than at any other time, as we can finally announce the arrival of Tado° smart heating products at BestHeating.com.
Tado° – Smart Energy Management
As you probably already know, there’s a whole host of smart home heating technology on the market, but as our name suggests, we only ever look to provide the very ‘BEST’ heating solutions – and Tado° smart thermostats and radiator valves are no exceptions.
Consistently voted amongst the most reliable, popular and easy-to-use smart heating products, Tado° have been making waves for some time now, so you can see why we might get a bit excited.
But who are they?
What do they want?
And why should you bother?
Tado° began back in the autumn of 2010, working to optimise how buildings consume energy and looking at ways they could improve it by developing heating controls that adjust to the demands of the people using those buildings.
It is Tado°’s belief that we can all live comfortably – warm, cosy and happy – and still act in a responsible way, by not letting our home’s heating run unchecked and around the clock whether we are at home or not.
With a third of the world’s energy being consumed by the heating and cooling of buildings – and with much of that energy being taken up by controls that are becoming increasingly outdated – it is Tado°’s mission to ensure that none of that energy is wasted by investing and developing state-of-the-art, intelligent SMART technology.
And boy have they been developing!
DID YOU KNOW? – SMART stands for “Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology”.
Say Hello To Tado°
We’ve been waiting quite a while now to get our mitts on some sleek smart heating tech and finally, it’s here – but what Tado° products will you find in our store and how can they help you to make the most of your home’s heating?
Tado° Smart Thermostats
The Tado° smart thermostat features multi-room controls and an intelligent heating algorithm that will help to save you even more on the cost of your home or office heating than ever before – making life more comfortable and affordable.
Working in sync with the Tado° app and using your mobile phone’s location to take control of your heating, the Tado° smart thermostat will help to ensure that no energy is wasted – with Tado° claiming that it can help you to save up to 31% on your heating costs.
It could be a little bit scary though, as using the device does mean that you have to leave your heating switched on all of the time (a frightening prospect for the energy-efficiency nuts out there).
It might seem like a bit of an alien concept at first and could take a bit of getting used to.
We’re creatures of habit and tend to set our boilers, to come on and go off, using timers – particularly here in the UK – and if we get cold we go to the boiler or the thermostat to turn up the temperature.
Thanks to Tado°, you don’t have to worry about that, as the smart thermostat does all of the ‘thinking’ for you.
But here’s the really clever bit…
How Does The Tado° Smart Thermostat Work?
Using your mobile phone’s GPS (global positioning system), it will turn your heating down when you leave the house and warm it up again when it detects that you’re on your way home – the closer you get, the warmer it becomes.
The thermostat will also show you the energy you have been using in real-time and even adjust and adapt your home’s heating based on the weather forecast – helping to make use of the natural heat source of the sun to help save even more energy.
It’s also bright enough to understand that every home – and therefore every heating system – is different, and will learn and adapt over time the best ways of keeping you warm as efficiently as possible.
There’s also a function called ‘Open Window Detection’, which is ‘smart’ enough to recognise a drop in the temperature or humidity of a room.
So, when a window is opened, it will adjust the temperature accordingly; in some cases, even switching the heating off entirely to help you to save money and energy.
You don’t have to leave it all to the thermostat though.
If you want to get involved you can download the Tado° app to your mobile device or personal computer and take control yourself.
The app will not only allow you to control the temperature in multiple rooms around your home – which is great if you’ve recently been involved in a ‘Thermo-spat’ – but it also gives you loads of information about how much energy your heating is consuming – and Tado° say that it will pay for itself within a year.
Pretty ‘smart’ I’m sure you’ll agree.
Check out this cool graphic that we stole from the Tado° website that explains a little more about the features the system has for you to play around with.
Tado° Smart Radiator Thermostats
Working in the same way as the smart thermostat, Tado° smart radiator valves use the location of your phone to control a room’s radiator – turning the heat down when nobody is home and raising the temperature when it detects that the same person is on their way back again.
It works with the Internet Bridge and smart thermostat starter kit and allows you to control the temperature in different rooms, with multiple radiators, independently of one another – creating an even heat and level of comfort right throughout your home.
Install the app on your phone and you can even turn the heating up or down wherever you might be and the fun doesn’t stop there.
How Does The Tado App Work?
The Tado° app works in much the same way as any other app would do – in that you download it to your phone and away you go.
Perhaps a better question would be: What does the Tado° heating app do?
Alongside telling your smart thermostat how far away from home you are and providing you with a detailed overview of how hard your heating is working, the Tado° app has a number of other functions that allow you to take back control and make the best use of your heating.
It wants energy efficiency to be your thing!
Provided you have the required number of Smart Thermostats, you can control the temperature in the various rooms (or zones) of your home by simply swiping left or right on your mobile device and making the changes.
You can set the usual times that you wake up and go to bed – which can be different every day (and much later on the weekends and the morning after the night before).
If you feel that the heating is coming on too early you can make the changes that want by just visiting the settings in the app – again with a simple flick of the finger on the app screen.
The really cool bit is that it’s not just your heating that you can control in this way.
In the average home, hot water production can account for about 15-20% of your total heating bill.
With a Tado° extension kit, you can control how much hot water your boiler produces, through a variety of features and interfaces.
Via your mobile or desktop web app you can manually control your hot water wherever you are and – as with your heating schedule – you can set a hot water schedule to fit your day.
All it needs to do now is make a brew, put the kids to bed and maybe fill in for you at work a few days a week and life will be complete.
Does Tado° Work With Other Smart Home Devices?
Smart homes are the next big thing and Tado° will be there at the forefront of controlling your home’s heating via a range of smart home devices.
It’s easy to connect your Tado° devices to other connected services and expand the capabilities of your home’s heating.
With an integration such as Amazon Alexa, you would simply have to say: “Alexa, set the living room temperature to 22 degrees”; and Tado° would spring into action and set the desired temperature as requested.
You really don’t have to lift a finger if you don’t want to.
But it’s not just Amazon Alexa that Tado° works brilliantly; it’s pretty much compatible with all the digital assistants and smart home integrations currently on the market, including O2 Home, IFTTT, Google Assistant & Apple Homekit.
Tado° Products At BestHeating
Here at BestHeating, we’re offering a range of smart solutions that will span the entire Tado° product range.
As well as the radiator thermostats and smart thermostats, we’re stocking a variety of Tado° bundles to help you to make the most of your home’s heating and create an environment fit for a futuristic smart heating king or queen.
As well as the single kits of the smart thermostat and smart radiator valves, there will be a selection of smart heating starter kits that feature the internet bridge, ethernet cables and connectors and everything you would need to get started on your journey to a smarter home.
It’s just a case of connecting the Internet Bridge to your WIFI connection and you’re away.
Click here to discover the entire range and find out how we can help you to introduce Tado° Smart heating to your home.
Or to open your mind and get a head full of advice about SMART heating solutions, check out our amazing ultimate guide on smart thermostats and controls, here.
Stay Safe & Happy (SMART) Heating.
John loves reading design blogs and bringing those ideas to the Advice Centre in his own inimitable style. When he isn’t writing copy, you’ll find him reaching out to industry experts to get the latest on all the heating news.