Smart Thermostats are no longer an early-adopter’s product.
They are fully functional, value driven tools that anyone can take advantage of. In their simplest form, a smart thermostats is one that possesses basic ‘intelligence’ or the ability to make decisions. They accomplish this through several extensions to their previous characteristics; primarily the presence of Wi-Fi connectivity and internal software for data analysis.
From here on, smart thermostats can have a wide array of characteristics which change based on desired applications, remote connectivity, and others. Today we look into which of these elements are important at the day of making the decision to get one (or more) smart thermostat.
At their core, being able to connect to the biggest source of information available today (the internet) is paramount for smart thermostats.
This connection is the basis upon which the following examples of elements come into play to make these devices the ground-breaking tools they now are:
- Remote Sensors: motion, time, weather, humidity, and many other sensors can all be integrated into the thermostat’s interface. Through a web portal or mobile portal one can then observe and make decisions based on the inputs from these sensors. For example, motion sensors can tell when you are or are not home or humidity sensors at your storage facility can trigger protocols to regulate temperature accordingly.
- Remote Control: wireless connectivity means the thermostats is not isolated and can communicate with a central interface or any mobile device paired with it. This increases the flexibility for immediate decision making by removing the need to physically input data into the thermostat terminal. From your phone as you board the plane or your tablet in your office, you can control and monitor one or multiple locations from one mobile interface.
- Real-time weather updates: in locations prone to highly volatile weather and temperatures, a smart thermostat is capable of receiving input based on conditions it queries from weather databases. It can then adjust one or several locations based on this information.
- Balanced temperatures: a network of thermostats are more powerful than one, especially when considering that you can constantly monitor multiple locations and then control temperatures on individual units to maintain stability, all from one web interface.
- Usage history: making real time decisions are part of the benefits, since from usage history on can learn to better predict future eventualities and even learn from many forms of data in order to allocate settings precisely throughout a network of thermostats.
- Full automation: Finally, the ability to make decisions lies in software integration which monitors all of the above into a set of rules and conditions which, if met, trigger actions to increase/decrease temperatures. For example, after a short period of time, and with enough data from manual inputs, the smart thermostat interface can begin to automatically change its settings based on what its sensors are relaying back. Best of all, one can still manually tweak these remotely.
Essentially, smart thermostats connect to the biggest and most versatile sensor: the internet.