How does Eco IQ save energy and optimize comfort at the same time?

To better understand how Eco IQ works for you, let’s take a dive into a day in the life of Erin, as she experiences Wiser Air’s Eco IQ feature on a Tuesday in August. Eco IQ learns quickly from Erin’s interactions to ensure that her home is at the right temperature at the right time.

Erin bikes to work, which is a short 10 minute trip from her home. The average temperature during the week of this Tuesday is 88°F, and Erin activated Eco IQ just last week.

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  1. Nighttime Temperature – Throughout the night, the indoor temperature of Erin’s home naturally decreases.
  2. Daytime Heating – Around 9:00 am, daytime heat begins to warm the home.
  3. Wiser Start – Erin bikes home for lunch to feed her dog most workdays, and she arrives around 12:30. The first time she did this with Eco IQ active, Erin pressed the down arrow on the thermostat shortly after arriving to tell Eco IQ to “make it cooler”. Eco IQ not only learned from this behavior, but also calculated how early to begin cooling in the future. When Erin got home on this particular Tuesday at 12:30, Eco IQ made sure she was comfy as soon as she walked in the door.
  4. Comfort Limit – When setting up Eco IQ in the app, Erin told Eco IQ never to allow the home to cool below 74°F. On this Tuesday, that limit was never reached. If it had been, Eco IQ would have stopped exploring there.
  5. Lunch Time – Eco IQ also knows approximately how long Erin is home for lunch. After that first instance of telling Eco IQ to make it cooler, Eco IQ explored by letting the set point drift upwards. On that first encounter, Erin had to press the down set point a second time. Eco IQ then waited a bit longer for the next exploration, when Erin was in fact not at home. Now Eco IQ knows how long to keep Erin comfortable at lunch, and when to start saving energy after lunch.
  6. Energy Saving – Erin usually returns home around 6:30, which Eco IQ learned in the same way as the lunch time pattern was learned. Until that time – it’s energy saving all the way!
  7. Comfort Boost – Today is a bit different; Erin’s son Ray needs to be at a friend’s birthday by 6 pm. Erin bikes home at 5:30. Instead of using the usual method of “make me cooler”, Erin starts a Comfort Boost for immediate comfort. Comfort Boost is designed to handle schedule changes, and is ignored by Eco IQ’s learning behavior.
  8. In for the Night – Eco IQ did not learn from the Comfort Boost; when the Boost completed, Eco IQ’s Wiser Start feature knew how early to start to meet Erin’s desired home temperature. From now until bedtime, Eco IQ optimizes for comfort.
  9. Bedtime – Eco IQ has previously learned that Erin is comfortable at 77°F while sleeping, and maintains that temperature. That additional degree above the usual home temperature of 76°F, discovered by Eco IQ, is pure savings with no impact on comfort.

This day in the life of Erin’s home walks you through how Eco IQ saves energy through exploration while you’re home or away. We also saw how Eco IQ optimizes for comfort with features like Wiser Start, learning your preferences from past button presses and forecasting ahead to keep you comfortable, but also remaining flexible enough to adapt to your changing schedule. Even in the summer heat and with a full work and family schedule, Erin was able to enjoy another successful, cool Tuesday with Eco IQ.

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