Getting Comfortable—with Beautiful New Climate Control

April 16, 2015

This post comes to us from Lisa Montgomery, Senior Editor at Electronic House and freelance home technology writer.

Thermostats have come a long way in terms of user friendliness. Case in point: Control4’s new wireless thermostat, developed jointly with HVAC-experts, Aprilaire, offers a slew of scheduling options that are simple to set up. It’s a fairly “set it and forget it” experience. But as any busy family knows, schedules are rarely this rigid. They often fall apart and must be quickly readjusted. For this reason, it’s helpful to have a more flexible, family-friendly mode of control—one that allows you to adjust on the fly so that the climate in your house is comfortable at all times, no matter how your day unfolds.

It’s not a new thing to be able to control your home’s temperature from a touch screen or handheld device—that’s a feature Control4 has been delivering to customers for years. But they’ve just rolled out an enhanced experience through a new user-interface, providing a powerful and beautiful way to sync the thermostats in your home to the fluctuations in your household routines. An engaging, sleek touch screen provides you with access to the climate in your house, including the current temperature settings, fresh air control, and humidity. You can also access this UI on the screen of your home’s TVs or any Control4 touch screen—an intuitive new interface that would be impossible to squeeze on the LCD screen of a thermostat.

The new comfort experience not only shows you what’s happening, it allows you to quickly alter the temperature settings—without having to go back into the program to create an entirely new schedule. The user-interface invites you to create a variety of “presets” that can be launched at any time of the day or with one quick tap. These can be designed around certain activities that take place in your home; for example, an “Exercise” preset could instruct the thermostat to lower the temperature for workout while a “Movie” preset adjusts the climate in the media room. All you do is tap the appropriate preset on a touch screen whenever you’re ready—there’s no need to stick to a schedule to feel comfortable.

A useful feature of the new Control4 wireless thermostat is the ability to hide it in the utility closet and use a remote temperature sensor to gather data about room temperature, because sometimes the best thermostat is the thermostat you cannot see. All the climate controls are right at your fingertips on a touch screen or smartphone. Stowed out of sight, the thermostat receives cues from small, inconspicuous disc-shaped temperature sensors. Able to be painted over, they blend right in with the wall surface. It’s a design concept that clears up what’s commonly referred to as “wall acne,” and lets the decor of a room, not the technology, be the main attraction.

This amazing new experience adapts to your lifestyle easily and puts you in complete, hassle-free control of your home environment.

For more information about how the incredible new comfort solution can enhance your home, register to join Control4 at an exclusive online event:

The Smarter Living Experience

on April 22 at 7pm ET / 5pm MT.

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