WeMo and Holmes team up to take the worry out of small room heaters


We’ve all done it, found ourselves in a panic about 10 miles down the road, wondering if we have left that little space heater on in our bedroom. Today, WeMo is teaming up with Holmes to bring its own solution to this moment of fear. The Holmes WiFi-enabled Smart Heater connects the popular home company with Belkin’s WeMo ecosystem. This adds another piece to the puzzle of WeMo’s expansive line of home automation products.

Holmes is also introducing a new Smart WiFi-enabled air purifier, which puts the focus on consistantly monitoring the air quality in your home and adjusting as needed.

We’ve got full details below on pricing and Holmes new Frost Protect feature on these heaters. 

While controlling your heater was a quasi possibility with Belkin’s recently announced WeMo Maker, its new line puts the control consumers expect from a Nest Thermostat into a small package. The Holmes’ Smart Heater comes in two sizes, large and extra large, that push out different amounts of heat via its quartz bulb internals. It has everything that typically comes with a WeMo connected device: on/off, device monitoring and a programmable scheduled, which is all controlled through the WeMo app (iOS/Android).

The Smart Heater does take a few cues from other devices, particularly its ability to monitor the temperature within a space and activate when needed. A new “Frost Protect” mode keeps track of temperatures and fires up the heater when needed to discourage freezing, something that we suspect could be particularly valuable in basements during the winter.

Available in two sizes, the Smart Heater starts at $149.99 for the large size and goes up to $199.99 for the extra large version. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Belkin directly, as well as other retailers in the United States.

Also part of the announcement is the Holmes Smart WiFi-enabled air purifier, which starts at a price of $199.99. This WeMo-enabled device has a seven day programmable schedule and can monitor the air quality in a room and adjust accordingly. The True HEPA filter is rated to remove “99.7% of airborne allergens” and the purifier itself is capable of alerting users when the filter needs changed. This new air purifier is also available today from Amazon and Belkin.

As we’ve mentioned before, it is no surprise that the smart home market is exploding with new products this holiday season. Belkin continues to team up with other companies by creating WeMo-enabled devices, such as the Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker that in theory make controlling our homes easier. We look forward to the day when the market place has greater focus on quality rather than quantity in this area.


WEMO® AND JARDEN CONSUMER SOLUTIONS’ HOLMES® BRAND COLLABORATE TO MAKE HOME MORE COMFORTABLE THIS WINTERAnnouncing Availability of the Holmes Smart Air Purifier with WeMo and Two Holmes Smart Heaters with WeMo
PLAYA VISTA, CA AND BOCA RATON, FL – December 4, 2014 – WeMo, a home automation ecosystem by Belkin International, and Jarden Consumer Solutions today announced availability of three new WeMo-enabled Holmes products, the Holmes Smart Air Purifier with WeMo and two Holmes Smart Heaters with WeMo. The latest from a line of smart home and kitchen products, the smart devices feature built-in WeMo technology and allow consumers to adjust, manage and maintain their home environment from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet.”In the winter, when it’s freezing outside and all you really want to do is cuddle up inside by a fire, the home environment–both temperature and air quality–becomes increasingly important,” said Ohad Zeira, director of product management for WeMo. “In the past you had to leave devices running all day in order to come home to a comfortable home at night, which is dangerous, wasteful and costly, but with WeMo you can set schedules or program on your way home, creating a cozy home environment only when you need it.”The Holmes Smart Air Purifier with WeMo gives users the ability to control their home’s air quality from anywhere via any smart device. Monitor air quality, adjust fan settings, turn on/off remotely, manage the ionizer, and receive notifications all from the WeMo app. The WeMo app also lets users create a week’s worth of daily run times so the air stays fresh whenever needed without wasting electricity or filter life. When the filters need replacing, the WeMo app sends an alert along with a direct link for reordering, which takes the guesswork out of rememberin which size filter to order and makes it easy to always have clean, fresh air on demand.Aside from its embedded WeMo functionality, the Holmes Smart Air Purifier also features state-of-the-art True HEPA filtering capabilities, including an optional ionizer to remove up to 99.97 percent of airborne allergies from the air. It quietly reduces common household odors and provides relief from irritants such as pollen, dust, mold, pet dander and smoke so the whole family can breathe easily.
The new Holmes Smart Heaters Enabled with WeMo provide reliable heat for different sized rooms and can be adjusted through the WeMo app from any smart device. Turn off, monitor and adjust the temperature from anywhere, or program a daily schedule so rooms are always at the perfect temperature at the perfect time. Additionally, the Holmes Smart Heaters gives users the added peace of mind of never having to worry if the heater was left on by accident.
Available in two sizes (1000 Watt large room and 1500 Watt extra-large room) the WeMo-enabled Holmes Smart Heaters feature four temperature settings: High, Low, EcoSmart and Frost Protect. The EcoSmart setting cycles between high and low to keep the temperature comfortable while helping to save money and electricity, while the Frost Protect setting helps prevent rooms from dipping below freezing by activating the heating element only when the room temperature goes below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Leaving the heater in Frost Protect also enables users to leave the heating element off for most of the day, but maintain the ability to activate the heat remotely when the need arises.
“Designed with the same approachability and ease-of-use that is the hallmark of all WeMo-enabled products, the Holmes Smart Heater and Smart Air Purifier with WeMo arrive just in time for the long, cold winter, said Alejandro Pena, president of JCS USA. “We are excited to have the full suite of WeMo-enabled Jarden products available in the market to help give our customers added control, convenience and peace of mind over their home environment this season, even when they aren’t there.”
Availability and Pricing
The Holmes® Smart Air Purifier with WeMo (F7C049) is available for purchase now on Amazon.com, Belkin.com and Holmes.com for an MSRP of $199.99. The Holmes Extra-Large Room Smart Heater with WeMo (F7C047) and Holmes Large Room Smart Heater with WeMo (F7C048) are available for pre-order now at the same online retailers for an MSRP of $199.99 and $149.99 respectively. They are slated to ship in mid-December. The WeMo app is available for free download now at the App Store and Google Play Store

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