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Internet of Things and the Connected Home

Internet of things and the connected home

The Internet of Things, or IoT, has transformed how people interact with their homes. It started with the Internet, but the IoT has also created connected homes that incorporate devices like smart thermostats and intelligent security systems. Understanding how the IoT impacts your Garden City, Georgia, home can help you gain more control over its systems.

What Is the Internet of Things?

The IoT refers to the connectivity of the devices homeowners and businesses use to carry out specific tasks. From wearable technology to smart sensors, these devices can collect data, transmit information, and even control themselves. Although the IoT encompasses a variety of technologies, it has become indispensable to the HVAC industry in particular.

Smart Thermostats Adjust Themselves

Some of the best thermostats on the market, such as the Infinity Touch, have built-in IoT functionality that connects with your home’s Internet service via a wireless router. These devices can regulate themselves based on the best temperatures for comfort and energy efficiency. Some models automatically switch between cooling and heating or display the local weather forecast.

You Can Control Your Home Remotely

Smart and Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats also give you control after you leave your home. The best models come with associated smartphone apps. You can access your temperature settings while you’re at work or on vacation if you forget to make adjustments before you leave. You might also want a thermostat that controls indoor air quality components, such as filtration and humidity.

Data Collection Allows You to Track Energy Usage

The Internet of Things and big data are inherently connected. It’s difficult to make smart changes in your home if you don’t know your energy consumption history. Smart thermostats help by displaying your energy usage statistics. If you’re using too much energy, you can make changes to compensate.

Many of the IoT-related heating and cooling devices on the market “learn” over time, which means you don’t have to worry about them. But all systems need regular maintenance and repair, regardless of whether they’re being monitored as part of a home automation system. If you’d like to talk to us about your HVAC system needs, call McDevitt Air at 877-692-9402.

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