Home automation is increasingly common these days as the amount of consumer-focused smart devices continues to increase.
Though automation covers everything from mild controls and safety systems to water leak monitors and door locks, one of the most common automation apparatus is the smart thermostat. These thermostats offer improved climate control and energy savings via programmable adjustments for a range of different scenarios.
There is one issue with the early smart thermostats that were introduced, however: most of them just offered a single point of climate control, not taking into account several common heating and cooling scenarios that require a little more nuanced control. Fortunately, there are other thermostat systems now available that provide smarter climate control options.
Why a Multi-Room Approach is Important
There are a lot of reasons why having a single point of temperature control isn’t always ideal. In some cases, rooms that are farther away from the unit may not get the same level of air flow, especially in older systems; if everything is controlled by a single thermostat located near the air intake then the rooms with reduced air flow won’t get the air that they have to keep pace with the rest of the house.
Similar problems can happen if you have a split system or zoned heating and cooling. It may be a cool 68 in your living room, but rooms that are served by other system elements could be staying in the 70s or higher.
You Will Need a Multi-Room Thermostat
Regardless of the reason, if your thermostat isn’t able to consistently heat or cool your entire home then it is not going to be nearly as efficient as you would like. That’s where a multi-room thermostat system comes in handy.
These thermostats have additional sensors that you can mount in other rooms around the house. These sensors take additional temperature readings and broadcast the data back to the thermostat. The thermostat takes this additional data and adjusts the way it heats and cools your home with a focus on maintaining the entire home’s temperature instead of just the room where the thermostat’s located.
Because the thermostat has information from all around your house, the amount of warm or cool air circulated into each room is adjusted based on the home’s actual needs.
This gives a greater amount of control over the internal temperature of the house, preventing warm and cool spots. It also ensures that adjustments made when you are not in certain rooms or whenever you leave the house are optimized to save you the most money on your heating and cooling expenses.
Taking Control of your Home Climate
There are a number of versions of multi-room thermostats that you can pick from. The initial
Installation shouldn’t be any more complicated than any other thermostat replacement, as the majority of multi-room units use wireless technology to communicate with the central thermostat.
As you don’t have to directly wire the satellite sensors you have a whole lot of freedom in where you place them without having to drill holes and run wires through your walls.
Once the thermostat is installed and all the sensors are in place, all that’s left is to sync the sensors with the central thermostat. How you do this may differ depending on the make and model of thermostat you choose, but each model should have detailed instructions on the best way best to connect the components together. Once everything’s connected, all that’s left is to sit back and enjoy the controlled climate.