Geofencing technology is a powerful tool that can be used in a variety of ways, including home automation. More specifically, for automated climate control using smart thermostats equipped with geofencing technology. Using this technology, thermostats can adjust the temperature automatically based on your location. While there are some drawbacks to consider, there are benefits to having this technology. Read on to find out more about thermostats with geofencing capabilities.
What is Geofencing?
Geofencing is a location-based technology that allows businesses and organizations to create virtual boundaries or “fences” around physical locations, such as stores, events, or buildings, using GPS or radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. It can be used for a variety of purposes, including marketing and advertising, safety and security, and logistics and fleet management.
In marketing and advertising applications, once a user enters or exits these predefined geographic areas or boundaries, geofencing technology can trigger automated actions, such as sending notifications, messages, or alerts to the user’s mobile device or other connected devices.
For example, a retailer may use geofencing to send targeted promotions or coupons to customers when they’re near a store. In another application, a construction company could use it to ensure that workers are staying within designated job sites.
Geofencing Technology in Your Smart Thermostat
This technology is used in smart thermostats to provide personalized heating and cooling control based on your location. It works by setting up a geofence around your home and the thermostat detecting when you are leaving or arriving. Based on your location, the thermostat adjusts the temperature accordingly.
Pros & Cons of a Thermostat with Geofencing Technology
The main benefit of a thermostat with geofencing technology is that it means you don’t have to schedule or manually adjust your thermostat. Rather than program your thermostat to turn off or on or up or down at certain times, a thermostat with geofencing will do this automatically for you. This allows you to be more flexible and come and go as you please without having to worry about adjusting your thermostat every time.
Whenever you enter the specified boundary or location, your HVAC system will adjust itself on its own. It also adjusts gradually, which is easier on your system. This can result in less wear and tear, and therefore, fewer repairs.
There are some drawbacks to having a thermostat with geofencing technology. First, everyone in the household would be required to have a smartphone in order for the system to recognize each person’s location. This isn’t a major setback since most people have smartphones nowadays. The other drawback is that geofencing doesn’t account for temperature changes at bedtime. So, if you normally set the thermostat to a lower temperature when you go to bed, you’ll still have to do so each night.
All Sorts of Thermostats & Controls at Harding
If this sounds handy to you, talk to us about how to go about installing a thermostat with geofencing technology. If you’re not sure, we can provide expert advice. Team Harding carries a variety of thermostats, including programmable and smart thermostats, so we can help you select and install the one that fits the needs of your family.
Team Harding has been Ottawa’s leading home comfort specialist since 1994. We are a family-owned and operated local business and all of our installers and technicians are fully licensed.