What comes to mind when GPS is mentioned? Cars and maps, right? But what about GPS and the smart thermostat? That is right. A home owner can use GPS to control their smart thermostat around the house. How is this possible? The website, Smart Home talks about geofencing. They break it down with this definition,
Geofencing – will trigger your thermostat to turn your HVAC system on based on your GPS location (using your smartphone
Protect America took a look through four smart thermostats that utilize geofencing. The search was a tough one. It seemed to be that geofencing and GPS seem to be new features with the world of smart thermostats. But, these elements have to start somewhere. Here is what they selected:
Honeywell first started back in 1906 in New Jersey. They have their Honeywell Lyric Round. The geofencing is highly praised among critics and customers. With dimensions at 3.75 x 3.75 x 1 in, the Lyric Round is compatible with the heat pump, oil, hot water, and gas. The sensors control temperature, humidity, and air filter. Lyric Round’s automation is friendly with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Echo, IFTTT, and Samsung SmartThings. The thermostat does not require a C-wire. Its warranty only lasts for one year. The Lyric Round’s highest points are the automatic energy saving with the geofencing fate, filer-change alerts, and the custom shortcuts. The downsides are high price and the reports of issues with the HomeKit. Thermostat can be purchased on Amazon for $249.
Ecobee was first founded in 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Ecobee3 also uses the geofencing as well. This could be in competition with the Nest brand with its room sensors that allow it to deliver heating and cooling to certain rooms as opposed to the whole house. This little trick could save money. With dimensions at 3.93 x 3.93 x 0.87 in, the Ecobee3 is compatible with gas, oil, electric, conventional, and the heat pump. The sensors control temperature and humidity. Ecobee3’s automation is friendly with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Echo, IFTTT, Wink, and Samsung SmartThings. The thermostat does not require a C-wire. Its warranty lasts for three years. The highest points are the ability to connect to up to thirty-two remote sensors, comprehensive home automation integration, and occupancy detection for more efficient energy use. The downsides are the high price and there is no professional installation provided. So you are on your own. Thermostat can be purchased on Amazon for $249.
Nest started out in 2010 in California and is owned by Google. They have the Nest Learning Thermostat. Just like the other two, this thermostat also utilizes geofencing technology. After adjusting the temperature to how the home owner wants it for the first few days, the thermostat takes over working on its own from there. With dimensions at 3.3 x 3.3 x 1.2 in, the Learning Thermostat is compatible with gas, electric, forced air, heat pump, radiant, oil, hot water, solar, and geothermal. The sensors control temperature, humidity, near- and far-field activity, and ambient light. The Learning Thermostat’s automation is friendly with Amazon Echo and Google Home. Its warranty lasts for two years and is limited. The thermostat does not require a C-wire. The Learning Thermostat’s highest points are sleek, aesthetic design, mobile control, compatibility with a wide range of HVAC systems, and the energy-saving mode. The downsides are the high price, limited warranty, and no remote room sensors. Thermostat can be purchased on Amazon for $250.
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