Wouldn't it be nice to be a able to change the thermostat setting from your bedside? How about having the thermostat work on your schedule, even recognizing when it changes? Those ideas, and many others, become a realioty when you install a communicating thermostat, like these from RCS (Residential Control Systems). These thermostats communicate with a whole house control systems via RS-232 (serial) connections, as well as acting as a standalone thermostat. By integrating them with your home control system, they can react to conditions within the home as well.
For example, change the thermostat setting based on whether your security system is armed. When it's armed, there's no one home, and the temperatures can change to more energy-friendly levels. When the security system is disarmed, someone has arrived, and the system can change the thermostat back to more confortable levels.. This is a huge step beyond fixed schedules, and gives your home the ability to react to current conditions.
RCS RS-485 thermostats can communicate over a simple, low-voltage 2-wire bus with computers, controllers, and other devices with serial communication capabilities. Because of the way they are designed, multiple thermostats can be easily connected together, allowing you to monitor and control temperatures in mupltiple locations.
This thermostat comes with the TS16 vertically oriented display.