Munich-based Tado has launched a smart thermostat controlled by smartphone for the European market.
Tado's home energy management system is iOS and Android app-centric, the wall unit has no dial, no sensors and only has minimal controls. The system knows users are present by tracking their geographic location via the smartphone app.
Says Tado, "It works like a personal heating assistant, helping consumers to cut
their heating costs by an average of 27%. To achieve this, the temperature of the home is adjusted precisely to the behavior of the residents - in a fully automatic process."
The automatic signals are sent based on the comings and goings of users. A signal is sent to the heating system to turn down the temperature when the tado° app on the phones of residents detects when the last person has left the house. When one of the residents starts to head home, tado° reacts and warms up the house to the desired temperature.
The system also learns about all the significant ambient properties of a home in just a few days. For example, how quickly it cools down or how the sunshine influences the interior temperature. The information is used to develop control strategies that will bring about the desired temperature in the most efficient way possible.
The system can also take into account current weather forecasts. If the sun is going to shine the next day, tado° will automatically take this information into account and heat on a lower setting.