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Josh Colletta, system designer at DSI Entertainment in Studio City, Calif., used slab tile sensors and Crestron thermostats to regulate the temperature of the floor in a client’s shower, toilet room and powder room. The temperature can be set from any room in the house with a touchpanel controller, he says. The floors are activated along with lights and window shades when the client taps the “Good Morning” button on his touchpanel.
“The client, a musician, needed a system to maintain his house’s daily routines while he was away on tour,” Colletta says. “We programmed a Vacation Mode for when he’s gone, but if he leaves in a hurry and forgets to set the system, he can always log in remotely and take care of business.”
Remote sensors alone could rally homeowners and interior designers behind HVAC control, installers say, because they take thermostats off walls and hide them in closets or mechanical rooms. “Remote sensors are a huge element of what we’re able to bring to the table with climate control,” says Leidig of Ambiance Systems. “Not only can we tie together these multiple zones around the house and give people multiple or central points of control, we can also get rid of a lot of wall clutter.” CR