The Zoned Smart Thermostat: Energy Management Perfected

Monday, August 31, 2015 by under IoT (Internet of Things), Lifestyle, Monitoring, Smart Home

Last year, energy “efficiency measures saved the United States $800 billion,” according to UtilityDIVE.

Lowering energy use can cut utility bills fast, and alleviate your family’s carbon footprint. This is especially relevant during the summer months as “homeowners spend an average of $240 a year just on air conditioning,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Home utility use is also influenced by your system’s overall efficacy. According to Forbes, “Studies estimate that roughly 70 percent of American homes’ heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems are either running inefficiently or headed for a breakdown.”

Whether you’ve been known to let your HVAC run in an empty house, or your system is due for an upgrade, a smart thermostat—particularly one that offers zoned heating and cooling—offers your family major solutions.

Zoned Heating & Cooling

Zoned heating and cooling takes smart thermostat technology to the next level, offering elevated savings and refined control to homeowners.

While most smart thermostats on the market allow homeowners to change their home climate remotely, they often operate from just one sensor. Therefore, if the thermostat sits on the first floor, it adjusts according to the temperature of that floor alone.

Zoned thermostats, however, allow homeowners to regulate heating and cooling throughout the home according to specific room preferences. Upon installation, the zoned system features separate sensors placed throughout the house, allowing temperature control by room and floor. For example, keep your bedroom cool on hot summer nights and leave the rest of the house without air conditioning.

There’s no sense in heating or cooling empty spaces. With a zoned thermostat, you can save money and energy by using HVAC in accordance with your daily schedule.

Home Control

Zoned thermostats also incorporate geo-services technology, which reacts to homeowners’ locations in real time. For example, the thermostat can learn to turn on energy-saving settings when you leave for work in the morning.

Zoned thermostats can also know when you’ve entered a room, or opened a door or window, and tweak the climate accordingly in real time.

Furthermore, through artificial intelligence, zoned thermostats learn your behavior, tracking patterns in your family’s schedule. Over time, these smart systems can make data-based recommendations to help save on utility costs and improve energy consumption.

Thermostats function best when integrated into a complete smart home system. This allows powerful applications, such as geo-sensing, mobile application control and connectivity to other smart devices throughout the home.

Are you a smart thermostat user? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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