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Genius and JK floorheating – the perfect match

One aspect of the Genius system that customers love is the ability to seamlessly control the heating in different areas of their house, regardless of what type of heating it is: electric, underfloor or radiators. They can all be scheduled from the Genius Hub app.

That’s why JK floorheating has chosen Genius as its recommended controls for their innovative in-ground underfloor heating (UFH). Their product is innovative, too, as it has no build-up height. The top screed is grooved using a specially designed and patented ‘JK floor grinder’. The JK floor grinder dustlessly creates grooves in the screed into which the heating pipes are laid.


Genius controls and JK in-ground UFH is a great combination, because the lack of build-up height allows the floor temperature to rise much faster, so the room temperature can be controlled more accurately than with traditional underfloor heating systems. Using a Genius Room Sensor, the temperature of the room can be monitored and displayed on a graph, making it easy to pre-heat the room for exactly the right period. That way, the room can be the right temperature at the right time, without unnecessarily heating the room when it’s empty.


Underfloor heating is a popular choice because of the wonderful feeling of heat underfoot, the aesthetic benefits and easy compatibility with heat pumps. The downside has always been the slow heat-up times that make it difficult to control. With JK in-ground UFH and Genius, that’s no longer a problem.

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How to use IFTTT

IFTTT- Ocupancy detection.

IFTTT- Ocupancy detection.

Genius Home already gives you advanced control of your heating, but our new IFTTT functionality lets you go even further. For example, you can use
our IFTTT applets to:


  • Use your Genius sensors to receive an alert whenever motion is detected


  • Turn on your heating when you get near your home, based on your phone’s location



No need to only use the applets we’ve provided, though! You can easily create your own applets to link your Genius Home system with the thousands of other devices that are compatible with IFTTT. Here’s how:


  1. Sign up and log into and link your Genius Hub, if you’ve not done so already.
  2. Click on your username in the top right and select “New Applet”. You should be greeted with “if this then that” in big letters.
  3. Click “this”, search for your device/app (e.g. ‘Genius Hub’) and pick a trigger that will start your applet.
  4. Then click “that” and follow the steps to pick an action for your applet to carry out.
  5. Choose a name for your applet, and whether or not to receive mobile notifications when the trigger fires.
  6. Click “Finish” to make your applet live.

Note some fields may take a few seconds to load as they fetch data from your Hub. If you need any more information on how to set up IFTTT, have a look on the IFTTT web site or our support page.

Feel free to let us know on Facebook or Twitter which clever applets you’ve created!

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Genius home vs Honeywell EvoHome

The Honeywell EvoHome is the most similar product on the market to Genius home. More than just a wireless thermostat, it offers features such as radiator control, underfloor heating control and zoned heating.

Genius Home VS Honeywell EvoHome

The one major difference between the Evohome and Genius home is the automatic “footprint” mode. The Genius home system is the only system that learns the occupants movements and programmes the heating so that rooms are never heated necessarily – even if your lifestyle changes. The system uses motion sensors to keep track of which rooms occupants are using, and learning the pattern of their behaviour.


Genius home also learns how long each room takes to heat up. If you return home from work everyday around 6pm, then it will turn the heating on half an hour earlier to ensure that it’s nice and toasty for your arrival. If you spend the evenings in the living room, then it will switch the heating off in the bedrooms. Of course, you can still manually override it, but for convenience and from a financial and environmental perspective, you can just let Genius home do its job.


Finally, if you own a hotel or large house with more than 12 zones, then Genius home is more suitable because it can serve up to 30 zones per Genius Hub.


Explore the benefits of automatic heating control

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Genius home vs Tado

For buyers that are undecided whether smart home heating actually fits their needs, Tado looks an attractive proposition. The base system price is just £179,99, undercutting the majority of systems on the market.

Genius Home VS Tado

Tado have recently added zoning and individual TRV control to their feature list, making them a strong contender when considering a smart home heating system. Both these features are staples of the Genius home system as well, and it is extremely convenient to be able to control each room’s temperature from your phone.


The difference is that Genius home goes one step further: automatic “Footprint” mode.  


This allows you to ensure that you still save energy, even if your pattern of use changes. The system optimises energy usage by learning how you use home and adjusting the settings for each room accordingly. Genius home system outsmarts even the savviest of users to ensure that customers make the biggest savings while still feeling comfortable. No need to remember to update your heating schedule every time your lifestyle changes!


Explore the benefits of automatic heating control


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Genius Home vs Hive

When Hive was initially rolled out by British Gas, it was little more than a wireless thermostat but they’ve developed the system to add motion sensors and a feature that detects whether windows and doors are open. These features are also present in Genius home, automatically switching off the radiators so you don’t waste heat.

Genius Home VS Hive

The Hive base system is a similar price to Genius home. Hive have improved the looks of their hub but they’ve also increased the size of the display, which means if you’re looking for something that can discreetly sit on your wall and not be noticed, it’s probably not Hive.


Hive has come along way but it still falls short in several areas if you are looking for a complete smart heating system. Hive doesn’t offer electric underfloor heating, can only cope with a maximum of three wired heating zones and does not offer wireless radiator (TRV) control. For most homes, that means you’ll be limited to switching all your rooms on or off together – very wasteful in larger homes.


Explore the benefits of zoned heating control


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Genius Home vs Nest

Sleek in design and affordable to buy its initial base unit, Nest learns when you are normally at home, then programs itself. It’s a popular choice, and makes a good solution for smaller homes. It’s for larger homes where it falls down, because of its poor support for zonal control.


Genius Home VS Nest

If you’ve got wired heating zones, e.g. underfloor zones, you can buy a Nest thermostat for each zone, and a separate “HeatLink”. It’s not cheap, though. Each underfloor zone will cost you £179 and needs a wire from a location in the room to your valve controller. In comparison, a Genius underfloor zone only costs between £49.99 and £99.99, depending on your exact requirements, and is fully wireless. Electric underfloor is not something Nest offer, but is already available with Genius.


Genius home caters for as many as 30 zones, and can control radiators wirelessly – no need to rewire your house! Genius home offers TRV controls enabling users to change the temperatures of individual radiators from the comfort of your smartphone, so there’s no need to run around turning them on and off.
Explore the benefits of zoned heating control


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The Techies award.

The Techies award 2017

We are delighted to have won The Techies Consumer Startup of the Year award!

the techies 2017 consumer startup award
Best heating system control!


This award is given by the number one technology media company in the world IDG. Their PC Advisor publication has previously done a long term, in depth test of our Genius Home smart heating control and concluded:


“[Genius Home] lets you do a lot, with a relatively small amount of hardware. Between the various Eco modes, the timer, overrides and even the smart plugs this system is a true smart home system. It just needs to draw the curtains and put out the bins to have the full ‘Tomorrow’s World’ feel. I’m really impressed with [Genius Home].”


Their sister publication, Tech Advisor, did a thorough comparison of 7 of the Best Smart Heating Controllers. They compared the Genius Hub with Heatmiser Neo, Honeywell Lyric, NetAtmo, Tado, Nest and Hive – but ultimately they decided that the Genius Hub is the best you can buy and gave us 1st prize!


“Heat Genius is very good at a very useful thing. It is easy to use and efficient, and over time it will save you the cost of installation. And it is fairly priced… It’s a great product, and if you are looking to install a zoned smart heating system, we’re happy to recommend Heat Genius.”


The Techies 2017 consumer Start Up of the year

Our founders, Alasdair and Simon, tried to travel down from our Birmingham office to the awards ceremony in London last night, but sadly the disruption caused by Hurricane Doris meant they got stranded en-route. Alasdair said:


“It was frustrating that we couldn’t get to the ceremony, but we’re absolutely delighted to receive this award! There’s some stiff competition among home heating controls from big corporations like Google and British Gas. I’m really proud that a relatively small British company like ours can create a product that can compete with those big players. Every time I read we receive an award like this, or I hear positive feedback from a customer – that’s when I know we’ve got it right.”


If you would like to find out more about The Techies 2017 winners please see this link.

Curious what the fuss is about? Explore how Genius Home works to control the heat in every room of your home, automatically.

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New: interact with your Genius home via IFTTT

The dream of the smart home is that everything works together. Clap your hands and say “movie time” and the blinds close, the lights dim, the music stops and the film starts playing. The challenge has always been to connect all the pieces of hardware together seamlessly and easily, so they work how you want.

New: interact with your Genius home via IFTTT

That’s exactly the problem that ‘If This Then That’ (IFTTT) solves – and now, it works with with Genius home too! So you can control the temperature of any room of your home, based on input from other smart home devices or online services. Here’s some examples:

  • When I get near home, switch on my heating – Use GPS location on your phone to override your heating at a certain distance from your home
  • When I go away for a weekend, turn my heating off – Use your google calendar events to turn down the heating to “frost protect”
  • Tell Alexa to heat my room – Use voice to control your Genius Hub system
  • At sunset, turn my lights on – Use local weather data to turn on your smart plugs


Even better, you can use the Genius home sensors to make things happen, too. Each of our room sensors can detect air temperature and occupancy. For example, you can use them to:

  • Notify me when occupancy is detected – Use your room sensors to trigger phone notifications while you’re away

  • Notify me when a room gets up to temperature – Use temperature sensing devices on your system to trigger phone notifications when the room has warmed up
  • Switch on my fan when the room gets too hot – Use the temperature sensors to switch on a Genius smart plug and help you cool off


You can see some ready-made applets on the Genius Hub IFTTT service page, and can also view the full list of triggers and actions at the bottom. They’re your ingredients for cooking up your own applets. There’s hundreds of services you can connect Genius home with, in millions of combinations. What applet will you create?

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7 opportunities to recommend Genius


1.When customers ask about an efficient new boiler

With energy prices on the rise again, expect more consumers asking about ways to cut their heating bills. They might ask about efficient condensing boilers, because that’s what they’ve heard will cut their costs – but Genius provides another way to achieve the same result. Why not suggest they do both and cut their heating costs even further.

2. When a boiler can’t cope with the coldest weather

Got a customer complaining that they’re still cold even when their boiler’s running full blast?  There’s an obvious solution to that: a bigger boiler. But there’s a smarter alternative: use a ‘zoned’ Genius heating control system to switch off radiators in the empty rooms. It’s an underappreciated benefit of zoned heating control systems: they help customers stay comfortable, even when the boiler is too small to heat the whole home. If, say, half of the rooms are empty at any moment, then zoning their heating is like doubling the size of their boiler!

3. When some rooms are too cold, others too warm

Balancing a system correctly can be a pain, and many customers are reluctant to adjust radiators themselves after you’ve left. Even worse, old TRVs can become ineffective or stuck, meaning the customer can no longer make themselves comfortable. Our Genius valve heads are a lot more intelligent, monitoring the flow temperature and room temperature and adjusting themselves automatically. That means it’s always easy for the customer to get the temperature they want, with no hassle.

4. Customers in big, old and mostly empty houses

It’s no secret: it’s the customers who have rooms they use infrequently that can win big by installing zoned heating controls. Often that’s those in larger rural properties, whose children have left home or those who work at home. Genius allows them to easily heat just the parts of the property they want to use, often saving thousands per year in larger properties.

5.When they’re off the gas grid

Customers who aren’t connected to mains gas are in a tricky position: there’s really no cheap option for heating their home. Like those in large homes, they can see rapid paybacks from installing Genius zoned heating controls.

6. Landlords who pay the bills
More and more landlords are renting their houses bills-included, which means they’re looking for ways to cut the costs of keeping their tenants warm. But even the most efficient boiler won’t be much help if the tenants wander around in their underwear and leave the heating on when they go out. Genius solves that problem by automatically turning off rooms when they’re empty or when the window is open. It also makes it easy for the landlord to keep an eye on how tenants are using the heating – and know when a few stern words are necessary!

7. Hotels and guesthouses want to keep their guests comfortable

One cleaner forgetting to turn up the TRV can lead to an unhappy guest – something that hotels want to avoid at all costs. That means that most hotels simply leave all the heating on all the time, just in case – even when half the rooms are empty. Genius delivers massive energy savings while ensuring guests are always kept warm. Reception staff can easily adjust temperatures directly from the front desk. Genius isn’t just a way to reduce operating costs, it’s also way to improve guest comfort.

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The most power for your pound

Wireless smart home technology is convenient, but there’s one downside: it’s battery powered. And however frugal IoT devices may be, the batteries will need recharging or replacing at some point. But which should you replace them with? Will the Duracell bunny really keep bouncing longer.. or is that just an amusing ad campaign to convince you spend more on the brand name batteries?

Luckily, science has the answer! The web site Battery Showdown has tested the longevity of dozens of common AA batteries, from expensive brand name batteries to cheap supermarket own-brands. Perfect for knowing which will keep your smart heating controls working longest.


The important thing to notice is that the useful life of each battery depends a lot on the “cutoff voltage” of the device you’re powering. That’s the point at which the battery is too flat for the device to work properly. For example, our wireless radiator valves need a minimum of 2.4v and take two batteries, so that’s 1.2v per battery. For other devices, find the datasheet online and check this figure.


Adjusting the cutoff slider to 1.2v on the results page shows that the Ikea Alkalisk (Alkaline) batteries deliver the biggest bang-for-your-buck at around £0.11/Ah. If you’d rather have the longest possible battery life, Energizer Ultimate Lithium delivers three times as much power per cell! On the other hand, it’s twelve times more expensive at about £1.20 each. Our customer David Hay managed to grab a bargain on eBay though, and has been very happy with them:

“I get about a year out of the normal batteries that came with my Heat Genius system, but I bought a load of AA Energiser lithium batteries from eBay for £1 each and they last even longer. So far they have been in for 6 months and are still reading 100%!”

Whichever battery you choose, make sure you recycle them when they’re dead. They contain some nasty chemicals, so definitely shouldn’t be thrown in your household bin! Some councils will collect them with your doorstep recycling – check your local recycling for information. Alternatively, you can drop them at most electronics retailers.Radiator valves batery

The most eco-friendly option would be rechargable batteries, but sadly they don’t usually output a high enough voltage to power Heat Genius smart radiator valves. Heat Genius customer Adam Burgess let us know that he’s been experimenting with some “high end” Kentli PH5 rechargeable batteries though, which incorporate a voltage regulator to make sure they always put out exactly 1.5v each. We’d love to hear your experiences too.

Which batteries work best for you? Found any bargains? Let us know.