Smart thermostats come in many shapes and sizes with varying levels of complexity and functionality. We outline some of the important considerations when selecting a smart thermostat.
#1 How many HVAC systems do you want to control?
This is important because many smart thermostats only support a single thermostat per account. If you have 2 thermostats in a house (e.g ground and upper floor) and another in a vacation home you will want to select a solution that supports multiple thermostats and sites. The TrickleStar® Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat™
and TrickleStar® Portal™
support multiple thermostats across multiple sites.
#2 How many people will be using the thermostat on mobile devices?
In larger households, you want to provide multiple occupants with the ability to control the HVAC via an App on a smartphone. Some thermostats only allow for a single user to control the thermostat which can be frustrating. Similarly, many thermostats allow multiple users, but give all users access to all functionality. Do you really want your 12 year old to be able to adjust schedules and setpoints? The TrickleStar® App™
supports multiple users with basic controls over setpoints and occupancy modes while the TrickleStar© Portal™
supports full functionality for a single admin user who can configure the ‘rules’ for how the system is to operate. When using advanced energy-saving features like geo-fencing, multi-user support is especially important. No-one wants to have multiple users at home but geo-fencing is enabled when only one person leaves or returns to the home.