Emerson has announced the new Sensi Touch Wi-Fi with a color touchscreen and HomeKit compatibility. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.
Emerson’s new Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat—along with an updated version of the classic Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat—is now compatible with Apple's smarthome management platform. Customers can use the new geofencing proximity detection feature or flexible scheduling options to achieve energy savings without compromising their comfort, according to Robert Sharp, executive president of Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions.
Both thermostats use smart alerts to notify customers of extreme temperatures and humidity levels. The Sensi mobile app has also received extensive updates, including a dashboard with individual thermostat cards. In addition to the Apple HomeKit integration, both Sensi thermostats are compatible with smart home platforms Amazon Alexa and Wink.
The Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat has a high-definition, color touchscreen andilluminated terminals for increased visibility while wiring and easy-click terminals that eliminate the need for a screwdriver. Additional menu options enable users to customize the information on the home screen display and to choose a continuous back glow for soft lighting in dark hallways or rooms.
The updated Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat doesn’t require a common wire (c-wire) for most installations. Apple HomeKit users will require the c-wire for Siri voice control. The new Sensi thermostats will be available in early summer at retail stores, online marketplaces, through HVAC contractors and online.