Polaris PMH 2120 Wi-Fi IQ Home micathermal heater review
Winter is coming, which means it’s time to think about how we will warm ourselves if it suddenly turns cold at home. We will be helped: a blanket, hot chocolate and a heater. But you can’t just go and buy it, because there are so many of them and we are talking not only about the appearance, but also about the principles of operation. Oil radiators, fan heaters, electric convectors, infrared heaters, mikathermic heaters serve the same purpose — to heat the room, but their principle of operation is different. Let’s get acquainted with the last type, as the newest and this class will be represented by Polaris PMH 2120 Wi-Fi IQ Home with the ability to control via the application, as well as voice assistants Alice and Marusya.
|Model||Polaris PMH 2120 Wi-Fi IQ Home|
|Type||Micathermic floor heater|
|Heating type||Convection and heat wave|
|Peculiarities||Screen, temperature and operating time setting, tipping sensor, overheating sensor, two heating modes (1000 and 2000 W), button lock to protect against accidental pressing.|
|Remote control capability||Available with Polaris IQ Home software or Alice and Marusya voice assistants|
|Dimensions||55 * 66.5 * 25 cm (measured)|
|The weight||4.40 kg (weighed)|
Packaging, appearance and equipment
The device comes in a massive, but typical box for this kind of devices. It is made of thick cardboard.
It depicts the hero of the review in color, his characteristics, chips, among which, of course, Wi-Fi and the ability to be part of a smart home, and therefore control from a smartphone and voice, but more on that later. Inside, we are greeted by legs with rollers, as well as foam-protected corners. Let’s take the heater out of the box and take a closer look at it.
In its design, the PMH 2120 Wi-Fi IQ Home heater is similar to most representatives of this kind of devices, whether it is an electric convector or a mikathermic heater. But the differences are always in the details. The heater from Polaris looks nice enough, at least as far as the word is generally applied to a heater. We will install the legs first of all, so that it is easier to handle it.
The work surfaces, and this is primarily the sides, are covered with a fine mesh with a diamond-shaped pattern, painted white. There are no burrs, paint defects, etc. On the top is an additional metal grille and a double mention to be careful with surfaces, as you can get burned. For the same reason, the heater must not be covered.
The ends are made of white plastic, but slightly different in shade from white metal elements, but this does not hurt the eyes, but rather attracts attention and specifically separates hot from cold surfaces. On the one hand, the end is almost empty, with the exception of the handle for transportation and the plug, under which the fastening screws. But on the other side, you can stop and consider it in more detail.
The first thing that attracts attention is the black control panel with a screen. The two-segment screen has several icons that light up in certain situations and operating modes: Wi-Fi, lock, Celsius, clock, operating mode, power indicator, and a square window for the IR receiver. Under the screen there are physical buttons: ±, when pressed simultaneously, the key lock is activated; mode of change of the set temperature; operating time change mode; on/off key Everything is intuitive and even a child or an elderly person can figure it out, although in the first case it is better to do this in the presence of adults.
At the same end, under the control panel, there is a coil on which the power cable is wound. A logical and correct solution, you don’t have to think where and how to put the wire when the heater is not required. Near the bobbin, on the right, there is a general power switch, they can turn off everything, including the control panel, which is usually in standby mode. The power cable is quite soft and pleasant to the touch. The marking tells us that there are three cores of 1 mm² each, which is enough for about 3.5 kW, which means there is a reserve.
In addition to all of the above, the kit has a fairly detailed instruction in several languages.
Using the device is quite simple, for this we install it on a flat and solid surface. We insert the plug into the socket, activate the switch and from this moment the heater is in standby mode. Then it can be turned on either by the corresponding key on the keyboard, or remotely, through the application or using the voice assistant. Let’s try the simplest option.
Basic level of control and operation
As already mentioned, it is necessary to bring the heater to standby mode, then turn it on with the button on the keyboard and the heater immediately starts its work, provided that the default set temperature (which is 27 degrees Celsius) is higher than that of the environment.
Using the ± keys, you can select the heating intensity mode corresponding to 1 and 2 kW. To make it clear which mode is selected, in the lower right corner of the screen, 1 or 2 rectangles light up, respectively. The temperature is set after pressing the key with the sign of degrees Celsius and adjusts with the -/+ buttons in the range from +18 to +36 degrees. In fact, this can be finished, because. this is the simplest use case. But the heater can still do a lot of things, which means we will try a couple more simple functions, for example, a timer. It is activated by a button with a clock icon and the letter “h”.
The time setting range is from 0.5 to 18 hours. After this time, the heater will turn off. The function is useful in that you can turn it on for a short time before going to bed, for example, for an hour and by the time of sound sleep the heater will turn off.
Children should not use heating devices unsupervised, so the heater from Polaris has a child protection mode. To do this, hold down -/+ simultaneously for three seconds, after which a short beep will sound, and the lock icon will light up on the display. If you press any button while the keypad is locked, the heater will emit 3 short beeps, which should attract attention. But this system can be fooled a little if you turn it off by unplugging it or turning it off with the switch near the power cord, and then turning it back on. Then the keyboard will become available. But for this you need to set yourself a goal.
It is impossible not to mention the remote control, which is able to completely duplicate the keyboard on the heater, but will make it easier, because. you can not get up and go turn it on. Therefore, the remote adds to the convenience of using the device. Powered by 1 CR2025 battery. At this stage, the easiest way to work with the heater can be considered considered, which means you can move on to remote work with Polaris PMH 2120 Wi-Fi IQ Home.
Advanced level of management and operation
For remote control, you need software that can be easily downloaded from Google Play and the App Store. Further step by step, since they are simple and intuitive:
- Download and run software
- We pass the simplest registration by phone number
- We get to the main screen, where we press the “Add device” button
- In the device search window, there are two options, either we will find those connected to our network, or we will add a new one
- Select the required from the list
- Let’s prepare the PMH 2120 Wi-Fi IQ Home heater for pairing, to do this, hold down the temperature and timer settings buttons and hold until a beep sounds. After that, click “Continue”
- Find your network and enter the password from it
- Some time passes, the smartphone returns to the home Wi-FI network, and the heater connects to it
- If necessary, rename the device and bind it to the room and / or to the room
- The heater is now added to the software and displayed on the main screen
Now we will be able to control our device when the Internet is available. If it is connected to a network, the Wi-Fi icon on the screen will light up. Control in the application is similar in functionality to the instrument panel and remote control. However, there are also differences. The first is the banal turning off of the backlight, because. you can simply turn off the screen and it will stop glowing, all information is available on the smartphone screen. The second more significant difference is the work schedule. The ability to work on a schedule can only be commended. Probably everyone fell into the off-season, when the heating had not yet been given, and it was already cold outside. In this case, you can set up, for example, to work for every day, a couple of hours in the morning and a similar time in the evening.
The control function from a smartphone and scheduled operation allows this heater to be classified as smart, and it also has every right to be part of the smart home infrastructure. But what is a smart home without voice control? Therefore, you need to try controlling the voice assistant Alice. We will do this in the Yandex application, so we launch it.
- Launching Alice
- Select the “Smart Home” tab
- Add a new device and click on the item “smart home device”
- We do not select the type of device, but look for it in the list or enter Polaris IQ Home in the search bar
- Click “link to Yandex”
- We enter the credentials from the Polaris IQ Home account, namely the mobile phone
- Enter the code from the received SMS
- Confirm account access
- Update the list of devices that is in the Polaris software
- We see which of the devices were connected. Our device was defined as “Thermostat”.
However, this did not stop Alice and she calmly turns it on and off. Thus, we have 4 ways to turn on the heater, and each is good in its own way in a certain scenario.
To make it clear how and where to install this heater, it is worth remembering that it has 2 types of heating: thermal radiation and convection. The first type will heat the surfaces on which the sides “look”, and do this at a considerable distance from them. And convection, as expected, will heat the air and go up. From the front and rear sides, there will be no heating, this can be seen from the photograph of two weather stations.
Despite the fact that the weather station is located below the heater, the radiation still hits it and you can easily see the temperature difference, and this is after 4–5 minutes.
It is worth remembering about safety and that the surfaces are still hot and in no case should you lean against them and do not cover the heater. In addition to protection against overheating, there is a rollover protection, it works when tilted from 40 degrees or more, well, or just when it falls. Something shifts inside, a click occurs and everything turns off.
Solid heater with two types of heating. It will keep you warm on cold autumn or winter evenings and you won’t have to wait for the whole room to heat up, because it will warm you up purposefully. Do not forget about banal security measures, because. we are dealing with a heater that has hot surfaces, so it is better for children to be supervised. With remote control and voice assistant functions, it will be a great opportunity to add the PMH 2120 Wi-Fi IQ Home to your smart home infrastructure.