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Five Things A Smart Thermostat Should Know

Jul 07 2015
The more a smart thermostat knows, the more useful it is.

When it knows what you're doing, it can make smarter decisions in real time, which translate into more energy savings that don't impact your comfort at home.

However, most thermostats don't know a lot.

Confined to one room, they have limited information about your activity. This makes it hard for them to adapt to your schedule and react to real-time activity triggers.

Our Smart Thermostat is different. It's wirelessly connected to all of the sensors and devices in your security system, so it understands what's happening throughout your home. It even uses the weather and your location to save energy and maximize comfort.

Here are five really useful things it knows.

1: When you're on your way home

Thanks to the security system, our smart thermostat knows when you leave home, and saves energy when you do.

It also knows when you're on your way back, thanks to Geo-Services.  This feature uses your smartphone's location to anticipate your arrival, and triggers your thermostat to make things comfortable when you get there.

2: Which room to make comfortable

Using wireless temperature sensors, our Smart Thermostat can deliver precision comfort to different rooms around the home where the temperature matters to you.

Place these tiny devices in key areas like your living room and bedroom, and your thermostat can optimize the home's temperature to any one of those rooms, heating or cooling your home until your chosen room is perfect.

3: If your window is open

Running your AC with a window or door open is a big waste of energy. Thanks to your security system's door and window contact sensors, Alarm.com's Smart Thermostat knows instantly when you open a window or door, and can automatically cut back. An alert will let you know what's happening and it'll return your home to a comfortable temperature when you close it.

4: What it's like outside today

Our thermostat knows what's happening outside the house as well, using data from the National Weather Service to anticipate how hard it needs to work. On especially hot or cold days, it can dial back a few degrees to save energy without making you too uncomfortable.

It's also compatible with many utility companies' demand response programs.  You can save extra with discounts and incentives, while also helping your community on really hot days when electricity demand spikes and puts a heavy burden on your utility.

5: If there's an emergency

Because it's connected to our Smart Home Security system, our thermostat even has fire and carbon monoxide safety features.

In the event of your connected smoke / carbon monoxide sensor detecting either of these hazards, our thermostat instantly shuts the HVAC down, preventing toxic gases from circulating through your home.

Want to know how to get our Smart Thermostat as part of a Smart Home? Click here to connect with a local Alarm.com dealer today.

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