Even though the smart home floor at CES was thoroughly wrapped around home security and wellness products, there are still a few smart home thermostats that were introduced for 2018.
The new thermostats come with dashing design solutions and remarkable voice control options. Is that enough to move Nest, ecobee, and Honeywell from the top of the mountain? Maybe not, however let’s take a closer look at the new thermostats to see what they have to offer.
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Alarm.com Smart Thermostat
Alarm.com announced a new thermostat that can help you maintain a healthy home environment. Besides energy-saving capabilities, the thermostat can detect if there’s something wrong with your HVAC system and notify you at the first sign of trouble.
How will it know about potential threads? The thermostat uses remote sensors to read the temperature and humidity levels. This way it’ll distribute the heat/cold evenly between the rooms while also alerting you about above-average humidity levels that could cause mold. It’ll also notify you about dangerously low winter temperatures that can often lead to frozen and burst water pipes.
The thermostat is sold as part of the Alarm.com smart home package of products, so it’ll use all the security sensors around the home to respond to different activities and conditions.
Brief Overview of the Alarm.com Smart Thermostat:
- HVAC safeguards
- Mold protection
- Energy saver
- Maintains comfortable room temperatures
- Reacts to your location in real-time
- Saves when you open a window
- Protects you from smoke and CO2
For more details check the Alarm.com Smart Thermostat YouTube video.
GLAS by Johnson Controls
Unlike other thermostats, the GLAS is a truly unique thermostat — it has a 5.9-inch translucent OLED touchscreen display to control its functions. When the screen is not in use, it seamlessly blends in with any environment.
There are three ways to control the GLAS thermostat: via the touchscreen, by mobile app, or by voice. The thermostat is powered by Windows 10 IoT Core and has the built-in Microsoft voice-enabled digital assistant, Cortana. So you can easily adjust the temperature, check indoor/outdoor air quality, and perform other functions using just your voice.
GLAS is especially helpful for asthma or allergy sufferers as it reports tree, grass, and ragweed pollen outdoors as well as monitors humidity, tVOC and eCO2 levels indoors. All these readings help GLAS ensure more comfortable breathing.
The thermostat has already earned a CES Innovation Award Honoree designation and will be available for pre-order in March 2018 for $319.
Check out the GLAS thermostat YouTube video.
Brief Overview of the GLAS by Johnson Controls:
- Vibrant translucent OLED touchscreen
- Voice control your smart home with Cortana
- Saves energy
- Smart scheduling
- Air quality monitoring
- Energy saving reports
- Mobile access
For more details check the GLAS thermostat landing page.
CES 2018: Smart Home Thermostats — Our Thoughts
Having a thermostat that you can control remotely from your phone is not enough in 2018. It looks like the new standard for thermostats is a built-in voice assistant and using a bunch of sensors to support your wellbeing.
Voice control is slowly taking over smart home tech. But do you really need a voice assistant in your thermostat? It really feels like it’s just the beginning and that the year 2018 will bring us many new thermostats (with even newer features) from leading companies along the way.
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