Emerson has been in the thermostat and HVAC controls industry for a while, but today it’s going wireless with an app-controllable WiFi thermostat called the Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat. Like other WiFi thermostats, you can control Sensi using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Emerson says that Sensi is part of a larger play in their platform for the connected home.
“We are really excited about this product today, but maybe more so about the potential it brings our business in the future,” said Ed Purvis, executive vice president at Emerson. “We are already working with partners to develop an Application Programming Interface (API) for energy management solutions, and see this as just a piece of a larger connected home platform for Emerson Climate Technologies.”
How’s it different from all the others? According to Emerson, the Sensi thermostat resolves issues that will open up the market for possible faster adoption of connected home technology. Emerson cites the fact that it runs on two AA batteries as a benefit, meaning you don’t have to rely on continuous wire power from the HVAC system to operate. The company keeps costs for the Sensi down by focusing less on aesthetics, and more on the user interface. The app walks consumers through installation and provisioning steps on their phone. Once connected, you can either set up an energy saving schedule, or control the system with an override command. Sensi is also the first Wi-Fi thermostat to meet the new Energy Aware standards requiring +/- one degree accurate temperature control.
At around $160, it’s definitely an option worth considering for the budget-conscious homeowner.