Mysa is without doubt one of the few producers constructing sensible thermostats for high-voltage heaters, together with baseboard, fan-forced convector, and radiant ceiling varieties (Sinopé is the opposite large participant). But the Mysa Smart Thermostat is a complete lot prettier than Sinopé’s offering, and it doesn’t require a bridge to connect with your Wi-Fi community.
It’s additionally costlier, nevertheless, and for the reason that forms of heaters this and Sinopé’s thermostats are designed to manage usually are not centralized, you’ll want to purchase one for each room (or a minimum of one for each room with a heater you want to management). On the different hand, you’ll have to buy Sinopé’s GT125 Wi-Fi bridge ($89.95 at Amazon) so as to add its thermostat to your house community (one bridge can service a number of Sinopé thermostats, in addition to Sinopé’s sensible lighting controls).
If you’ve multiple heater that’s managed by the identical thermostat now, you may wire the Mysa as an alternative, offered the whole load doesn’t exceed 3,800 watts. The Sinopé mannequin we reviewed can deal with a great deal of as much as 4,000 watts.
The most putting facet of Mysa’s product (particularly compared to the Sinopé) is its clear white design, with a minimalist dot-matrix show and capacitive touch-sensitive buttons. It’s an aesthetically pleasing system that provides off a high-tech vibe with out being overly distracting. On the opposite hand, it doesn’t report as a lot data because the Sinopé, which shows the day and date, the present exterior temperature, and the programmed temperature along with the present inside temp.
The largest technical distinction between the Mysa and different sensible thermostats is the way you’ll wire it to your heater. Smart thermostats like this have inside parts—corresponding to a show and a radio for communications (a Wi-Fi adapter within the case of the Mysa)—that require fixed electrical energy. Some sensible thermostats can siphon sufficient energy from the electrical energy going to the heater to run these parts, however the Mysa is powered instantly by the road wire, with a second wire from the thermostat connecting to the load wire (supplying the heater), a 3rd wire connecting to the impartial wire (going again to your electrical panel), and a fourth used for floor.
This appears like a much bigger deal than it’s, however the set up could be complicated when you’re not paying consideration. If you need to confirm that your heater will work with this thermostat, you may run via this interactive compatibility script on Mysa’s web site.
Setting up the Mysa app
The remainder of the set up, utilizing the Mysa app, is simple: The setup wizard helps you join the thermostat to your Wi-Fi community, and then you definately transfer on to programming a heating routine. If you don’t need to arrange an in-depth customized schedule, the app can apply a “quick schedule” primarily based on statistical power financial savings or solutions to a sequence of questions on your schedule and temperature preferences.
Adding temperature-change occasions to your schedule is an easy matter of hitting the “+” image on the higher proper of the Schedule web page and selecting the times, occasions, and temperatures.
Deleting a temperature change level, alternatively, is a extra handbook course of. If you’ve made a common change to your schedule (say, to extend the temperature to 67 levels at 7:00 p.m. each evening), and determine later to delete that occasion, you’ll have to manually faucet and delete that occasion for each evening; you may’t simply difficulty a blanket change.
If you’re establishing multiple Mysa sensible thermostat, you may create “zones” that can have a number of heaters act in unison. If you’d choose to skip the app altogether, you can also make speedy one-time temperature changes by tapping on the face of the thermostat and utilizing the up and down arrows.
Unlike the thermostat’s native show, the Mysa app tracks humidity, and it’ll provide choices for an “eco” mode that robotically adjusts the temperature to economize. An ‘early on’ choice, in the meantime, will preheat the room to guarantee that area reaches the specified temperature on the set time. Lastly, the app can carry out in-depth energy-consumption monitoring, which is a welcome characteristic.
The Mysa can connect with Amazon Alexa Alexa and Google Assistant, and it’s suitable with Apple HomeKit and IFTTT. SmartIssues compatibility is on the corporate’s roadmap, and the thermostat helps geofencing. That can flip your heater on and off while you enter and depart an outlined radius round your house, though this characteristic is presently hidden within the app’s Experimental Features menu.
When you add in the price of the Sinopé GT125 Wi-Fi bridge ($90 at Amazon) that’s wanted to make a Sinopé TH1120RF thermostat ($80 at Amazon) really sensible, Sinopé’s resolution is costlier than Mysa’s ($90 + $80 = $170). But you want just one Sinopé bridge for a lot of Sinopé thermostats. Amortize the price of the Sinopé bridge throughout, say, 4 thermostats ($90 + 320 = $410), Sinopé comes out on high—a minimum of when it comes to pricing, as a result of 4 Mysa thermostats would value $556).
All that mentioned, the Mysa’s enticing industrial design, its subtle app, and its extra strong sensible dwelling integration alternatives render it the higher worth in sensible thermostats designed for high-voltage heaters (until SmartIssues compatibility is a must have characteristic, otherwise you’re additionally deploying Sinopé’s ZigBee smart lighting controls).