The next step in HVAC convenience and home energy efficiency, thermostat geofencing automatically tracks your comings and goings to make sure your house is already comfortable every time you walk in the door. Unlike a basic programmable thermostat that requires you to input a fixed daily schedule, thermostat geofencing automatically “knows” when you’ve left the house and also when you’re on your way back home.
Location-Based Home-Comfort Control
The GPS chip inside your smartphone knows your location at all times. A geofencing thermostat integrates a dedicated phone app which reports that location to an existing smart home system such as Nest, Ecobee, or many HVAC manufacturer’s systems. The system then instructs the home thermostat to execute appropriate temperature adjustments as you enter or leave the preset geographic boundary.
- For a typical use, you might set a three-mile “geofence” around your home. After you leave the house and travel three miles away as indicated by cellphone location, the thermostat receives notice and reduces the indoor temperature to a preset level appropriate for an unoccupied house.
- Later, as you head back home and cross that three-mile boundary, the thermostat is alerted that you’re on your way. It automatically begins warming the house back up so it’s already at a comfortable temperature when you walk in the door.
- What about multiple occupants? The geofencing thermostat can be programmed to identify and accommodate the number of persons normally in the house. The system continuously records all arrivals and departures within the geofenced area. Therefore, it always knows when the last person has left, as well as the first person crossing the geofence boundary to return home again.
Thermostat geofencing fine-tunes convenience, temperature control, and energy consumption based on real-time home occupancy, as opposed to an inflexible programmed timetable. Geofencing automatically accommodates fluctuating daily schedules and the arrivals and departures of multiple persons without any user input, ensuring that indoor temperatures are always appropriate and efficient.
For more information about the pros and cons of thermostat geofencing, contact the HVAC professionals at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc.