Smart(er) thermostats PLUS a bonus: HVAC service via Bluetooth & the Internet

For most people, the smart thermostat is the entry point for home automation. It’s easier than ever to connect your home’s heating and cooling systems to the Internet, allowing homeowners to control their HVAC from nearly anywhere on the planet. But an often-overlooked feature of smart thermostats is their ability to control and optimize themselves, a technology that can lead to valuable energy savings. In your work, are you enabling these features for your clients—or shutting them all off to make the thermostat act like traditional “dumb” controls?

Our session on “Smart Stats” will illustrate why trade allies should have a vested interest in installing this technology and how it can keep you engaged with homeowners for the life of the home. We will dive into the common functions of a smart stat so you can feel more comfortable using one with your clients, and we will also discuss the role of HVAC in the overall home-automation system. You’ll also learn about Focus on Energy incentives and rebate programs for your customers.

As a special bonus, we will demonstrate some HVAC controls that allow the technician to communicate with condensing units and furnaces to get live operational data such as CFM, static pressure, refrigerant temp/pressure, and more. In many cases, this can be done from a technician app with Bluetooth, from the wall thermostat, or even remotely via the Internet.

As a result of this webinar you will be able to:

  1. Explain the benefits of smart HVAC controls
  2. Illustrate energy savings for smart stats
  3. Utilize data to remotely troubleshoot
  4. View real-time operational data without tools

Who should view this webinar?

Residential HVAC contractors, builders, remodelers, architects.


  • Smart thermostats
  • Demonstration of contractor remote access for HVAC service
  • Demonstration of operational service data at thermostat
  • Demonstration of Bluetooth connectivity to A/C

About the presenter

Ryan Hoger

Ryan Hoger
Temperature Equipment Corporation

Ryan Hoger has been with Temperature Equipment Corp. since 1997. He was the 2007-08 president of the Illinois ASHRAE Chapter and is actively involved with several gas/electric utility committees. He has extensive experience with building automation systems (BAS), energy recovery ventilators (ERV), variable refrigerant flow (VRF), demand-controlled ventilation (DCV), and other energy conserving HVAC systems. Ryan has written HVAC articles for various publications and has a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering from the University of Illinois.


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