CNET, an extremely popular technology news website, took a look at home HVAC systems and modern thermostats this week. The website touted the smart thermostat trend, something we were on top of at this year’s 2015 AHR Expo, and also looked at smart vents.
Focusing on smart thermostat technology, CNET looked at how thermometers that use algorithms to figure out the best possible temperature at all times are changing the industry.
The Nest Learning Thermostat, the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat and the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control all rely on algorithmic-based learning. With these three thermostats, you can input the basic parameters for your schedule, similar to a traditional programmable model, but they also have the ability to learn your schedule over time and adapt automatically to changing patterns.
For instance, the Nest has an Auto Away feature. If you don't pass in range of its 150-degree motion and light sensors for a while, it will assume that you're gone (even if it's during a time that you're supposed to be home) and default to the more energy efficient Away mode. And, if your Nest starts to "notice" that you're regularly gone during this time, it will start to learn this new pattern in your routine and adjust its schedule accordingly.
Visit CNET to read more from their guide and, as always, stay tuned to Contracting Business for the latest in smart HVAC technology trends.