Climote Thermostat Review
Interested in buying a Climote heating control, or not willing to commit to a wireless thermostat just yet? In this series of articles investigating smart thermostats in Ireland, we’ve dug down deep to find out about the pros and cons of the Climote, and the best Climote deals and reviews. Read on to find out more.
If you do opt to invest in a Climote, parting with your cash might be made easier with the knowledge that Climote is an Irish company. Climote has beaten out the Google Nest offering on several occasions, to win several important contracts.
About the Climote wireless thermostat
The Climote wireless thermostat is, well, a thermostat without wires. Sounds a bit obvious, but what else can it do and how does it work?
Advantages of the Climote thermostat
The Climote thermostat is being marketed as enabling you to:
- Save money on your gas and electricity bills
- Remotely control the temperature of your home
- Control your hot water and heating
- Turn off the heating when you’re not home
- Monitor your household’s energy consumption
Most of these functions are standard offerings with smart thermostats, but one does stand out; the hot water and heating control option. Not all smart thermostats enable you to regulate your hot water, oftentimes you have to buy a separate device for that, so this is a big plus.
It is also one of the few smart thermostats we have seen where the majority of its functionality can be accessed from the actual thermostat itself, and not just through an app. Scheduling your heating has some pretty comprehensive features where you can apply 5.day, 7-day- weekend or holiday schedules.
It is the only smart thermostat we currently know of that allows you to partially access it via text messaging, so no worrying about being unable to access your heating controls if you are out and about and having some internet issues with your smartphone. This is also a great option for people who may not wish to use or be comfortable with using smartphones.
It can also be integrated into homes with solar panels installed. Installation by a Climote endorsed-installer is also touted to take just 30 minutes and the Climote can also be controlled through Alexa. With quite an array of advantages, what possible disadvantages could there be to purchasing a Climote?
Disadvantages of the Climote thermostat
While there is no denying that the Climote heating control is a somewhat attractive beast, it is not exactly unobtrusive and is quite large in comparison to other smart thermostats. However, that may just be the price you pay for having more added functionality and interaction outside of just using the app.
The hot water control function is not compatible with electric water heating systems, so if you remove the big plus of being able to regulate your hot water temperature and consumption, the Climote can start to look a little pricey.
In addition, the app to control the Climote thermostat is only free for one year, after which you will have to start coughing up €19 annually if you wish to keep using it. While €19 is not that expensive in general for anything thermostat-related, for an app, it really is.
Add to this the fact that there is no Google Home support, and you might need to weigh up your choices carefully when it comes to purchasing this thermostat.
As with most modern wireless thermostats, the app is a big draw, allowing users to boost heat before they arrive home on a cold day or keep an eye on their household’s consumption when away on holidays.
However, unlike other smart thermostats, where you can usually access your thermostat’s functions through just an app and maybe with an online portal thrown in if you’re really lucky, you can also turn your heating on or off via SMS.
The Climote app, named “Climote Remote Heating Control”, is available for Android mobiles and iPhones. You can also log in to the online Climote portal using the same login details that you do for your app.
The app had good reviews, but not great, on Google Play, with 3.3/5 stars, and just 2.2/5 on the Apple store, and has exactly the same functionality as the Climote web portal, without the web portal menu.
In the web portal menu you also have some additional functionality that is not included on the app, such as the ability to “white list” certain phone numbers so that they can turn on and off the heating via SMS.
You can use the app for:
- Boosting heating zones
- Editing heating zones
- Scheduling your heating
- Creating a holiday heating schedule
- Setting your temperature regulator
Taking a more detailed look at the reviews, the same issues seem to stand out consistently. Users have reported being dismayed that there is no Google Home support, that the app is extremely slow, and that having to pay for the app after one year of use and shelling out several hundred quid for the device is leaving a bit of a bad taste in customers’ mouths.
Absolutely shocking that the app is only free to use for one year. They start charging an annual free from the second year without even providing any new service! It makes no sense to pay a fee for a temperature control system after already spending money buying the system. Go with Nest! Don't consider Climote. Complete sham.
A Climote app user
Another dismaying point of having to pay for the app is that the number of negative reviews for the app increased from 2018 onwards and show no signs of improvement, so why should you start paying for an app (which is already showing issues) after one year when it doesn’t seem to be updated regularly and improved upon, or even debugged?
Positive app reviews have said that the app is straightforward and does exactly what it claims to do, albeit while freezing occasionally.
Straight forward Good app, does the basics and no more.
A Climote app user
Despite having been around for a few years, reviews of the Climote heating control are sparse and tend to be mixed in with reviews for the app. Some reviews available on Google spoke negatively of the product’s appearance but the majority were very positive, despite referring to issues with the app.
Reviews on Facebook have mainly centred on customers’ dissatisfaction with the app. It also appears that the Climote uses an outdated SIM system, instead of connecting to the WiFi like other thermostats, which is disappointing and has been remarked upon by customers as a disadvantage of the Climote.
Price: How much and where to buy
You can buy the Climote heating system directly from an online retailer, or take advantage of the Climote deals offered by SSE Airtricity and Electric Ireland. If you are out of contract with your current energy supplier, or about to finish your contract with them, we highly recommend taking advantage of the Airtricity or Electric Ireland deal.
Switching energy supplier is the best way to save money on your gas and electricity bills, so why not save money on a brand new smart thermostat into the bargain?
Buy the Climote thermostat directly
Note that if you opt for buying your Climote directly from a retailer, you will still need to organise installation. All prices shown below include one year’s free subscription to the Climote app (normally €19).
Unlike other smart thermostats, you cannot purchase the Climote heating control from Amazon and the other usual suspects. At over €100 less, it goes without saying that it looks like Davies is the better option for buying the Climote online.
Climote SSE Airtricity deal
SSE Airtricity’s thermostat packages are a bit different to the norm, and honestly it’s hard to see how any company could better them. New customers who switch to them for both electricity and gas, or for electricity only, can avail of a pretty impressive free smart home bundle. Included in the bundle is not only the Climote, but also a free Amazon Echo, and an Echo Spot.
That’s several hundred euro worth of free smart home products, and with 10% off your gas and electricity rates as well, sign us up now. Together with savings from the energy discount, the bundles are worth €656-€812.
If you’ve locked yourself into a twelve-month contract for your electricity and gas recently, and can’t switch to Airtricity to avail of the offers above, not to worry. SSE Airtricity also offers the Climote completely free of charge and with installation included, with every gas boiler service.
Servicing your boiler every 12 months is incredibly important, at €99 SSE Airtricity’s boiler service is on the higher end of service charges. But for a difference of €30, it’s surely worth it to get a free Climote worth €300.
Climote Electric Ireland deal
New Electric Ireland customers can avail of a massive discount (up to €299 off the recommended retail price) and nab a climote for just €90. To sweeten the deal, installation is also included, as is one year of free remote access (using the app) and a discount of 8.5% off your electricity and gas unit rates for dual fuel customers, and 5.5% off electricity rates for electricity only customers.
As with the majority of Irish energy suppliers, there is no smart thermostat deal available for gas only customers.