Many people will be familiar with the Drayton name in heating controls, the British manufacturer has been in the market for over 60 years.
Now they have taken the next step and launched a family of zoneable smart heating controls under the Wiser brand.
There are a number of components in the family which can be purchased as a kit or individually to grow and tailor your system:
- The room thermostat has a 2.4″ full colour display showing actual temperature, set temperature and humidity. It features capacitive touch buttons to boost or adjust the temperature. Powered by 2 AA batteries this device can be wall mounted or free standing.
- The Heat HubR interfaces with your boiler/valve controls. This device has been designed to fit the same wall plate as the majority traditional UK controllers, making fitting as simple as unscrewing the old controller and fitting the new one. It comes with 1, 2 or 3 channel options. An OpenTherm Module is also supplied to allow communication with compatible boilers.
- The Wiser radiator valve is a motorized smart valve that mounts on existing standard TRV valve body with a range of adapters available to suit the majority of TRV bodies. It can be adjust by simply twisting or via the app. It is powered by 2 AA batteries and has multiple sensors for high accuracy as well as open window detection and automatic valve protection runs to prevent valve seizing.
- The Wiser App gives control and oversight of the system from iOS or Android smart phones.
Not Another Smart Thermostat
There is no shortage of choice of Smart heating controls on the market so why would you consider a Drayton Wiser solution? On paper there are a number of points that distinguish it from the competition:
1. The solution is scaleable and can be tailored to a wide range of specific home setups. Not many other systems offer 3 channel control. Start with the right kit and then create up to 16 heating zones (individual rooms). Add up to 4 radiator thermostats and 1 room thermostat per zone up to a maximum of 32 devices in a system.
2. The cost of the components is very competitive. A Wiser Smart TRV is available for £35, compare that to many other systems and a device with similar function will cost £50-70. The three channel kit with two thermostats costs £200 and a room thermostat is £80.
3. The feature list is extensive and includes, OpenTherm boiler interface support, Eco Mode incorporating weather compensation and optimum stop, Firmware updates via the cloud, Operates as a Wi-Fi access point allowing local app access even without internet connectivity and works with Amazon Echo for voice control with other automation features in the pipeline (hopefully geofencing and IFTTT support?).
4. Drayton has a long and distinguished background in the heating controls market and as part of the €24bn Schneider Electric group have considerable resources to leverage. There is a good support via their website and a help desk available 7 days a week.
As part of the Schneider Electric group Drayton have access to industry leading security expertise. Schneider Electric established the Global Security Lab as an independent entity to ensure vigilance against the latest threats and enable defence against their systems from a cyber-attack.
Their advanced security systems, which operate between Wiser in-home products, App and cloud services, use the same encryption technology as banks to protect end-user data. The Wiser Heat App and all software are continually updated to stay ahead of any potential threats to security.
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