GRAPEVINE, Texas — NetworkThermostat has announced its CloudConnect™ service for the company’s Net/X™ Wi-Fi and Ethernet smart thermostats. CloudConnect provides Net/X users with the convenience of remote access using the cloud with no limits on the number of thermostats or locations under the user’s management. CloudConnect also adjusts the user interface to match the device being used: desktop, tablet, or smartphone.

Net/X’s DirectConnect™ method allows users to make a direct connection to the thermostats from anywhere on-site or remotely, which is useful for customers who have security requirements that prevent them from going to the cloud. With the addition of the CloudConnect service, NetworkThermostat customers have a choice. Both methods can be used simultaneously with the Net/X-IP PC Command Center software. NetworkThermostat said its approach to smart thermostats integrates all of the web pages, schedules, date and time settings, alerts, passwords, network settings, and notification destinations directly into the thermostat. The thermostats reside on the local area network using Wi-Fi (UP32x/RP32x-WIFI thermostat) or Ethernet (UP32x/RP32x-IP thermostat). End users and service personnel can connect to the thermostats using a PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone.

The CloudConnect service allows the user to update schedules, set overrides, manage alerts, control humidity levels, and other features.

All UP32/RP32 thermostats control conventional gas/electric (2H/2C) and heat pump (3H/2C) systems and the UP32H/RP32H can also manage humidifiers/dehumidifiers and/or fresh air dampers. A lockout feature limits temperature overrides to ±3ºF or ±5°F and includes an adjustable override timer. Integrated real-time weather forecasts, based on local zip code, eliminate the need for outdoor sensors when setting heat pump balance points. Special algorithms lessen energy usage peaks by minimizing the number of HVAC units that can turn on at the same time.

The UP32x thermostat also supports auxiliary inputs and sensors.

All thermostat platforms support up to four email and text message destinations for sending reminders and condition alerts to both customer and service personnel. Critical alerts can be repeated until the alert condition is corrected and reset.

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Publication date: 7/28/2014

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