Eve Adds Thread Support to HomeKit-Enabled Thermo Smart Radiator Valve
Eve today released an update to its latest version of the Eve Thermo that adds Thread support to the HomeKit-enabled smart radiator valve (via HomeKitNews).
The update fulfills a pledge the German company made late last year to bring Thread support to several products, and follows its inclusion in devices like the Eve Energy Smart plug (fourth generation), Eve Aqua (second generation), Eve Weather, and Eve Door & Window (third generation).
As a quick explainer, Thread is a low latency and low power mesh-like network for smart devices. Unlike Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the Thread standard doesn't depend on a router or hub. Instead, the smart device itself extends the network by talking to other Thread-enabled devices, thereby boosting the signal between them.
Apple's HomePod mini and the latest Apple TV 4K act as Thread border routers, and by adding Thread-supported devices around the home, users can typically expect improved connectivity compared to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, a wider control range, and more remote scheduling options.
In related news, version 5.3 of the Eve app adds support for its upcoming HomeKit-enabled MothionBlinds, which are expected to launch sometime this year.
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sounds like new hardware but update is vague especially in this context.
As an aside, that's a pretty terrible publicity shot for that valve.... it looks huge and sticks out really far. Begging to be bumped into. Not a good advert and would certainly put me off purchasing.
basic wired room stats are on / off (you can usually hear them click as the relay completes the circuit). A smart room stat that can talk to the trv’s can do that.
effectively in an ideal world you need an integrated system with trv’s and a boiler controller.
tado, hive, Honeywell, netatmo and many others can do that.
if you have an ebus compatible boiler it’ll enable more granular control of your heating Including weather compensation which basically tells the boiler to use lower power settings as less rad heat is needed when outside temp isn’t too far off the desired internal temp.
only some smart stats will modulate via ebus, tado with Vaillent requires an older wiring centre plus tado need to make a change on your account to support it.
it’s all hacky.
vaillant ambisense would likely work best if you could find it and an installer to fit it.
There are lots of reviews ('https://www.theheatinghub.co.uk/smart-radiator-valves-product-and-compatibility-guide')
if you have a basic on/off stat then it might be worth the upgrade,
if you have a modulating controller/ stat then just put that in your coldest room and adjust your existing basic trv’s to a comfortable temp, they will shut off when ideal temp reached and the stat will tell the boiler to fire when the coldest room wants heat.
lastly, most heating systems need at least 1 rad with no tr, that should be your coldest room that you put the stat in.