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How the iDevices Thermostat can help you go green


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Controlling the Wi-Fi enabled iDevices Thermostat from anywhere with your phone, or using the voice assistant of your choice to adjust the temperature is a game-changer for your home, especially in terms of convenience. But the iDevices Thermostat also includes several features to help you save on energy costs and reduce your impact on the energy grid, especially during periods of extremely hot or cold weather. 

Slash inefficiency with schedules

The robust scheduling feature available in the iDevices Connected app allows you to program your Thermostat seven days a week. Schedules are embedded into the product, so they won’t skip a beat, even if you happen to lose Wi-Fi connectivity. You can also interrupt schedules at any moment if your routine changes.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save at least 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs with a simple daily schedule — set your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. With the iDevices Thermostat, you can set up to 24 schedules per week. It’s normally difficult to keep track of so many schedules, but the iDevices Connected app makes it simple to monitor and edit your schedules at will.

Conserve smarter with automation

Some simple automation via the iDevices Connected app can help keep your home’s HVAC system from working harder and less efficiently than it needs to. Often, the biggest challenge to saving energy and living more efficiently is remembering to make those little adjustments throughout the day. With automation, your home will adjust without you having to think twice.

The Department of Energy notes you can “easily save energy” in the winter by setting your thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re awake and home, and setting it lower while you’re sleeping or away. You can follow the same strategy in the summer by keeping the house warmer than normal while you’re away. With Home Triggers, you can set your iDevices Thermostat to automatically adjust any time you arrive or leave home. You can also create Scenes that play on a schedule or are activated via a Home, Product, Location Trigger. With Scenes, you can also specify thermostat mode, humidity, and fan mode. So, depending on the time of day or whether someone is home or not, your thermostat can automatically adjust to the most efficient setting.

Fine tune for optimal performance

Several features built into the iDevices Thermostat can help you heat and cool your home more efficiently.

Preheat/Precool 

  • When your thermostat is on a schedule, you can activate Preheat/Precool mode. This allows the temperature to gradually adjust before the set schedule period begins.
  • By gradually heating and cooling, your HVAC system isn’t working extra hard to get your home to the desired temperature when a schedule goes into effect. And, the temperature will already be right where you want it once the schedule starts. You can customize the duration of Preheat/Precool, from 15 minutes to 90 minutes.

Span

  • This setting regulates when and how long your HVAC system will run. You have the option of setting the span to either .5, 1, or 2 degrees in Fahrenheit mode. For example, if your thermostat is set to 70 degrees in heat mode with a span setting of 2 degrees, your thermostat will activate your furnace when the room temperature hits 69 degrees and shut down when it reaches 71 degrees. With a span setting of 1 degrees, your system will turn on at 69.5 degrees and turn off at 70.5 degrees.
  • The tighter the span, the more your thermostat will shut off and turn back on. Conversely, a larger span will keep your system running longer. The setting that makes your home most efficient depends on your HVAC system. This is definitely a setting you’ll want to test to gauge what works best in your home in terms of balancing comfort and efficiency.

Deadband

  • When your HVAC system is in auto mode, the Deadband setting allows you to set a temperature range. This prevents your system from quickly bouncing back and forth between heating and cooling — definitely not efficient. You can set Deadband to 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 degrees. If you set a Deadband of 4 degrees and have a set-point of 70 degrees, your temperature range will be between 68 and 72 degrees. That means your system won’t heat or cool if the ambient temperature is within this range.
  • A larger Deadband is more economical, while a smaller Deadband will hold the temperature closer to the set-point and increase comfort. If you’re looking for efficiency, which we hope you are, go with a larger Deadband range.