Zone control and smart thermostats

At one time, most homes were equipped with a single thermostat. This thermostat was responsible for temperature control for the entire house. There was no opportunity to target specific rooms. If a specific space felt chilly or overheated, raising or lowering the thermostat setting affected every room in the home. It was necessary to physically turn the dial. If a homeowner was upstairs in bed and desired to raise or lower temperature, they needed to walk to the location of the thermostat. Forgetting to adjust the thermostat before leaving for work in the morning meant heating or cooling an empty house to the perfect temperature all day. Remembering to raise or lower the temperature resulted in returning home to an overheated or chilly living space. Fortunately, there have been technological developments that have greatly improved the convenience of temperature control. Today’s heating and cooling systems now include zoned control. The installation of a thermostat into each room accommodates customized settings. It enables energy conservation when rooms are not inuse and caters to personal preferences. The kitchen and living room areas can be heated or cooled to provide comfort until bedtime. The bedrooms can be the focus during the night. Even better, with wifi connectivity, every thermostat is easily accessed through an app on a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Smart thermostats create daily schedules, make automatic adjustments and include helpful features such as humidity sensors, occupancy sensors, energy tracking and vacation mode. Today’s generation of thermostats provide greater potential to conserve energy, trim costs, optimize comfort and take better care of the heating and cooling equipment. Despite the complex technology, these amenities are user-friendly and not overly expensive.

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