Why should you use geolocation feature while setting up a custom chrono program for your Rialto Smart Thermostat?
Because it avoids unnecessary consumptions!
Before starting: what do we mean by geolocation?
Geolocation is the GPS position of your device on the map: your smartphone/tablet is connected to satellites triangulating your position, locating it on the Earth.
We commonly use it when we use an automotive navigation system to receive directions to reach our destination.
Activating the geolocation function on your Android or Apple iOS smartphone/tablet and configuring a chrono program on your Rialto smart thermostat that considers your distance from home, allows you to eliminate unnecessary consumptions.
Indeed, this function is not simply adjusted on your daily habits, but also on the distance from your house, thus activating the heating automatically only for example when you are on your way home.
All of us, as users, have always been a bit reluctant on the use of geolocation on smartphones, mainly beacuse it depletes batteries.
However, due to the latest technologies implemented for smartphones and tablets we can benefit of more accurate GPS sensors that are consuming less energy and more powerful batteries, so using geolocation features is now much easier and comfortable.
It often happens to come back home late: overtime at work, traffic jam on your way home, or a sudden change of plan affect your daily schedule almost everyday.
Those having a classic chronothermostat simply use the hourly programming. Yet, coming home late might result in energy waste for warming up rooms when nobody is at home nor coming back home…
Using Rialto Smart Thermostat and setting up a chrono program that considers distance from home can make you easily avoid energy waste!
Here is an example of chrono program that uses users’ distance from home to decide to swith on or off the heating with the desired SET temperature.
In this configuration, Rialto Smart Thermostat will switch on heating only when you are within 5 km range from home. Until then, temperature will be the one chosen for the Off mode (7° in this case).
Whilst setting the temperatures for several modes (X, Y, Z) you can choose not to switch to Off mode; instead, you can switch to Eco mode. This option might be useful especially for users with underfloor heating systems, which is commonly always running at its best thermal flywheel.
How to configure geolocation?
Click on the menu at the left top, enter Preferences and choose Location: now switch to “Use geo-location“.
Then, locate your home on the map using the Home locator command, and enter your address. After entering the right location, you can go back and set the minimum distance for Rialto to switch the heating on.
Android devices offer an additional function for geolocation, differently from Apples devices.
You can choose not to use the GPS signal, but to consider as event for “arriving home” the connection to your domestic Wi-Fi network. Basically, when your device is connected to domestic Wi-Fi network, Rialto receives the information “user is at home”: if programmed to do it, Rialto switches the heating on.
It goes without saying that your domestic Wi-Fi network has a far weaker signal than the minimum distance programmable for your GPS position: it is necessary to keep this in mind whilst configuring the weekly hourly schedule of your Rialto smart chronothermostat.