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Airzone Now Easier to
Integrate with Google
Nest Thermostats
HVAC SOLUTIONS provider
Airzone Control is
launching a new integration
between the Airzone Aidoo
Pro and the full portfolio of
Google Nest thermostats,
enabling bi-directional communication
between the
inverter/VRF and popular
mini split HVAC units that
follow integrations with
Crestron and Lutron home
systems.
Airzone says the
integration solves a
key communications
issue between the
technologies.
According to the Miami,
Fla.-based company, the integration
serves a fast-growing
market in HVAC control.
Airzone says the Google
Nest integration solves a key
issue, as those two technologies
were developed in
isolated environments and
systems don't communicate
complex instructions
effectively due to inadequate
two-way communication,
making inverter/
VRF and mini split solutions
deployed with a smart thercepro.com
mostat
incompatible.
According to Airzone,
smart thermostats and
HVAC units speak different
languages. Inverter/VRF and
mini split HVAC systems
are typically adjusted with
their own communication
protocol, and the output for
smart thermostats are dry
contact closures, creating
a communication gap between
the two systems.
Essentially, the smart
thermostat is unable to
provide information about
how hard the system should
be working or the deviation
from the desired set
point temperature, and the
system isn't able to modulate
output to match the
temperature needs of an
environment. The air handling
unit becomes forced
to operate at maximum
capacity, creating inefficiency
and discomfort.
Airzone says the Aidoo
Pro, a system add-on that
sits between the HVAC
system and Google Nest
thermostat, acts as a conduit
between the HVAC
system and IoT to preserve
inverter/VRF features while
meeting user demand for
smart control.
The company's library
of manufacturer-certified
HVAC protocols enables full
bi-directional communication
between the Aidoo Pro,
the HVAC system, and the
Google Nest Thermostat,
Airzone says.
Kohler Shows More
Smart 'Spa' Solutions
at CES 2024
KOHLER BROUGHT a slew of new smart home wellness
products to its booth at CES 2024, most notably, a sizeable
upgrade to its smart shower system, Anthem, that employs
new features including more customization in the showering
experience and many preset showering experiences.
Integrators may already be acquainted with the Anthem
Shower from Kohler's appearances at KBIS 2022 and CEDIA
Expo 2022; however, the Anthem+ adds a few new features.
Designed to create an " in-home spa experience, " the
shower employs a digital control system that controls water,
light, sound and steam in a single system. The touchscreen
allows for the development of multiple preset profiles for
one touch shower experiences, which users can configure
from the Kohler Konnect app.
Additionally, Kohler showcased more unique smart bathroom
solutions at CES including a voice-activated bidet seat
and smart bathroom fan.
Contrasting the recently launched Numi 2.0 smart bidet,
the PureWash Bidet Seat is meant to be a more wallet-friendly
option for those seeking a bidet in their home
without having to completely replace their old toilet fixture.
The PureWash Smart Bidet seat offers heated seating
and contactless opening and fits neatly over the toilet
with black or white color finishes. The newly added voice
control features work through either Alexa or Google
Home and allow for hands-free control of the spray, dryer,
and UV cleaning.
The Anthem+ adds new functionalities to the Kohler
smart shower system.
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