Smart HVAC products are quickly gaining traction in the architecture and design industry. From air curtains to smart thermostats, managing heating and cooling systems has never been easier. Smart Thermostat Momit Connect Smart Thermostat to any smartphone, tablet, or PC and control HVAC systems with your fingertips. This thermostat features three modes—Smart, Ambient, and Presence—that are energy efficient. It’s designed with a glass finish, six display options, detectable sensors, and 30 easy-to-use features. Model AB Reznor Designed for installation over docks and bays, these industrial air curtains block wind from entering buildings to help keep cool air indoors during warm months. The air curtains are powered by gas or propane and can run in a blower-only mode. Model AB comes in two sizes, which can be joined together to reach a maximum width of 22 feet. V-Series Allied Air Enterprises New to the Magic-Pak family, V-Series is a heating and cooling single-packaged vertical unit that’s made for both multifamily and mixed-use environments. It’s available in 1-, 1.5-, 2-, and 2.5-ton capacities and both gas-electric unit and electric-electric unit options. The V-Series efficiencies range from 9.2 to 11.0 EER and 80 to 90 percent TE. ecobee3 ecobee This smart thermostat includes wireless remote sensors that measure the temperature in a variety of rooms, allowing homeowners to remotely adjust heating, cooling, humidity, and fan settings with ecobee’s residential mobile app. Users can access multiple thermostats at once and schedule HVAC settings for long and short periods of time. Trilogy 45 Q-Mode ClimateMaster This geothermal heat pump system features more than 25 unit settings and iGate Connect, which allows the user to control the system via WiFi. Available in vertical-upflow, vertical-downflow, and horizontal compositions, this system sucks in heat from a designated space and stores it in the iGate Smart Tank hot water storage tank for use. Lyric Honeywell Lyric is an interactive thermostat that allows the user to remotely adjust heating, cooling, and humidity settings in a matter of seconds. The easy-to-use device features a three-inch round glass face, smart cues, geofencing technology, and a motion-sensing, illuminated display.
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The once-prosaic thermostat has become a high profile design object as of late. As a critical gateway for the "Internet of Things" and the world of the connected home, it's increasingly seen as an HVAC status symbol. With his new scheme for the Hive for British Gas, Yves Béhar takes a step back from the fray and focuses on the unit's ease of use. Compared to the first learning thermostat, Nest, and its smart-home spawn, Hive takes a low-key approach to aesthetics—but does so via some fairly fancy interface technology. Until it is touched, the face of the unit remains a blank, mirror-like surface. Changeable frames for the Hive (above) work to bring the user into the experience and put them in control of the device—not vice versa. Nest's hardware and interface are resolutely minimalist—indisputably a factor in its success in the marketplace (it's estimated that 10,000 units are sold every day)—but graphically, it's more heavy-handed and generic. The Ecobee3 wi-fi thermostat features remote mini-monitors that track the temperature in more than one room of the house. Occupancy sensors help save energy and reduce operating costs. The device's rounded corners and a cutesy insect icon convey an emphasis less on science and more on everyday accessibility. From the originator of the original Round thermostat (which was designed by Henry Dreyfuss), the Lyric has geofencing capability, which enables the device to adjust automatically, based on the location of the user's smartphone. By inverting the dome profile of Dreyfuss' 1953 icon, the design pays homage to a classic while supporting today's technology.