How people use thermostats in homes: A review

How people use thermostats in homes: A review

TitleHow people use thermostats in homes: A review
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsTherese Peffer, Marco Pritoni, Alan K Meier, Cecilia Aragon, Daniel Perry
JournalBuilding and Environment
Volume46
Issue12
Date Published12/2011
Abstract

Residential thermostats control a substantial portion of both fuel and electrical energy—9% of the total energy consumption in the U.S. Consumers install programmable thermostats to save energy, yet numerous recent studies found that homes with programmable thermostats can use more energy than those controlled manually depending on how—or if—they are used. At the same time, thermostats are undergoing a dramatic increase in capability and features, including control of ventilation, responding to electricity price signals, and interacting with a home area network. These issues warrant a review of the current state of thermostats, evaluating their effectiveness in providing thermal comfort and energy savings, and identifying areas for further improvement or research.

This review covers the evolution in technologies of residential thermostats; we found few standards and many features. We discuss studies of how people currently use thermostats, finding that nearly half do not use the programming features. The review covers the complications associated with using a thermostat. Finally, we suggest research needed to design—and especially test with users—thermostats that can provide more comfortable and economical indoor environments.

URLhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132311001739?via%3Dihub
DOI10.1016/j.buildenv.2011.06.002