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Smart Thermostats 

Smart home automation system consists of a number of separate parts that are integrated together. Smart thermostat is a part of the overall home comfort control subsystem that includes artificial and natural temperature controls and humidity controls. Main responsibility of a smart thermostat is to monitor indoor temperature using built-in or remote sensors and turn on or off cooling or heating depending on the schedule (programmed or learned) and  temperature settings. In addition, a control of the whole home humidifier is also one of the features of smart thermostat.

Most recommended thermostats currently on the market are Nest Learning Thermostat and Ecobee Smart Thermostat. Both offer attractive design and a long list of features.

 

 

These thermostats enable homeowners to easily control temperature and humidity using either the thermostats themselves or apps on mobile devices. In addition to controlling temperature and humidity via schedules - setup either manually or through learning features - smart thermostats allow a control of one’s home comfort from any location utilizing internet connectivity and mobile app. Integration with home assistants such as Google’s Assistant, Alexa, or Siri gives another option to control smart thermostat with your voice.

Most of the smart thermostats on the market are low voltage devices and are not intended to be used with electric baseboard heating. There are some innovative devices available to solve this problem. Mysa smart thermostat is designed to work with electric baseboard heating and to provide all smart features as well. There is even a version to handle in-floor heating.

In most cases the decision which smart thermostat is the right one comes down to personal preferences for these devices including look-and-feel and ease of use. Both of these smart thermostats are designed to be installed by end customers with minimal technical knowledge. However, there could be issues when installing a smart thermostat.

First and most frustrating problem that homeowners can experience is incompatibility between newly purchased smart thermostat and existing HVAC system. Smart thermostat manufacturers went an extra mile trying to simplify installation in all possible scenarios such as different wiring schemes, different equipment types, etc., but there are some proprietary systems out there that cannot be easily integrated with smart thermostat and require professional help.

Integration with remote temperature sensors could be problematic due to interference with other devices on home’s busy WiFi network. Remote sensors should be placed correctly to allow for clear communication. In some cases a review of WiFi network configuration might be required.

Also, not all thermostats are created equal when integrating them into smart home automation systems. For example, currently Nest thermostat cannot be directly integrated into Apple’s HomeKit, it requires an additional third party hub. This hub is not officially supported by Apple. Ecobee thermostat, on other hand, can be natively integrated into Apple’s HomeKit smart home automation system.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or require assistance with smart thermostat installation and configuration.

 

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