Gain Control with Smart Technologies
A Smart HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) System uses smart, wireless technology to communicate with other smart devices and sensors in your household or business. This allows your system to automatically adjust itself, based on a number of custom settings and schedules. The result is increased comfort, convenience and energy efficiency.
Over the past century, we’ve come a long way in controlling the temperature and humidity inside your home. As time has progressed, HVAC systems have become better, more effective and you guessed it – Smarter! These smarter devices have been made to run as part of a Smart Home system or independently of each other. The better the devices integrate with each other, the better they perform and the more money they save.
Your Smart HVAC System is composed of a number of different products which (ideally) work together. At the center of your system is your Smart Thermostat. But for the most efficient homes, these smart systems don’t stop there. Smart vents, humidifiers, and purifiers are all part of the system to ensure your home is working at its optimum when it comes to energy saving.
First of all, smart thermostats hook up to other devices like your phone, tablet, and smart speaker. This allows you to operate them “manually” with an app or simply the sound of your voice. They also will coordinate with other climate control components in your home.
Many times you can set a preference for each member of your household. Smart sensors in each room can differentiate between house members based on their phone location. They can also use this Geofencing Technology to know that you’re approaching or leaving the house.
Oftentimes, your smart thermostats will remind you when it’s time for maintenance, such as replacing your air filter. They will also generate a report which will tell you everything you need to know about how you are consuming your energy, helping your home become as efficient and cost-saving as possible.
Smart water leak detectors are able to detect water and thereby help prevent excess moisture or even flooding that could result from faulty pipes or appliances.
If you’ve ever come home to a soggy basement or found out too late that your kitchen sink or toilet has a slow leak, you know how expensive it can be to repair or replace carpets, flooring, and walls with water damage. Finding leaks before they cause major damage is now easier than ever because of the proliferation of smart home water-sensing devices that send alerts to your phone when they detect moisture. They range in complexity from simple puck-shaped sensors that you place on the floor, to in-line systems that monitor your water flow rate for irregularities that may indicate leaks.
To understand smart vents, you need to understand what traditional vents in your home do. These vents are present in every room as part of your HVAC system. They are used to control the amount of hot or cold air that is being let into specific rooms. Traditional vents need to be manually closed or opened to control airflow in each area of the house. Since it’s the same amount of air that is running through the entire house, closing one vent will force more air out of the other vents.
Smart vents are more efficient and better working versions of their traditional counterparts. They can detect activity in a room and redirect air automatically based on where it is needed and where it is not.
Smart vents work hand-in-hand with smart thermostats as part of a centrally air-conditioned home. The thermostats control the total airflow while the vents control the amount of airflow in any particular room. These vents can be programmed and adjusted according to preference, so each individual in the house can create their desired environment
A smart dehumidifier, in its simplest form simply contains the technology to understand when the humidity level is at its optimum. It will do this by monitoring the humidity levels frequently. It will then make a decision of whether or not to keep running or power off if the desired humidity level has been reached.
Smart Purification & Filtration
Though a lot of smart vents and thermostats can control humidity and air quality, independent, smart humidifiers and purifiers can also be purchased. Air quality is a major concern in homes, and these smart appliances can help you get your home’s air quality at its best.
To be clear here, whole-home humidifiers can be wired into your smart thermostat if you already have one installed. Currently, Nest and Ecobee thermostats aren’t able to control any whole-home purifiers. Either way, there are some great affordable options to add to your smart oasis.
Smart humidifiers and air purifiers can detect humidity and pollution levels in the air and work accordingly. Purifiers can help reduce allergens in the air and help you breathe cleaner, fresher air. Humidifiers work similarly, improving your air quality, making your life at home a lot more comfortable.