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.
Encycle now offers its cloud-based Swarm Logic to OEM energy control vendors
November 25, 2016
Encycle has announced its new SwarmStat™ service and its collaboration with Honeywell as a Total Connect Comfort partner. Encycle is Honeywell’s first smart thermostat partner to focus exclusively on solutions for commercial and industrial customers.
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.
This connected thermostat features installation and access via the Lyric app (iOS and Android) and customized geofencing, which allows it to easily adapt to the end user’s schedule. The thermostat’s options may be configured at the unit itself.
Ability to work with Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices is latest enhancement
September 16, 2016
Carrier has announced that its Côr smart thermostat is now compatible with Amazon’s popular Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo and Echo Dot. This compatibility allows homeowners to easily direct the thermostat to set and change temperature by voice command.
There is a lot of buzz these days about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it will continue to influence — some say take over — our lives in the near future. But what does the IoT mean for HVAC contractors, and, more importantly, how can they profit from its proliferation?
Includes incentives for smart thermostats and HVAC control device
July 27, 2016
Customers will have more ways to manage their peak energy demand after the Arizona Corporation Commission approved the continuation of Arizona Public Service’s (APS’s) energy efficiency programs and the implementation of five new and expanded measures.
Eco IQ provides advanced self-learning algorithm to maximize user comfort and energy savings
July 25, 2016
Schneider Electric has announced the new Eco IQ™ self-learning feature of its Wiser Air™ Wi-Fi smart thermostat. The company said, instead of requiring users to enter desired temperature set points, its users now only need to provide feedback when they’re not comfortable.