EDF Unveils New Smart Heating System

Energy company EDF has become the latest to introduce a smart thermostat, the HeatSmart system, BusinessGreen has reported.

The firm has just unveiled the new smart system, developed by consumer electronics specialist Netatmo, which allows users to control their heating system via smartphones, tablets or computers.

The device will retail for £199 and is available to both EDF customers and non-customers. The price includes installation and a two-year product and one-year installation warranty.

The system features a raft of functionality, according to to the firm, including the ability to programme a weekly routine into the app and an auto-adapt function designed to optimise the heating of the building.

Noeleen Keane, manager of technical development at EDF Energy, commented: "We all know that life doesn't run on a timer, so our heating systems should have the same flexibility. HeatSmart keeps heating systems on track - even if plans change last minute - taking away the worry of wasting energy and money when you're not at home."

Smart thermostats allow people to automatically turn off boilers or lower heating levels when they are away from the building and are designed to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions. This latest development by EDF is another sign that competition in the smart building controls market is intensifying, says BusinessGreen.

In developing the smart system, the energy company joins British Gas and Npower, which have developed respectively the Hive smart thermostat system, and the "learning thermostat" (developed with smart device specialist Nest).