WiFi thermostat from Lennox

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Heating and cooling company Lennox launched its new device – WiFi enabled thermostat icomfort. It allows home owners control cooling or heating in one click directly from device (thanks to color touchscreen) or remotely via web interface or smartphone application.

The icomfort not just control heating, air-conditioning, air purification systems or dehumidifiers but it can notify consumers or installers about repairs or maintenance needs. Also it displays a real-time weather information plus five days forecast for better adjustment of temperature. The Lennox thermostat automatically checks firmware updates and allows skin customization to fit in your style.

[via SlashGear]

Sexy learning thermostat with iPod style

Nest Labs Thermostat

Californian start-up Nest Labs launched world’s first learning thermostat Nest. It looks very attractive and uses the same approach for user interaction as iPod (company’s founders – two ex-Apple employees from the iPod team). The thermostat is extremely simple in installation and easy in use. Moreover, it learns your temperature preferences during the fist week and then starts build the temperature schedule automatically based on previous data. Sure you have ability to adjust it manually.

Thanks to built-in WiFi adapter and special apps you may control the Nest from iOS or Android devices as well as from web-based interface. Also it can be integrated to the whole home automation system.

The thermostat Nest will be available in the middle of November at $249.00. Taking into account its price, design, learning feature and DIY segmentation we can say that it’s possible the best approach for your apartments or house to add climate-control and save money.

Check a few demo videos after break.
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Low Cost Thermostatic Electronic Radiator Valve

Thermostatic Electronic Radiator Valve

British company Chalmor recently launched low cost and elegant thermostatic electronic radiator valve eTRV. It’ll be good option for home owners who would like to control heating system but don’t want to have any complicated control system.

The eTRV is controlled by slim remote control which allows to setup desire temperature mode and get feedback about current one. It costs just £60 and can swap easily existing thermostatic radiator valves. The Chalmor tells using of the eTRV might save on gas or oil central heating costs by typically between 15% and 25%.

If you’re interesting to use the eTRV you may buy it on Chalmor web site as well as get more info about it and its remote control.

[via AutomatedHome]

A New Generation of Energy Efficient Thermostats

HAI Thermostat

HAI (Home Automation, Inc.) has been introduced its new energy efficient line of its thermostats – Omnistat2 at the CES2008 last January. It was named an Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award honoree in the Home Appliances product category by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The Omnistat RC-1000 supports conventional and heat pump systems, and dual fuel with 2nd stage auxiliary heat. The Omnistat RC-2000 has all of the features of the 1000 but adds humidity control and supports 2 stage conventional and 2 stage heat pump with 3rd stage auxiliary heat systems.

The Omnistat2 is a 7-day programmable communicating thermostat designed to precisely control the temperature and humidity within the home. It can “learns” a home’s heating and cooling patterns and adjusts control to maximize both the HVAC system’s efficiency and the occupants’ comfort.

The Omnistat2 is able to communicate with HAI and most home control systems (it’s good if you prefer different smarthome software) for coordination of energy savings with daily activities, such as “Home”, “Away”, or “Vacation”. It can be controlled from within the house or remotely through the telephone or Internet through HAI’s control systems and accessories. Additionally it can communicate with utility metering systems to allow for real time energy cost and usage to be displayed directly on the thermostat. So, homeowners can visualize and understand their consumption, and to be able to reduce it whenever possible.

The first two models in the Omnistat2 line, the RC-1000 and RC-2000 will be shipping in the second quarter of 2008. The price is not tagged yet.

[via Electronic House]

Add INSTEON compatibility to your thermostat

INSTEON Thermostat Adapter

INSTEON Thermostat Adapter offers a simple and efficient way to add your Totaline / Venstar thermostat into your INSTEON network. It’s plugged into the jack on the bottom the thermostat and should be linked to the INSTEON controller, using INSTEON’s simple Plug-n-Tap setup. After that you’ll able to control the temperature from the controller and receive back its current value.

The INSTEON Thermostat Adapter doesn’t require battery. It’s powered by the thermostat. Just note that the INSTEON Thermostat Adapter is not compatible with X10.

The INSTEON Thermostat Adapter is expected to be available from 15/02/2008 at price $99.99.

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