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]

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