Re: Smart Thermostats
It learns how long your house takes to warm, and gets weather details from t'web so it knows if it's going to be a bit colder the next day
Hope it has a better forecast than round here. Local forecast can say 10C and sunny when it's actually snowing outside :)
and therefore comes on earlier. When you configure it you set a temperature/time setting, i.e. from 8am-8pm I want it at 23C. Then it will warm the house so it is ready at 23C for 8am, and then maintain that throughout.
But I dont want my whole house at 23C, that's a waste on days when I'm just going to work. I might want the bedroom at 12-15C overnight, brought up to maybe 20 when I'm ready to get up, and the bathroom at a cosy 24 so I can shower in comfort. During the week I'm fine with the living room making it to maybe 20 before I leave for work, the rest of the house I don't care about. Unless we have guests when the guest bedroom might need to be warmed up, but not so early because my Mum isn't going to be up early for work. At a weekend I may want the living/dining rooms at 21, kitchen at 20 but adjusted if the oven is on, etc.
In shoulder season I may only need the bathroom heated in the mornings, the rest of the house stays adequately warm, so no point in firing up the whole central heating for that, a mixed-mode electric/hot water towelrail radiator does the job, fed by the CH in winter and on a separate electric timer-driven circuit for spring/autumn.
I don't think that any sensibly priced and easy to configure automated system would ever get that right, and it's not an especially unusual set of demands.