Venstar Adds Features to ColorTouch Thermostats

New Features Include Home and Away Buttons, Real-time Weather, Remote Firmware Upgrades and Humidity Support

 

CHATSWORTH, CA Venstar, a leading thermostat and energy management systems supplier, today announced that it has added “Home” and “Away” buttons to its ColorTouch touchscreen programmable thermostats, giving users access to easy, one-touch programming.

“Venstar’s new ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ buttons make it easy for users to instantly set their ColorTouch thermostats with just one touch,” said Steve Dushane, Venstar’s CEO.  “One-touch buttons make the ColorTouch programmable thermostat even easier to use and control, which helps users save on their utility bills.”

Users simply press the “Home” button when they arrive home, and the ColorTouch instantly goes to the pre-set occupied, comfort settings. Users press the “Away” button when they leave, and the thermostat will instantly go to the pre-set unoccupied status.

Venstar is also pleased to announce the new Supply Air Alert feature, which sends an email alert to the designated user when the supply air temperature (the air coming from the HVAC equipment) is not adequate. The user or installer can set temperature thresholds for both heating and cooling. If the HVAC equipment fails to meet one of these thresholds, it is a strong indicator that service is needed.

This new update comes standard with new ColorTouch residential thermostats (T5900 model). Previous ColorTouch T5800 models can be updated. Anytime a new update is available, a notification will appear on the thermostat screen along with simple prompts to help the user make the update.

Venstar has also added real-time weather and remote firmware upgrades via its Skyport Cloud Service. For new ColorTouch thermostats, the upgrade also includes humidity control support.

“Real-time weather on the ColorTouch thermostat screen gives users an at-a-glance view of current outside temperatures as well as three-day weather predictions, a benefit we added in direct response to user requests,” said Dushane. 

Also included in the ColorTouch firmware update is the new Skyport firmware upgrade button, which allows users to remotely update the firmware for their ColorTouch thermostats anywhere in the world using the Skyport Cloud Services online.  “This is a huge benefit for users who travel frequently or have multiple homes,” Dushane added.

Two new models of ColorTouch also now have humidity control, which enables users to manage indoor humidity settings using their ColorTouch thermostats. ColorTouch with humidity control works with the thermostat’s humidity sensor, which automatically detects changes in humidity in residential or commercial environments and adjusts the conditions via the HVAC system and/or a humidifier.

The new firmware comes standard with new ColorTouch residential and commercial thermostats T5900 (residential) and T6900 (commercial) models. Previous ColorTouch models T5800 (residential) and T6800 (commercial) can be updated to the new firmware. Anytime a firmware update is available, a notification will appear on the thermostat screen along with simple prompts to help the user make the update.

In addition, Venstar now offers a free ColorTouch mobile application, which allows users to remotely monitor and control their residential or commercial thermostats. Compatible with Apple iPhone, iTouch, iPad, BlackBerry and Android devices, the ColorTouch thermostat with Skyport Wi-Fi Key is priced under $250 (estimated end-user cost).

 

About ColorTouch Residential Thermostat (Models T5800 and T5900)

The ColorTouch thermostat has won top awards for ease of programmability, its color touch screen, and the ability to post up to 100 photos or graphics on the screen. Its multi-functional, simple-to-use, richly featured, programmable touch screen thermostat has customizable backgrounds, which may include the users’ own photos as well as more than a dozen pre-set themes, including holiday themes.  It also includes a free mobile app for Android, BlackBerry and iOS mobile devices so contractors or homeowners can remotely access and control their ColorTouch thermostats via their Venstar Skyport Cloud online accounts.  Compatible with virtually every type of heating and air conditioning system, ColorTouch can be configured to display one of three languages: English, French or Spanish.  ColorTouch is the thermostat that thinks it’s a digital picture frame!

The ColorTouch residential model T5900 is now available with humidity control.

Once a free Venstar Skyport Cloud account is created online, residential users can use Venstar’s free mobile app on their Android, BlackBerry and iOS mobile devices or directly from the Web to:

  • View a display of the current weather and weather forecast for all thermostat locations
  • Monitor thermostat information, including system run time and current energy usage
  • Change security settings, such as changing passwords or temperature setpoint limits
  • Program thermostat features, such as backlight dimming, holiday schedule, fan usage, supply air monitoring and much more
  • View incoming alerts based on pre-configured notifications, such as important updates on the health of the system or simply if the home’s inside temperature has gone above or below pre-set limits
  • Send text messages from a mobile device or desktop to the thermostat display, such as reminders and notes to family members

 

About ColorTouch Commercial Thermostat (Models T6800 and T6900)

The award-winning ColorTouch programmable commercial thermostat is multi-functional, simple-to-use and richly featured.  Its programmable scheduler keeps occupied periods comfortable while reducing energy use for unoccupied periods.  Its color touch screen can be programmed to show company logos, ads and promotions as well as a picture gallery of up to 100 files to be used as a slideshow.  ColorTouch was recently upgraded to add built-in humidity control.   Compatible with virtually every type of commercial heating and air conditioning system, ColorTouch can be configured to display one of three languages: English, French or Spanish.  The ColorTouch commercial model T6900 is now available with humidity control.

Once a free Venstar Skyport Cloud account is created online, commercial users can use Venstar’s free mobile app on their Android, BlackBerry and iOS mobile devices or directly from the Web to:

  • Instantly access up to 100 commercial locations
  • Easily monitor and control comfort settings at multiple buildings and office locations, including monitoring room temperature, supply air temperature, outdoor air temperature, run-time hours, and more
  • Schedule holidays for up to 365 days of each year, including reoccurring unoccupied days so that the thermostat can be set to “unoccupied” during those periods
  • Prevent unauthorized use by auto-screen lock or setpoint limiting
  • View incoming alerts via email on pre-configured notifications, such as important updates on the health of the system or simply if the inside temperature has gone above or below pre-set limits (Note: the servicing contractor may receive email alerts as well)
  • Monitor thermostat information, including system run times and current usage, for each thermostat at all locations
  • View a display of the current weather and weather forecast for all thermostat locations
  • Send text messages from a mobile device or desktop to the thermostat display, such as reminders and notes

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