When you think “home technology,” what comes to mind? Home theaters, smart security systems, and automated lighting systems often steal the focus, but there’s one type of home automation technology that — while often overlooked — can actually deliver some of the most impactful benefits for your enjoyment of your home. We’re talking automated HVAC! With another sweltering Atlanta summer on the way, now is the perfect time to learn more about automating your HVAC system with the help of BlueVision.
Automating your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system is one of the first home technology upgrades we recommend because it literally establishes the environment of your home, setting the stage for you to enjoy your home’s other features. With today’s options in smart thermostats and HVAC technologies, you don’t need to sacrifice comfort for energy savings. In fact, energy efficiency and comfort are the primary reasons to upgrade your system!
The Benefits of Automated HVAC: Two Sides of the Same Coin
“Standard programmable thermostats save energy only if they are programmed correctly. Studies have shown that most residential users never program them, or they use the home function to override the programming.”
In theory, a programmable thermostat can keep your home at a comfortable temperature while saving energy. However, in reality, most people do not program their systems efficiently and end up adjusting the temperature reactively when they’re home, or failing to adjust it when they’re not home. That’s where smart HVAC — and connected thermostats — save the day.
A connected or “smart” thermostat doesn’t just hold at a given temperature; instead it uses data, from your family’s daily schedules to local weather conditions, in order to maintain a comfortable indoor climate while using the minimum energy necessary. Today’s automated HVAC systems adjust heating and cooling to account for long absences like a vacation or shorter ones like being at work for the day, and adjust the temperature in anticipation of your arrival. No more coming home to a too-hot or too-cold house and waiting uncomfortably for your HVAC system to get everything back to your preferred levels. Our climate control systems can even help you win the age-old family battle for comfort with multiple climate “zones” to account for different activities and preferences.
The Best Automated HVAC Products for Summer 2022
At BlueVision, we only work with brands and product lines that can be counted on to deliver a luxury experience. If you’re interested in upgrading your home to automated HVAC, check out some of our recommendations from top home automation technology brands below.
Crestron Climate Control
Crestron’s DIN-THSTAT is a heating, cooling, and relative humidity thermostat that allows total control of your home environment, whether your HVAC system uses heat pump, forced air, or radiant floor heat. With such a powerful system, you might be imagining something that would stick out like a sore thumb, but Crestron’s thermostat is actually quite unobtrusive and can even be mounted in an equipment cabinet rather than on the wall in your living area.
Another great option for high-end climate control is Savant’s Multistat. This sleek and stylish high-resolution touchscreen display allows you to manage not only your home’s temperature, but also your own Savant Scenes. You can program a Scene to switch to specific mood lighting, raise or lower window coverings, play music, or even turn on your fireplace, giving you total control over the ambiance of your home. The high-res screen also allows you to view local weather forecasts, streamlining your morning routine for a seamless start to your day.
Lutron HVAC Controller
Control your home climate with just a touch from your phone or tablet using Lutron’s Home Control+ app for iPhone or Android and HVAC Controller. The Controller integrates with seeTemp, Radio Powr Savr temperature sensors, and Lutron control systems to provide precision HVAC control.
It doesn’t get smarter than Google’s smart thermostat, the Nest Learning Thermostat. As the first Energy Star-certified thermostat, the Nest can save you up to 15% on cooling bills, which makes it a great choice for energy conscious homeowners in Atlanta and the rest of the Southeast.
In addition to the many clever features the Nest boasts (energy history reports, knowing when you’re away via your phone’s location, etc.) it’s also a great value. Depending on your area, you may be eligible for a rebate from your energy company for installing a Nest!
Ready to streamline one of the mundane details of life and make your home effortlessly comfortable? Give us a call to learn more and set up a consultation!