Thermostat and HVAC controls company Emerson released its first universal Wi-Fi thermostat. The Sensi smart thermostat and app give homeowners remote access from smart phones, tablets or PC’s, and marks Emerson’s entry into a product category expected to grow to $600 million globally by 2018, according to ABI Research.
Emerson’s knowledge of power management in HVAC controls resulted in the first Wi-Fi thermostat that can operate on two standard replaceable AA batteries. This means a consumer, in most cases, can use existing wiring in the home and not have to rely on continuous common wire power from the HVAC system to operate.
Emerson was able to keep product hardware cost in line with more traditional thermostats. The app walks consumers through easy installation and provisioning steps on their phone. Once connected, a homeowner can either set up an energy saving schedule, or control the system with a simple override command, avoiding wasteful energy usage.