The Rio Arc isn’t part of a new device category as you can already find more than one solution for home heating. For example, there are already various types of intelligent thermostats and valves for radiators, but today I’ll be looking at this product, which is of a type that has not been in HomeKit until now – an intelligent radiator from UK company Rio Heating.
The Rio Arc is a standalone electric heater (Smart Panel Heater) that you can either hang on the wall or place anywhere in our home, with the provided feet, and manage it from your HomeKit system, or use Rio Heating’s own app. Perhaps just as importantly, you can also operate it manually using buttons located directly on the body of the device itself. You can use all these methods simultaneously, without any conflict.
The packaging for this device, due to its size, certainly differs from most other HomeKit devices, except for TVs perhaps, and it’s certainly one of the larger HomeKit devices that I’ve had the pleasure to test out. The packaging contains basic information on the Rio Arc, in that it works directly with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant systems. With the company app for iOS, the recommended version is at least iOS12.
Technical specifications for the Rio Arc:
- Power rating: 2000W
- Voltage: 220-240V~ Frequency 50Hz
- IP rating: IP24
- Dimensions: 820 x 450 x 100mm
- Room coverage: Area up to 24m2
- Finish: Curved black glass
- Colour: Black
- Product code: ARC20B
- Safety and certifications: Full CE marking | Lot 20 compliant | Apple-certified
- Compatibility: Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz 802.11 /b/g/n, Bluetooth (used only for pairing process)
Included accessories: Wall fixing kit, aluminium feet for portable use, 1.5m cable with UK plug, full user guide.