The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated device that can answer spoken questions; play music; make to-do lists; set alarms; stream podcasts; and provide weather, traffic, and other real-time information. However, perhaps most interesting to contractors is its ability to control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub.
Will handle commercial and residential thermostats in five Midwestern states
December 2, 2016
Venstar®, a thermostat and energy management systems supplier, announced it has signed an agreement with Brauer Supply of St. Louis for the distribution of Venstar HVAC control products from its locations in northwestern Arkansas, southern Illinois, southeastern Kansas, Missouri, and northwestern Oklahoma.
Was the top-performing Thermostat Recycling Corp. collection partner in Rhode Island
November 4, 2016
Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC), along with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), have formally recognized energy solutions provider Rise Engineering as the top mercury thermostat recycler in Rhode Island in 2015.
The organizations will combine under the Open Connectivity Foundation name
October 27, 2016
The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), sponsor of the IoTivity open source project, and AllSeen Alliance, which provides the AllJoyn® open source Internet of Things (IoT) framework, announced that the two organizations’ boards have approved a merger under the OCF name.
Lux provides thermostats for a wide range of installations
October 26, 2016
Lux Products Corp. announced that it has added the Kivlan Group to its roster of sales representatives. Kivlan is a leading HVAC and refrigeration sales rep in the Mid-Atlantic region. Starting immediately, Kivlan will provide HVAC professionals and businesses with the entire portfolio of Lux thermostats.
Lower cost device said to deliver value in the smart thermostat market
October 19, 2016
ecobee Inc. has announced the launch of its ecobee3 lite smart thermostat. The company said the new device is designed to deliver superior comfort, control, and energy savings at a lower cost. The thermostat will be available for purchase across North America on Oct. 31, 2016.