Last week, the NEWS enlisted Tom Jackson’s industry expertise to join a panel discussion on the rising use of smart home technology and its affect on the HVAC industry. Smart home technology to control a home’s climate remotely has been on the market for years, but increasingly popular use of smart mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads, is driving the rising trend. Homeowners can control temperature, humidity and energy consumption in their homes from anywhere at any time of day. Although Wi-Fi thermostats and controls currently represent less than 5 percent of the market, that percentage is expected to grow to 50 percent by 2015.
A new product called the Nest Learning Thermostat is adding to the buzz of wireless home controls. Developed by former Apple engineers, Nest is being marketed direct to consumers. The Nest Learning Thermostat has the ability to monitor from the internet, learn a homeowner’s schedule and use that information to program itself.
Homeowners are increasingly calling on HVAC contractors to deliver in the home automation market. The current customer base is largely homeowners who have more than one residence and want the ability to control their vacation home from their prime residence and vice versa. It won’t be long till the demand reaches the mainstream HVAC market.
We are on board with the rising trend. Our WEB Comfort™ Communicating Thermostat System controls up to 1000 thermostats through internet access while tracking energy usage that can be used to create a custom schedule.
The WCT-32™ Wireless Comfort™ communicates via an RF wireless data link to a relay control module located near the HVAC equipment.
Our T-32-P™ universal thermostat is compatible most residential HVAC systems and provides web-based remote access when used in conjunction with the Comfort Systems™ zoning systems.
Check out a complete listing of our wireless and web-based solutions and get ready for the next big thing in HVAC.