People with mobility or memory needs to stay warm during winter with smart home heating system
A new multi-room system allowing people to change the temperature of individual rooms has been launched by Drayton to help those with mobility or memory difficulties manage individual room temperatures and energy use.
Wiser allows users to create up to 16 individual heating zones, each with a different room temperature to suit their needs.
Controlled via a smartphone app or smart voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, Wiser eliminates the need for users to reach down and twist radiator valves to make temperature adjustments.
Heating programmes and room temperatures can be viewed and changed via the app, which can be helpful for those with memory or mobility-related conditions.
Relatives or carers can also monitor and adjust the temperature in an individual’s property by logging into the Wiser account and viewing the status from outside the property. This can be especially important during the colder months, when people may forget to heat their home adequately or struggle to operate their devices.
Additionally, the multi-room system can be integrated with IFTTT (If This Then That) for features like geofencing, which allows users to set the heating to turn off when the last family member heads out for the day and back on again when the first person returns home.
Working alongside existing heating systems, the Wiser system comprises a central room thermostat, heat hub and Red Dot award-winning radiator thermostats.
According to Drayton, using a multi-room system to control room temperatures can help reduce energy bills by approximately 20 percent compared with a smart thermostat system.
Mikael Eliaeson, Senior Product Manager for parent company Schneider Electric, commented: “Smart technology is revolutionising how we control different elements of our homes and the benefits can be especially marked for those with physical disabilities and conditions such as arthritis, which make manual control more challenging.
“The positive feedback we are already receiving from users living with conditions like Motor Neurone disease, for example, shows the dramatic improvements that technology like Wiser can have in improving people’s lives.
“With Wiser, we have combined our engineering team’s exceptional experience and knowledge of home heating with the very latest smart technology to create a system that makes room-to-room temperature control an easy and affordable reality.”
Notably, the heating system is buildable, meaning additional radiator thermostats can be installed in more rooms over time.
With over 60 years’ experience, Drayton is a specialist in the UK domestic heating market, manufacturing its products in Plymouth.