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Venstar: Thermostat Remote Adjustment Accessory

July 18, 2011

The ComfortCall is an accessory that allows users to remotely adjust the Slimline residential thermostat from any telephone. Using voice recognition and voice synthesis, it talks to the user over the telephone and takes voice commands. According to the manufacturer, the unit makes it easy for users to remotely call and turn their systems on or off, whether they are headed home or are away and just forgot to reset the system to the energy-savings setting. The accessory has a small attachment that plugs into the bottom of any Slimline thermostat. ComfortCall will tell the caller what the inside and outside temperatures are, the status of the thermostat (if the heating or cooling is currently on or off), and will allow the user to adjust the thermostat to its preset comfort settings or energy-saving settings or turn the system off. This is all done via voice or keypad entry from any telephone. Expert mode makes making changes very fast and easy for the user. In addition to the small attachment on the thermostat, ComfortCall has a small wireless base station, about the size of a deck of cards, which connects directly to the telephone line or answering machine. It is fully compatible with answering machines, utilizing a command that sends the call to the thermostat attachment and hangs up the answering machine. The accessory also is compatible with X10, which allows ComfortCall to also turn on and off the lights that are configured into the system so that when the user turns the thermostat to comfort settings, it will also automatically turn on the designated lights. As well, when the user turns the thermostat to energy-saving settings, it will turn off the designated lights. Built-in security codes ensure that only authorized users may access the accessory.

Venstar; 818-812-9930; sales@venstar.com; www.venstar.com

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