In recent years, the explosive growth of two specific technologies has significantly changed how many people operate their hvac systems. The first technology is low power communications - such as Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Bluetooth - which allows thermostats to exchange information with other devices using wireless communications. The second technology, of course, is the exponential adoption of internet-connected smart devices. As a result, countless homeowners now view and control their HVAC system's thermostat from anywhere in the world.
How To Establish Remote Control
A thermostat with an on-board wireless radio must be installed. These thermostats are not significantly more expensive than standard thermostats; your trusted HVAC professional can recommend options. Next, the thermostat will include steps for establishing a connection to your home's router, enabling data to be transmitted via the Internet. And finally, download an app to your smart device to enable remote control. While these steps might seem intimidating to those who are uncomfortable with technology, setup is typically easy and designed for success by people of all skill levels. When setup is complete, homeowners will be able to view and control their thermostat any time -- from an upstairs bedroom, to across the ocean.
Common Benefits From Remote HVAC Control
While connected thermostats have various features and capabilities based upon model and manufacturer, common benefits and applications for homeowners include:
- Families with commitments which do not align to fixed schedules can adjust conservative temperatures upon leaving the home to save energy, and then remotely set comfortable temperatures prior to returning home.
- Vacation home owners can monitor HVAC settings of distant properties, and especially be alerted if indoor temperatures fall outside of expected ranges.
- Rental property owners can monitor HVAC settings of properties to ensure tenants are comfortable while preventing inefficient settings.
- Caretakers can verify that elderly parents or other loved ones needing special attention are living within a safe temperature setting.
Additionally, HVAC service providers are beginning to use diagnostics data from connected thermostats to expedite the troubleshooting and repair of clients' systems. Both homeowners and service providers benefit from better service with lower costs.
While remote monitoring of HVAC is not a need for everyone, many homeowners do find significant value in the convenience and awareness that connected thermostats offer.
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