Now that the cold begins, how do you want to get home and find it warm. If you have a thermostat connected to make your heating smart, you have it solved, otherwise you have to trust that whoever gets home first turns it on for us. If you live alone or upgrade your boiler is not an option – for example because you live rented -, in this connected radiator buying guide you have an easy, fast and more affordable solution.
The difference compared to “normal” radiators: connectivity
The connected radiators are still heaters that use electricity to provide heat. In this sense, their differential feature is that they are equipped with connectivity, generally Wi-Fi.
Thanks to Wi-Fi we can pair it with our home router and thus, control it from your mobile through an application, which allows us to handle it while inside (something that a simple remote could do) or outside the home.
Regardless of the fact that it consists of an application, it is interesting that its interface is clear, easy to use and offers us the options we need. And of course, that it has frequent update support.
That is the basic, because if we are interested integrate it into the home automation of our houseIdeally, it should be compatible with the three main ecosystems, namely: Amazon’s, Apple’s, and Google’s.
So we can make them understand each other with other connected devices in our home, create routines or manage them with our voice through Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant.
How much heat does my room need?
Whether connected or not, When choosing the radiator it is important to know how much heat it is capable of providing, so that we can estimate if it is enough for the stay.
How much energy does it take to heat a room? Several factors influence here, such as the size of the room and its orientation, the level of insulation and the climatic zone where we are.
Although in the Technical Building Code coefficients and calculations are complicated, to approximate it at the domestic level we can use the following formula:
Power (W) = Dimensions x Orientation x Insulation x Climate zone x 85
Dimensions refer to square meters of surface, assuming that the ceiling height is less than 2.5 meters.
For orientation We will use the following coefficients: east (1), west (1), south (0.92) and north (1.12)
To know the degree of insulation The ideal is to have the energy certificate of the house, something that we do not always have. A good insulation (double window and double partition) we will use a coefficient of 0.93, medium insulation (single window and double partition or double window and single partition) corresponds to 1 and if we have a single window and partitions, it will be considered uninsulated. , so a 1.1 will correspond.
- For the climatic zone We will use the map that we find in the Basic Document on energy saving of the Technical Building Code, where we find five zones: A (Zone = 0.88), B (Z = 0.95), C (Z = 1, 04), D (Z = 1.12) and E (Z = 1.19).
If, for example, you want to heat a room facing south, with good insulation and an area of 20 square meters in Pamplona, we would need 20 x 0.92 x 0.93 x 1.12 x 85 = 1,629 Watts.
Of course, this calculation allows us to approximate calorific needs, but we must take into account that the radiator performance is between 70 and 85%.
Cecotec Ready Warm 6720
The Cecotec Ready Warm 6720 (88 euros) is a very interesting electric heater for performance, design and cost. With 1500W of power, it is capable of heating rooms of up to 15 square meters, something you can do from its intuitive controls or the application.
It is programmable and comes with a child lock system and against overheating. It is covered in an attractive black tempered glass, which gives it a minimalist look and since it is thin, you can hang it on the wall. Thanks to its IP24 certification, you can place it in humid environments such as the bathroom.
With a minimalist design with glass coating reminiscent of the previous one, this electric heater from Gridinlux (137 euros) has a power of 2000W to cover, according to the manufacturer, about 20 square meters.
It can be controlled from its touch screen or from the app, alternating between the two powers or programming. It is also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. It is resistant to splashes and humidity (IP24).
If you want to heat a small room even if you are not at home, this Purline model (139 euros) is a candidate to consider. Suitable for hanging on the wall or moving on the floor thanks to its wheels, it is IP24 certified to leave it without fear in the bathroom.
With a very intuitive panel and an app to install on a mobile or tablet to turn on or off, program, lock or switch between 500 or 1000 watts of power.
With a design with a retro point, this UFESA oil radiator (128 euros) stands out for its power of 2500W. It is bulky, but has wheels to move it from one place to another. You can use it from your mobile or its touch panel. It has three power levels to adjust it between a temperature of 5 and 35 degrees, a 24-hour timer and a safety switch.
Orbegozo RRW 2000
With ten units of heating elements and suitable for hanging or leaving on the floor, the Orbegozo RRW (193 euros) is available in different power versions that reach 2000 W.
In addition to turning it on and off or programming, it comes with an open window detection system, child lock, and a total disconnect switch. The most basic options are on the panel or on the remote, accessing the full menu from the app. And if you have a home connected with Alexa or Google Assistant, it is compatible with both assistants.
ADAX Neo Smart WiFi
Available in two colors and with a very elegant way to hang on the wall, this splash-proof ADAX (217 euros) is available from 400 to 2000W of power, which in the latter case theoretically allows heating rooms of up to 25 square meters.
With discreet control on an edge or from the app, it has a 24-hour and 7-day timer and digital thermostat to turn it on when and up to the temperature you want, with open window recognition, child lock, protection against overheating and supports humid environments. With 5-year warranty
IKOHS EMITERM 2000W
This IKOHS radiator (223 euros) stands out for its calorific power and versatility of use. It is available in 1200 and 2000W versions, the latter depending on the manufacturer with the potential to heat rooms of up to 25 square meters.
You can operate it from the panel on the heater itself, remote control and mobile app to turn it on / off, set the timer, set modes and lock it
Although it comes with legs to put it on the ground, it is slim and can be hung on the wall. It comes with two power modes to cover from 16 to 40 degrees and has safety systems, to prevent overheating or use by children. With 12 heating elements, it is made of aluminum.
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