I got a display of the Climote at the Electric Ireland at the Ideal Home, and I want to buy one but the discounted price of €199 doesn't seem to be available, that was mentioned at the show? Can you help?
Yes, to adjust the temperature to different levels for different rooms (to use your example, 20°C in some and 16°C in the bedroom of the person you least like ) it would be necessary to have a multizonal heating system already installed.
The climote is essentially an advanced time switch with a built-in thermostat that can be controlled remotely through a digital device, be it a smart phone/normal mobile (via text)/tablet or desktop computer. It would typically replace time switches.
It works best if you have a multizone system but it's not quite as advanced as you think.
There is a thermostat with it and you can place that in any room in the house but it is wired into the Climote. As a result, mine is in the kitchen where the boiler and Climote are.
The Climote can control up to three zones - typically hot water, upstairs and downstairs.
It won't control radiator thermostats at all.
What you can do is control it so your hot water heats up at one time, your upstairs heats up later in the day and your downstairs heats up earlier etc etc....
It works just as well if you have only one zone. My house is a one zone system and the Climote works fine for it.
You can have up to three time zones for each controlled zone each day.
You can also programme (I think) up to seven different schedules, e.g. winter holidays, winter, summer, spring etc.
In the future, they say they will have wireless thermostats that will be able to communicate with the Climote and then you'll be able to control each room's temperature individually from the panel.
It's not a bad system. Will it save you money? I doubt it will save you a bucketload but it's a nice system and it's great to be able to boost your heat if you're snuggled up in bed or lounging on the sofa by using your phone or tablet or laptop....
The annual fee is actually a remote access fee which is €36 per year. It is for keeping the sim card within the unit activated.
If a customer does not wish to pay this after the free period expires, they can still use the unit but without the facility of remote access.
Just to confirm the cost: It is either €299 (RRP €399) (first year's remote access is fee-free) for any customer, or for billed customers: €29 per bill over two years (first two years' remote access is fee-free).
In terms of savings: pilots conducted have yielded a saving of up to 20% on heating.