Netatmo Thermostat Review
Netatmo is a French company that was founded in 2011. It specializes in connecting household objects (IoT) and has four products, a weather station, thermostat, security camera, and a smoke detector. In this article, we’ll be focusing on the Netatmo thermostat.
What is the IoT?The Internet of Things is a system of connected devices which can communicate with each other, such as smartphones and wearable devices.
Pros and Cons
The Netatmo was voted the Best Buy by Which? In 2018 in the smart thermostats category. It’s not quite as space-age in appearance as other well-known smart thermostats, such as the Nest thermostat for example, but it does have a smooth streamlined unobtrusive style. The display is electronic ink, and as such has a matte anti-glare finish, like a Kindle ebook reader.
You can also choose from five colours which colour you’d prefer the accent outer casing to be (normally transparent).
The main features of this thermostat are:
- Set up a 7-day heating schedule
- Control your heating remotely
- Track your consumption with monthly usage reports
- The Netatmo will inform you when its batteries are low or there is an issue with your heating system.
The Netatmo thermostat is compatible with Alexa, Apple and Google Home devices.
Disadvantages that users have mentioned include that there is no geofencing integrated into the Netatmo thermostat offering, so that heating can automatically be turned on or off when family members leave or return. As with many other thermostats, the Netatmo is also heating-only and cannot be used to regulate hot water.
The display can also sometimes be hard to see as it is not backlit.
Energia and Netatmo
Netatmo has partnered up with Energia to enable customers to avail of the Netatmo Smart Thermostat for free, including installation, when they sign up to an Energia new customer offer. Note that you can also purchase the Netatmo through Energia directly, without signing up to a new energy plan, but at €249 and one of the most expensive prices in Ireland, we really don’t see why you would.
Customers who sign up for a 12-month contract with Energia for electricity, or dual fuel, will qualify for the Energia Netatmo offer. Unfortunately, at the moment the offer does not apply to gas-only sign-ups.
How do I buy the Netatmo through Energia?
Simply call Energia customer services or enquire online and an agent will contact you.
How much does the Netatmo cost?
In Ireland, you can purchase the Netatmo smart thermostat from the following retailers.
Prices shown are not including delivery - and remember that you may need to pay to get the Netatmo installed. If you have been with your energy provider for twelve months or more and you’re looking to purchase the Netatmo. we would suggest getting the Energia Netatmo package and saving yourself both money and hassle.
That way you could save hundreds of euros by getting the Netatmo thermostat free-of-charge, as well as receiving free installation, and paying a lower rate on your electricity and/or gas.
We strongly recommend that before proceeding to buy the Netatmo, you check to see if it is compatible with your household using the online compatibility tool.
How long does it take to install the Netatmo?
Installation is very simple and should only take around 30 minutes when installed by a professional. If you’re aiming to install it yourself, we recommend you check out these videos of how to install it to see whether you may be out of your depth.
As you do have to open up your boiler, we would still recommend having a professional carry out the installation.
Netatmo Energy is the name of the app you can download from both the Google Play store and the Apple Store. It is the backbone of the Netatmo offering as the full functionality of the Netatmo thermostat can only really be accessed through the app.
The Energy app is the tool you need to be using to access the majority of the Netatmo Smart Thermostat functionality - the thermostat control is only for viewing the set temperature, current temperature and boosting the temperature when needed.
The app is highly rated, at 4.5 stars out of 5 from 8373 votes.
With the app, you can:
- View graphs to track and moderate your heat consumption
- Schedule heating and change the temperature
- If you have Smart TRVs (Thermostatic Radiator Valves), you can use the app to set or manually boost temperatures on a room by room basis or in the entire home at once.
There are two additional functions of the Netatmo thermostat which you could find really useful in the app: the Auto-Adapt function and the Open Window Detection function.
The Auto-Adapt function will use the outdoor temperature and your home’s insulation to adjust when your heating needs to switch on.
If you have Smart TRVs, the Netatmo Energy app will be able to detect when a window is open using the Open Window Detection function, and switch off the heating in that room to avoid wasting energy.
What is a Smart Thermostatic Radiator Valve (Smart TRV)?A smart thermostatic radiator valve is a device that attaches to your radiator instead of a normal temperature valve, allowing your heating system to then be controlled through apps. Smart TRVs allow you to control your heating by zones, rather than heating the whole house to the same temperature.