Smart thermostats are one of the most exciting tech devices on the market. When Trane released its first smart thermostat, Popular Mechanics dubbed it one of “The Year’s Most Transformative Products.” Nearly a decade later, these devices are revolutionizing homes in Columbia, South Carolina. Let Krantz Kooling and Heating show you how Trane’s connected thermostats might fit into your life.

Features and Basics of Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat does more than create a programmed heating and cooling schedule. It doesn’t merely allow you to adjust the temperature using a computer, tablet or smartphone from anywhere in the world. Connected thermostats maximize the performance of multi-stage furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners. They support zoned heating and cooling and automatically adjust whole-house dehumidifiers, ventilators and air-quality products for optimal comfort. Smart thermostats even let you lock the doors, turn off the lights and monitor your security cameras.

Using a Smart Thermostat to Power a Home Automation System

Trane makes two types of connected controls that work with HVAC systems from all manufacturers. The XL824, ComfortLink II XL850 and ComfortLink II XL1050 feature built-in bridges that support up to 200 smart devices. The XL624 and ComfortLink II XL950 require a stand-alone bridge.

It’s free to use Nexia’s Remote Climate Access service that lets you adjust the temperature and monitor the system’s performance. If you want to create an automated home, you’ll need a monthly subscription.

Compatible Home Automation Devices

The beauty of this technology is that it speaks the Z-Wave language. This nearly universal framework lets you add smart light bulbs, security cameras, motion detectors, deadbolts and smoke alarms to your automation network. Trane’s connected thermostats are also compatible with voice-enabled Alexa devices.

There’s no limit to what a home automation system can accomplish. If you’re interested in upgrading your comfort, lowering your energy bills or creating a smart home, check out our range of connected thermostats, or give Krantz a call.

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