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Honeywell Home HR924UK evohome Wireless Radiator TRV Heads Multi-Zone Kit for UK, White

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The starter kit shared here contains both a smart thermostat and radiator valve, you only need one thermostat per home so it’s easily expandable with additional radiator valves. If the Lyric T6R is currently following the schedule, you can manually override it by moving the temperature wheel at the bottom of the screen. Scroll down to discover the very best smart thermostats we’ve reviewed or head to our other guides for more advice on which smart home products are worth adding to your home, including the best smart plugs, the best smart lighting and the best smart speakers. Best smart thermostats at a glance

Those with rooms that are often not in use If there are lots of empty bedrooms during the school day, for example, or if the living room doesn't get used until the evening, smart valves can let you make sure those rooms aren't heated when no one is around. The Honeywell Lyric T6R is a simple thermostat, but we like the fact it isn't overcomplicated. It's functional, but in a good way.

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Whilst some smart devices work ‘out the box’ as long as you have an Echo Dot, Google Nest speaker or Apple HomePod, some smart home enthusiasts rely on a proper smart home hub to manager their smart home. Samsung SmartThings used to be the most popular type of smart hub, and there are two main smart valves that work fine with this hub: This works really well, and it’s a big step up compared to traditional radiator valves that are always open. The only things I lose with TRVs (compared to smart valves) are: Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRV’s) are found on individual radiators and can be used to adjust the temperature of each radiator. If you’re wondering what a smart radiator valve is (also known as a smart TRV), it’s the connected equivalent that allows the radiator settings to be controlled from a central app. This is useful for two reasons:

In short, if I didn’t have TRVs then I probably would go out and buy smart radiator valves. But since I already have thermostatic valves, I don’t see the benefit of upgrading to smart thermostatic valves. Recommended Smart Radiator Valves This is what I have in my house and most of my rooms are set to “4”, with some set to “3” if a particular room tends to get a little too hot.


All the smart radiator valves can communicate with the smart thermostat, meaning you can turn the boiler on and off by changing the settings of any of the heating devices. Out of our three home setups, this gives you the most complete control of your heating. There’s no built-in geofencing, so you can’t turn off your heating automatically when you go out. Alternatively, you can use IFTTT to adjust your heating automatically. Using the Life360 service, for example, you can turn off your heating when you go out and turn it on when you return. Honeywell offers a range individual radiator-valve thermostats, but the Lyric T6R is not compatible with any of them, meaning you’re limited to a single zone of control, rather than being able to control the temperature in different rooms independently. If you’ve been looking for a seamless way to potentially cut the costs in your home, you may want to consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. However, if you don't own a smartphone or don't like using one, you're unlikely to get the full benefit out of a smart radiator valve.

As a result if you have a Nest or ecobee thermostat, your only real options are to integrate them with your smart home hub and then buy a compatible smart valve. I’ve seen some valves that have HomeKit support, meaning that you could setup some custom automation routines that combine your smart thermostat and smart radiator valves. Yes this isn’t direct integration, but it’s still a big step towards a truly smart (and automated) heating system. This is disappointing, especially as there are other smart thermostats from Honeywell, like the Lyric, that have all these integrations (but don’t have the zonal control of the Evohome). Hopefully there will be an Evohome 2 at some point down the line that combines the best of both. This was something of a revelation when we got it to work. The apartment we were testing the Evohome in is one of those properties where every room is a different temperature, and what this means is that we always heat to the right level for the living room, but then go through to a cold bedroom. Not so with the Evohome – it was the first time since we moved in that the bedroom had been warmer than the living room. However, they are not always compatible with current and existing TRV’s due to cheap imports and different manufacturing standards. We also recommend that consideration be made to replacing TRV’s over 15 years old, as they may not function properly due to age which would prevent the evohome system from controlling the heating system correctly.

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There’s also a dedicated holiday mode where you input the dates you are away and the application can make sure your house is heated for your return, without using any unnecessary energy while you’re away - which all helps to reduce your bills. If you’re looking for a simple, smart upgrade to an existing dumb, wired thermostat, then this is a great choice. With some kits, you need to install a boiler link or replace your timer control panel – this may cause issues if you already have a smart thermostat We found the geofence feature worked well most of the time, but it will require a little more battery from your smartphone so it’s worth keeping an eye on your power level if you’re running low.

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