A thermostat technology that’s intended to significantly reduce energy bills is about to become available for use in actual homes.
EcoFactor, the developer of a software platform for a two-way “smart” thermostat, announced Thursday its dynamic system for regulating home heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems will be offered through a pilot project in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, metro area.
In addition to turning heat or air conditioning on and off at set times or specified temperatures, the system monitors the thermal behavior of the home, as well as daily outdoor temperatures and weather forecasts. It analyzes the data as well–according to EcoFactor, that includes “24,000 points of data each day from individual homes, local weather stations and numerous other geographic inputs.” EcoFactor has said its program, which requires an Internet connection, can make an HVAC system 20 percent to 30 percent more efficient then a thermostat set by humans alone.
While the system allows users to log in from any Internet-connected mobile phone or computer to check and change usage habits, the thermostat system can also be set to self-regulate as it learns a home’s habits without users having to monitor it.