If you recently moved into a new home or are looking to renovate your current one, there’s a good chance you’ve come across information on the GLAS thermostat available from Johnson Controls, as it’s a revolutionary improvement within the home thermostat market.
Getting a GLAS thermostat would certainly be a wise investment, but it will only be doing half its job without a system in place, such as an ERV, to improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Below, we’ll look at key details on the GLAS thermostat, how a whole house ventilation system greatly increases its functionality, and why you should choose UltimateAir for your energy recovery ventilator unit.
What Is the GLAS Thermostat?GLAS was developed by Johnson Controls, a global leader in HVAC equipment and control units whose founder created the first thermostat in 1883. The company has continued to innovate and develop their products over the years, with GLAS being their first system designed for home automation.
The GLAS thermostat system gets its name from its translucent design meant to help it more seamlessly be incorporated into a home. Once installed, the system provides temperature controls, air quality monitoring, and energy efficiency.
Some of its benefits include:
- Monitoring of Total Volatile Organic Compounds (tVOCs), CO2 levels (eCO2), and the percent of relative humidity within your home
- Monitoring of the allergens in your home’s air
- An air quality index (AQI) for your home which lets you know levels for ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide
- A UV index for the area surrounding your home
- Monitoring of your energy usage
- Wi-Fi access to allow you to control GLAS through your smartphone or tablet
- A speaker and microphone connected to Cortana Voice Assistant which allows you to alter temperature and other settings via voice
- Scheduling of temperature choices to help you to set the temperature at preferred levels for during the day, in the evening, and bedtime
GLAS Thermostat with an ERVThe GLAS thermostat is a fantastic innovation in home automation, but you won’t get the full benefit of having one without utilizing a whole house ventilation unit.
ERVs, or energy recovery ventilators, are designed to circulate the air within your home by exhausting stale air and drawing in fresh, clean air. The systems do this by way of two fans within the units, and a heat exchanger allows for the transfer of heat and moisture between the two air streams. This transfer helps to keep your home’s temperature stable and prevent any significant energy loss.
The reason an ERV is so essential when installing a GLAS thermostat is because the GLAS only lets you know the air quality of your home – it doesn’t improve it. An ERV will improve your home’s air quality by removing toxins, allergens, formaldehydes, dander, and dust which you can then monitor by way of the GLAS thermostat.
As useful as the GLAS system is, getting one without having an accompanying whole house ventilation control system in place is like buying a computer monitor without the computer. You don’t just want to know what the quality of your air is, you want to optimize it.
Other benefits of using our whole house ventilation systems include:
- Improved respiration for asthma sufferers
- Removal of odors from bathrooms, pets, and cooking
- Reduced impact of mold and mildew
- Improving the energy efficiency of your home
- Keeping temperatures room to room more consistent
- Up to 99% energy recovery with UltimateAir’s systems
As you can see, incorporating an ERV into your home when you install a GLAS thermostat will give you a host of advantages. Visit our products page to see the efficient whole house ventilation units UltimateAir can provide.