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Thermostat Strategies Impact on Energy Consumption in Residential Buildings

hvac control systemsThese days, we see an emerging technology in the HVAC control systems used in residential buildings. This is the introduction of sensing, communicating and computing devices. This complete set which includes software, devices and services are called collectively as ‘smart thermostat’.

A research was recently conducted by the BPA, exploring the possible benefits completed through initial assessment together with partners from various national research groups. The objectives of the research include possible development of different methods used in the measurement and the verification of the impact of thermostat strategies on energy consumption in residential buildings. On the website Thermostatistics, you can find the newest smart thermostat models for your home.

The Goal

The goal of the study conducted was to prove whether or not the hypothesis was correct. The hypothesis involves the potential improvement when it comes to efficiency after replacing a manual control in a residential building with an automated control using an especially designed digital device that is connected to a software.

This only means that the smart thermostat system has to meet the needs of the occupant by means of gathering data via the user interface and sensors. It also focuses on analyzing the needs and characteristics of the building, while automating the control of the HVAC systems. When all of these factors are met, the users would be able to take advantage of the ease-of-use, efficiency, information, automation, as well as the empowerment of other behaviors, including remote monitoring.

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Methods for Measurement

The so-called traditional methods in the assessment of technology, including the use of controlled and random trials, are not applied accordingly to the new generation of controls that are software based, alongside some related services. As such, research organizations have sought to create a unit of measurement that will determine the efficiency in residential HVAC systems, including methods for the evaluation, especially during the operation through the analysis of data coming from the networked thermostats, using a particular rating stem, such as miles per gallon.

How Does Smart Thermostat Work?

smart thermostat worksIf you are not yet aware how these smart thermostats work, the first thing that might come into your mind as you enter a house that has one is that they are magical devices which completely changes the way the house is operated. While this might be true, there is also science behind the technology implemented.

These smart thermostats allow homeowners to change different thermostat settings right from your smartphone, computer or other mobile devices. Other systems can be operated using Voice, using devices built for this purpose. This can offer a higher convenience level, since you can do things such as turning up the AC as you are nearing home. You may also increase the temperature as you curl up on your couch, without the need to walk around to press a switch.

usageMost designs of smart thermostats give you the ability to view usage history, thus allowing you to track the specific time when your heating or cooling spiked up, providing you a better understanding as to how often the system is running, and your possible energy consumption for the month. This, in turn, gives you the ability to learn more about your adjustment habits.

Energy Consumption

energy consumption.Aside from the fact that a smart thermostat technology can make your life more convenient, it can also give you better control on your finances. Of course, you need to expect investing initially on the equipment. The good part is that it can save you money eventually. How so? Smart thermostats have been marketed with the capacity to save money on energy consumption.

This is because smart thermostat system learns the user’s adjustment habits, while optimizing heating and cooling. While a standard programmable thermostat may have the capability to do so, the system may become challenging to program with all of those buttons. On the other hand, smart thermostats are easier and quicker to setup and program.

Bottomline

Of course, implementing a smart thermostat system still requires some factors to be taken into consideration. For instance, your home should be designed in a way that will accommodate the devices and equipment. If not, you may have to expect spending a little bit more to make everything work. However, if you are looking forward to witnessing the impact of this thermostat strategy on energy consumption, this is a good opportunity for you.