Carrier adds Apple HomeKit support to Côr thermostat
Continuing its commitment to create the versatile and interoperable smart thermostat, Carrier’s Côr thermostat is now compatible with the Apple HomeKit, according to a Carrier press release.
The HomeKit-enabled Carrier Côr thermostat will be available early 2017.
The collaboration between Carrier and Apple provides homeowners a seamless experience in managing their home’s climate controls and comfort, the release said.
“Carrier and Apple are brands long synonymous with innovations that have changed our world so this collaboration signals a very bright future for how homeowners interact with their home. It is a marriage between smart devices and home comfort, convenience and security,” said Matthew Pine, vice president of marketing for Carrier’s residential line. “We are excited for what this collaboration will mean for our customers, now and in the future.”
Apple HomeKit technology allows users to effortlessly and securely control their home comfort system from anywhere using the new iOS 10 home app or voice-controlled Siri on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. Users can set up HomeKit-enabled products to work together based on triggers, such as having the furnace or air conditioner activate to a certain temperature when a homeowner arrives home or automatically setting the system to a more efficient level when the occupants leave.
HomeKit technology provides advanced security with end-to-end encryption and authentication between the heating and cooling system and the iOS device.
Launched at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, the Côr thermostat is compatible with the vast majority of home comfort systems and designed with a sleek interface for the contemporary home setting.
“Homeowners can save hundreds of dollars a year and ultimately reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint,” Pine said. “This powerful technology, paired with Apple’s world-class products, can help even more homeowners make the very most of their home comfort system.”
Côr thermostat features, such as smart setback, let the thermostat intelligently adapt beyond manual programming for greater efficiency while still meeting ideal comfort levels. Energy reports help homeowners understand exactly when energy dollars are being spent, allowing users to modify settings to maximize savings. It will even provide customized energy saving tips.