DIY Home Automation: The Thermostat

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Now that the Fall is here and in full effect, we are tapering off the need for the air conditioning and turning on the heat. This got my mind working on all the new products that are available in the realm of home automation and the thermostat. I have several friends that have a Nest thermostat and we have reviewed that here on this site a while back. I like the Nest, but it does not connect to the Nexia Home Automation system that I currently use. Nexia runs on the Z-Wave protocol. Also, I really love have a one glance dashboard on my mobile device that shows me the status of the entire house.

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To keep with this train of thought, I picked up the new Trane Comfort Control thermostat. The one I received is pictured in this review, model XL624. So far, I have been very pleased with the results. The XL624, in its most basic form, is a great touchscreen programmable thermostat. It has all the basic features that you would expect in a programmable system and the touchscreen menus are easy to navigate.

appThe programmed scheduler allows you to set the times for 4 daily heating and cooling schedules (wake, day, evening and night-time) and temperature settings for each day of the week individually – it also has a feature that allows you to copy one day’s schedule to another day of the week, simplifying the setup. The AC has not kicked on since my installation, but the heat has worked like a charm.

Next you have the ability to connect the thermostat to the Nexia Bridge and the Home Automation System. The setup is simple, just like the rest of the Z-Wave products. Then all of the thermostats information is relayed to the internet and all connect mobile devices. This allows for total control and monitoring from anywhere. I the app, you can control all of the same features that are available directly from the thermostat itself. You can even adjust schedules and temperature.

If you are looking to upgrade to a home automation system, you owe it to yourself to check out the Nexia System and the wide selection of new Trane thermostats. You can find more information here at: Trane.com

Disclosure: After expressing an interest in a Z-Wave compatible thermostat, I was sent the XL624 for review purposes.

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