Heat Genius: Intelligent Heating Controller with Z-Wave

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Heat Genius have recently launched their new intelligent domestic heating controller. They say that heating accounts for 66% of household energy usage (an average bill of £750 per year for every home) and according to a study by Microsoft and Lancaster University an intelligent heating controller can save up to 35% of a UK home’s heating bill compared to a dumb thermostat.

The system centres around the £249 Genius Hub which includes everything you need to be able to control your heating from your phone.

In addition the £49.99 Radiator Valves are used to zone your heating system and the Room Sensors (also £44.99) are used to give you smart control of each room so the Genius Hub can learn when you use the rooms and automatically build a heating schedule for you.  These PIRs use Z-Wave and HG say this means they will be able to incorporate support for new products into the Genus Hub in the future.

Heat Genius claim their system is the first “that learns when to turn on the radiator in each room of your house ready for when you come in, and to turn it off when you leave.”  We asked them what aspect of their learning system was new compared to other heating controllers and they told us…

The Genius Hub is the first to take ‘Smart’ technology to the next level as it offers the automatic turning on and off of rooms within a house, rather then just the house as a whole.

On the subject of integration Heat Genius told us they have already written an API and are waiting for the right partner to work with.

The Heat Genius is manufactured in England and is available to buy exclusively from their website.  Check out the video, links and exclusive photos of all the hardware below…

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7 Responses to “Heat Genius: Intelligent Heating Controller with Z-Wave”

  1. Sounds interesting… has anyone tried this yet?

    I gave them a call yesterday as there’s limited info available- one concern is that it’s a “packaged” product and worried that my slightly erratic living schedule is not easily accommodated!

    Torn between this and the new Evohome

  2. I like the idea of what they are doing here. Not sure I want a PIR in every room.

    I wonder if the have designed their own gateway hardware or is that a Raspberry Pi hiding in that case?

  3. PIRs require movement so are incompatible with teenagers…

  4. I too am very interested in this system or the Honeywell Evohome.
    I’m unsure about the PIR sensors in each room although they are pretty small and I can’t see another way of it knowing when you are using a room.
    I also like the idea of it learning your patterns, like the Nest thermostat.
    Something that could swing me towards the evohome is that it has a nice touchscreen for the same price. This is the one thing the Heat Genius is lacking – good looks.

  5. Well a few weeks in and my new heating system is working a treat! I have 10 rooms fitted with valves and PIR’s and I can already see a difference in the way we use the heating, I work from home so like my office nice and warm, so before I would have the central heating on all day heating all the rooms when there was usually just me in the house! What a waste of gas! Now with the new system the bathrooms and bedrooms are warm when we get up in the morning and at nine o clock every radiator except my office and the kitchen turn themselves off (The dogs live in the kitchen and I need it warm when I make a cup of tea don’t I). At 15:00 if the kids bedrooms are below the temp we have set (the PIR’s are temp sensors too you see!) the radiators turn on to bring them up to temp so it’s the right temp for homework (no more “It’s too cold” excuses) Other rooms heat up as programmed as we would usually use them (bathrooms, Dining room etc.) but the clever part is once the rooms are up to temp the valves close off again maintaining the actual temp we have set not just relying on our old thermostat in the hallway (which got used as an on/off switch).
    Couple of niggles with the system, being zwave I thought my existing Homeseer install would have 20 new devices to play with, unfortunately not, this is a completely separate network so no visibility from homeseer (but I understand there is development work to allow this to be integrated), also a couple of dead spots in the house for zwave (it’s quite a large house) but a zwave repeater was shipped out next day and that was solved (great customer service by the way, new company so very quick to jump on any issues).
    All in all I am very pleased with the install; it’s the way I have wanted my central heating to work for years.
    Yes I too love the look of the snazzy Nest thermostat but at the end of the day all that can do is turn the whole house on or off.

  6. I think these heating controllers sound fantastic! It would be so handy to only heat those rooms that are being used (hardly anyone goes into our spare room or laundry, so being able to shut them off would be fantastic) and also to turn the heating on so that the house is toasty when you get home (no more running from the bathroom to bed with ice blocks for feet!).

  7. Looks very interesting, I would be interested about intergration with something like fibaro