2014 Product of the Year Entrant
URC THZ-100 Advanced Thermostat
URC’s affordable THZ-100 advanced thermostat does everything — except control the weather. Background graphics and colors on its super bright, easy to read, color LCD screen automatically change according to activity — giving users a quick visual indication as to whether the system is heating or cooling during transitions. Besides being easy on the eyes and looking great on any wall, the unit offers the ultimate in comfort, convenience and luxury. Designed to easily plug-and-play with any of URC’s Total Control® remotes, or smart device of choice (iOS and Android™), when combined with our Total Control whole-house system, users have the ability to control the climate from anywhere within their home. This means you can sit on your couch or outside on the patio and view real-time temperature and status before intuitively adjusting the temperature, when needed, right from a URC remote. Or, users can use their iPhone®, iPad® or Android device to see the status of and change the temperature while away on vacation or away from the home. From a feature standpoint, the THZ-100 is also a standout. With dozens of advanced features, it’s as smart as it is handsome. The unique Intelligent Comfort Recovery feature for example, allows you to set schedules. It then monitors the current environment and then slowly heats or cools accordingly, with dollar-saving efficiency, until it reaches your preset. Additional features include password protection for homes or businesses where access must be limited, and optional wired remote sensors to increase efficiency and accuracy of programmed temperature adjustments. And, because it operates as part of the Total Control system, the automation possibilities are endless. Cool example: users can have the drapes automatically close when the air conditioner kicks on to help cool their home more quickly and save energy.
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The THZ-100 advanced thermostat makes climate and whole-house control come together easily and conveniently. It is not only a high-performance, handsome thermostat with exceptional features but is also tightly integrated with URC’s Total Control system in a way that customers can have lasting enjoyment without fear of upgrades as their family or home needs grow. Its brilliant, 2" color LCD screen really is a stand out. The screen makes it easy to operate and is aesthetically pleasing. The off-white color of its trim plate blends into any décor. The background graphics and colors on the full-information LCD automatically change to indicate visually whether the system is heating or cooling during specific transitions. Users can change the thermostat settings using their smart phone or tablet. As part of Total Control, homeowners can use the TC Mobile iPhone or iPad app, for example, to control their heating/cooling system from the couch, from the beach, and from anywhere in the world via the internet. Installation is quick and easy for any custom installation professional. Plus, the THZ-100 includes software that allows homeowners to preselect and schedule temperature changes to suit their lifestyle. Once installed, the THZ-100 provides years of maintenance-free convenience. URC’s THZ-100 Advanced Thermostat also features Intelligent Comfort Recovery, which means that when you set schedules, it monitors the current environment and determines the best way to reach your target temperature at the selected time. Then it slowly heats or cools with dollar-saving efficiency until it reaches the user’s preset.
Thermostats are unique in that they must “hide in plain sight” day in, day out, and present a visually subdued profile when not being accessed. Then, when called into action, they must present a thoroughly understandable and intuitive, easy-to-use interface. This means all physical characteristics must be designed to be modest and unobtrusive, but also sophisticated and supremely functional. The THZ-100’s brilliant, 2" color LCD screen makes it easy to operate and is aesthetically pleasing. The off-white color of its outer housing blends into any décor. The background graphics and colors on the full-information LCD automatically change to indicate visually whether the system is heating or cooling during specific transitions. Users can elect to change the thermostat settings using their smart phone or tablet. Highly affordable and designed to plug-and-play with the URC Total Control system, homeowners can use the TC Control iPhone or iPad app, for example, to control their heating/cooling system from the couch, from the beach, and from everyplace they can connect to the internet.
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THZ-100 Advanced Thermostat
The THZ-100 is the latest addition to the URC Total Control family of whole-house control products offering the ultimate in comfort, convenience and luxury for climate control. The THZ-100’s brilliant, backlit two-inch color LCD is easy to read and looks wonderful on any wall at home or at the office. Background graphics and colors on its full-information LCD display automatically change to indicate visually whether the system is heating or cooling during transitions. Plus, users have the ability to control climate from anywhere within a home or business environment. While the THZ-100 offers five thermostat buttons, users can also enjoy two-way control of the thermostat via URC Total Control remotes, keypads, touchscreens, and third-party controllers like the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Among its dozens of advanced features, the THZ-100 offers Intelligent Comfort Recovery. When users set schedules, Intelligent Comfort Recovery monitors the current environment and then slowly heats or cools accordingly, with dollar-saving efficiency, until it reaches the preset. Additional features include password protection for homes or businesses where access must be limited, and optional wired remote sensors to increase efficiency and accuracy of programmed temperature adjustments. The automation possibilities are endless too; for example, our dealers can have the drapes automatically close when the air conditioner kicks in, to help cool the building more quickly and save energy. It does everything but control the weather.
TRF-ZW1 Total Control Z-Wave® Extender
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