How to: Control & Automate Your Home’s Temperature

Whether you’re in another room or another country, SmartThings makes it easy to control and automate your home’s temperature.

By automatically turning down your thermostat, your A/C unit, or your portable heater when you’re away, you can not only help our planet by living green, but also help yourself by saving some serious green.

You can set a smart thermostat or portable heating/cooling unit to adjust to a certain level whenever different events take place–such as when you leave home. And to make sure that you always step back in to a comfortable crib, you can also adjust your home’s temperature from your phone whenever you want–like, when you’re leaving work to come home each day.

What you need:
• A SmartThings Hub
A SmartThings-compatible thermostat or a SmartPower Outlet to control A/C units or portable heaters

output_beUREAHow it works:
After installing a SmartThings-compatible thermostat, you can turn it on, off, or adjust it directly from the SmartThings app. You can also set it to automatically adjust when different events take place–such as when you arrive or leave home–by using the Hello, Home section of the SmartThings app.

If you have a window A/C unit or portable heater, you can turn that on or off directly from the SmartThings app as well, or set it to automatically adjust when different events take place by using the Hello, Home section of the SmartThings app.

Want to learn more?
To see how one customer is powering both his Nest thermostat and also a portable space heater using SmartThings, and see how another customer is controlling his Honeywell Z-Wave thermostat with SmartThings.

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  • uunnzz

    When is this going to work with Nest?

    • eliot_smartthings

      Lots of customers have been able to integrate & control their Nests with ST by following this code: http://community.smartthings.com/t/nest-thermostat/46

      Nest has extremely strict rules around their API, but we are working on an official integration.

    • Ian Gallagher

      Eliot had a correct and very politically correct answer here, but you really need to be asking Nest this question. They are the ones actively preventing better integration.

  • Ddasak

    Where can I find instructions how to access the pictured screen? I have gone through the app but have not found anything that looks like this. I’m not a techie, I just want to control my thermostat from my phone and so far, I’m too stupid to figure it out. Can anyone give me a step by step way to access this?

    • alttext

      So you’ve added your connected thermostat to SmartThings? Sending a message to support@smartthings.com is the best way to get help.

  • felipe molfino

    Hi i need somobody make for me work my foscamI8910w camera with SM . There are some apps but dont know how to do IT . I can pay for that .

  • Paul Horne

    What about the Honeywell WiFi thermostats? It should be just as easy to control them with ST as it is a Dropcam — they’re both web-based. http://ow.ly/QdpPX

  • Using a programmable thermostat is one of the smartest and simplest ways to trim heating and cooling costs. If used as directed, they can save you big money – up to 30% on annual heating and cooling costs.

  • Neil Sugarbush

    The temp control on this thing is hideous. How about adding a up down arrow button on either side of the range to add control and granularity. Trying to adjust via that slider is absurd. Or as an alternative look at literally anyone else’s app for guidance.

    • David Saenz

      I AGREE 100%. I HATE IT! They need a up or down arrow. You barely touch it and it goes up or down by 10 degrees. I have to program it to change temp with the goodbye command.