During harsh and cold winters, a responsible citizen is always in dilemma: Should I let the heating run at full power while no one is at home or bear the cold for some time after I arrive at home and start the heater? While the question sometimes seems trivial when taken as an individual case, but when we come to know that one third of the energy consumed around the world is used for heating or cooling buildings, there is definitely something that needs to be done. The systems used for these are controlled by non-smart technology that is outdated and that is where exactly Tado fills the lacunae.
So what does Tado exactly do? Tado is a state-of-the-art intelligent technology that works with a heating system to keep your house at a pleasant temperature, coupled with energy saving features. Consider a scenario: You leave home every morning at 8 only to return by evening and there’s no one else at home. The tado mobile app will keep a track of your distance from home and will let the heating system go slow in direct proportion to your distance from home. As the distance increases, the heating system will start slowing down. In evening when you are done with the day, the tado will activate the heating system from its hibernation and by the time you arrive home, tado heats the home to the perfect temperature. The heating will go up with every inch towards your home.
Along with this, Tado sets the house temperature in accordance to the external temperature and time cycle of the day. Tado responds to the particular heating properties of your home which are influenced by factors such as its insulation and window surface areas. This allows it to reach the desired temperature even more efficiently.
How does it work?
Sounds interesting, eh!! The Tado kit consists of a box connected that is connected to the boiler, ultimately responsible for the intensity of heating. It is this box that contains the intelligent system to regulate the temperature according to the need. The second device of the kit, Gateway is responsible for all the remote information sharing of the heating information to and from the app. It is plugged into the router. Another device called the temperature sensor, which is powered by solar cell, measures the temperature in the living area.
Tado, as it claims, is easy to install and works with a central or split heating system. The mobile app automatically informs your heating system of your location – without you having to open the app. The app also helps you get an overview of what tado° is doing and how warm it is at home. The web app gives a detailed report with a temperature curve, heating activity and events that influence the temperature regulation. The geolocation services is provided through mobile phone tower locations, Wi-Fi access points which are close to the phone, and triangulation instead of GPS to save battery consumption.
According to the estimates, Tado claims to save upto 300 pounds every year. Tado considers the no. of people in the house, the no. of rooms and its area while putting forth the statistics in terms of costs and percentage of power saved. Though the smart phone app is one of the most important controller of the technology, Tado can be manually controlled. Tado, a Munich based company, has been in existence since 2010 and is augmenting its reach in German and pan-European markets.
Where’s it lacking?
However, with all this pros there are some serious issues which haven’t been addressed or mentioned like the security of the system and the app, the effectiveness of the system with the aging of boiler or heating device, et al. Along with that, one also needs to think about the state of the system if the mobile app owner is not located on its mobile due to several reasons for longer hours. These factors pose an important question to the efficiency and effectiveness of the system.
This app definitely holds future when it comes to power saving and a systematic and thoughtful implementation will only service mother earth besides the economy.