Maybe you believe you already have the ultimate home automation system. After all, the perfect lighting, security and audio/visual components are conveniently at your fingertips. So what else do I need, you may ask?


Perhaps you are building or remodeling a home, and are spending great amounts of time selecting new fixtures, furniture and floor coverings. Maybe you also are considering automation in the form of a home theater, or some special lighting effects.

In either of the examples above, one of the best choices you can make is to automate your heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Just think about it: No more walking around to reset or program each thermostat. Automated HVAC gives you the same convenience and control of your indoor heating and cooling system as you may already have with your lighting or security setup.

Any home that has three or more thermostats or uses multiple heating and air conditioning units can benefit from HVAC automation – and adding the ease of automation to your indoor air is easier than you might imagine. If you’re really serious about home technology, your system won’t be complete without HVAC automation. Once you’ve added it, you will have complete system information at-a-glance from all of your thermostats on the central system panel.

Today’s better quality systems provide open protocols that allow complete compatibility with virtually all standard automation packages, and operate with nearly any make or model of heating or cooling system. Today’s systems also are simple to wire. Typically, a single CAT-5 wire is home run back to a wiring bus that plugs directly into the automation system.

Stand-alone heating and cooling performance is an absolute must when selecting an HVAC automation system. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that the HVAC system can operate independently from the central automation system. (Let’s face it, even the best computer or automation system has an occasional hiccup or may inadvertently be shut off.) In addition, temperature settings can be customized within the system to fit your lifestyle. This provides a great opportunity for energy savings.

Another item to consider when automating your HVAC is support. A quality system offers the support you need for full integration. Top manufacturers provide you with integration expertise, as well as a complete network of HVAC professionals. Be sure to discuss HVAC automation upfront with your HVAC installer.

Not only is HVAC the one home automation subsystem that can assure your comfort – it also is the only subsystem that pays for itself. Think about it this way: Most of us wouldn’t be able to afford such sophisticated automation if we were in the habit of throwing away our money. Yet that is just what you are doing if you don’t set back your thermostats when areas are unoccupied.

Aprilaire Communicating Thermostats offer complete compatibility with most leading home automation systems for true whole-house automation. Aprilaire also allows you to receive temporary messages like caller ID, weather data and security system status – all from a convenient message display.

If you’re building a new home or remodeling your current home, maximize your comfort and energy savings by incorporating automated HVAC. You’ll be glad you did!

To learn more about automated HVAC, visit Joe Hlavacek is a product manager for Research Products Corporation, manufacturer of Aprilaire brand indoor air comfort accessories.