The days of the simple thermostat that is used to check the room temperature and adjust settings is fast approaching its end. These days buyers are on the market for smart thermostats that allow them to do far more, reduce their energy consumption and their electricity bills or be able to remotely control their home thermostats while they’re out and about.
Equipped with WiFi connectivity, smart thermostats can deliver on these sophisticated consumer expectations because they are embedded with sensors and advanced AI algorithms, which can achieve an endless array of objectives. We take a look at some of the best-selling thermostats to discover the enticing features that are keeping buyers warm, cozy, and pleasantly surprised.
1. Better visibility and control
One thing that is immediately apparent amongst all the best-selling thermostats is the interface, where the temperature indicator is clear, simple, and easy to read at a glance. No more squinting at poorly lit screens with small numbers, the interfaces are clear and the menu control is intuitive. See the interface on the Siemens smart thermostat.
2. Insight and automation to save money on energy bills
Energy usage and insight reports regarding how much power is being used, with an indication of how energy use is changing over time, and with connectivity to local tariffs, how much your monthly bill is likely to cost. Using the energy consumption model, smart thermostats can allow you to zero-in on the temperature zones that are causing you to have consumption spikes, where you can more carefully moderate temperatures in these areas. The Nest thermostat claims that it can save 10-12% on heating costs and 15% on cooling costs.
By routinely recording energy consumption, smart thermostats enable your buyers to produce an energy profile of their house or office. The profile takes into consideration multiple factors including location, size, and heating/cooling methods. With these details, automated processes can be set up that support both energy efficiency and comfort levels. Thermostat management is made even easier, to just set and forget. Using these automated processes Ecobee claims users can save around 23% on both heating and cooling.
3. Remote control
Smart thermostats can enable remote temperature management via downloadable smartphone apps. A great feature to control the temperature remotely while their kids or pets might be at home. These thermostat apps often also allow users to create heating or cooling schedules that save them from manually setting levels at the control panel. To enhance their value they also tend to enable more in-depth temperature management.
4. Movement sensors
Another feature to support better temperature management is movement sensors that are equipped with thermostats to detect when people are in and moving around the house or office. With a movement sensor, it becomes possible to take note of the times in which people are around to support scheduling. This is an appealing feature for offices or buildings that have a hybrid workforce that is coming in at irregular times.
Security and privacy is a critical promise to users of all connected devices. As long as a device is connected to the internet, it is at risk of being hacked. With cyber attacks increasingly making headlines, buyers’ concerns are rising. Research shows that buyers prefer products with cybersecurity built into the device, and this is a priority even more than functionality and price.
To keep ahead of market demands, smart thermostat vendors should add proactive security to their devices which will not only detect cyber events, but it will provide real time protection against them. The Firedome agent, embedded on connected devices, constantly monitors cyber-threats attempting to breach devices. To learn more about IoT security for your smart thermostat, visit our website.