Pop quiz: what makes a thermostat smart? If your answer includes the following: a) connected to the Internet, b) controlled with a smartphone app, c) monitors and changes the temperature without being told—you’re correct.
Another correct answer would be: knowledge. A thermostat that knows more about your house and your needs can take smarter actions on your behalf. It’s why many standalone connected thermostats, equipped with only a one-room view, fall short.
And it’s why the Smart Thermostat excels.
Connected to every device and activity sensor in your smart home system, it knows more, understands more, and can do more to save energy and keep you comfortable. Here are four ways you can use it:
Heating and cooling a home costs the average family $900 a year, with the cold winter months accounting for a hefty chunk of that. It’s no wonder energy-saving smart thermostats are becoming so popular.
A smart thermostat can react to your activity at home, determining automatically when to save energy and when to heat things up. The more it knows, the more effective it can be, which is why the best approach of all is a smart thermostat connected to an integrated system that understands what’s happening at home.
Our Smart Thermostat HD is fully integrated into your smart home system so it knows what’s going on—giving it some convenient ways to help you save energy this winter.
Here are 4 smart tips to cool your energy bill:
1. Say goodbye to “heating the neighborhood”
Contact sensors were designed to alert your smart home to an intruder, or anyone else, opening a door or window. However, a smart home system can also use this information to minimize an irritating source of day to day energy waste.
If you leave the back door or a bathroom window open with the heat running, our thermostat can react by setting back to save energy. Meanwhile, you can get a smartphone alert to close the door. Once the door is closed, the thermostat returns to normal.
2. Start saving instantly
How many times have you left the house or gone to bed before realizing that you forgot to adjust the thermostat? With the Smart Thermostat HD, you don’t have to rely on your memory to save energy.
Simply closing your front door or turning lights off can trigger the thermostat to go into energy-saving mode!
3. Whenever you drive away…
When you’re running late, with work or a road trip on your mind, your heating bill is the last thing you think of. Places can take care of this for you.
This location-based automation feature can use your smartphone’s location to automate your home’s thermostat based on where you are. When you cross a geo-fence on your way to work, Building36 can set back the thermostat. Cross the geo-fence on your way home, and Building36 can make things more comfortable upon your arrival.
4. Stay in the know
A smart thermostat can reduce the stress of not knowing how high your energy bill will be when that single-digit cold front kicks your furnace into high gear.
Building36’s desktop app can help you access your home’s energy use data, so you can work towards energy-saving goals.