EcoFactor to the Rescue

Smart technology has invaded the once innocuous thermostat. Now thanks to EcoFactor, you don’t have to set the thermostat constantly. They have come up with a thermostat that analyzes the conditions in your home and acts accordingly.

The thermostat can do fairly standard tasks like switch on & off at specified times and temperatures. But it can also monitor the outdoor temperature, the thermal behavior of your home and even the weather forecast. Of course, the unit needs an internet connection to function properly. But the advertised advantage is that it can make your home heating, ventilating, and air conditioning efficient. How efficient? By as much as 30 percent, according to EcoFactor.

For one of the test trials, the thermostat was set to cool a house down to a specific temperature throughout the day. It was then set to bring down the temperature even more, one hour before the occupants returned. The thermostat then determined that that it was more efficient to not run at all until the point where the extra cooling was required. It based this decision on the thermal characteristics of the house.

The thermostat is now available in its test market of Dallas – Fort Worth. The price has been set at $19.95 with six months subscription free. Thereafter, consumers will be charged $8.99 per month for its usage. If that seems like a fair bit of money, think of it this way – by spending a little bit you are reducing a lot of impact on the environment