A new thermostat from Schneider Electric "learns" homeowners preferences for heating and cooling and adjusts accordingly.
The Eco IQ feature of the company's Wiser Air Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat takes the guesswork out of determining what temperature is optimal for users by quickly learning from homeowner feedback how to create a comfortable heating and cooling plan. Instead of requiring users to constantly enter desired temperature set points – a common requirement of most commercially available smart thermostats on the market today – users now only need to provide feedback when they’re not comfortable.
Unlike other smart thermostats, Eco IQ constantly manages and adjusts temperatures, freeing users from the burden of having to constantly provide feedback. This helps users create an optimal environment and maximize energy savings all day long – not just when they are away from their homes, says the firm.
In addition to producing a more comfortable and efficient environment, Wiser Air with Eco IQ combines Schneider Electric’s weather service to determine how long it takes to change the temperature in the home in all types of weather. This allows the system to plan ahead to start heating or cooling just in time to hit users’ preferred target temperatures.
Existing Wiser Air users will receive an update that includes Eco IQ and later this summer, Wiser Air will seamlessly sync with Amazon Alexa, which will enable voice control of Wiser Air. Users will be able to take advantage of this new feature with their current devices through Wiser Air’s automatic updates.