Patents by Inventor Amy Ragland

Amy Ragland has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10458668
    Abstract: An HVAC controller and/or server may be programmed to determine if ventilation of a building is desired based, at least in part, on the one or more user-specified air quality thresholds stored in a memory, and one or more of a measure of indoor air quality and a measure of outdoor air quality. The air quality parameter threshold may relate to an air quality index, an air pollutant concentration, a smog alert, a pollen count, a dew point, a chance of precipitation, and/or the like. In addition, the HVAC controller and/or server may take into account current or future weather conditions when determining the ventilation needs of a building. Upon determining that ventilation is needed or recommended, the HVAC controller may send or display a message to the user. The message may recommendation that the user open a window or operate a ventilation system, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Emmons, Brad Terlson, Amy Ragland, David Quam, Brad Paine
  • Publication number: 20190272730
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preventing remote disarming of a portion of a monitored region are provided. Such systems and methods can include a database device saving information designating at least one of a plurality of partitions monitored by a security system as a highly secure one of the plurality of partitions, a remote interface device receiving user input with instructions to execute a remote global action in connection with the security system, and responsive to the user input, the remote interface device accessing the database device to identify a group of the plurality of partitions that includes all of the plurality of partitions except for the highly secure one of the plurality of partitions and transmitting an instruction signal directing the security system to execute the remote global action in connection with each of the group of the plurality of partitions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Amy Ragland, Ilan Dee, Alice DeBiasio
  • Patent number: 10371400
    Abstract: A system that allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may include a controller that analyzes data from HVAC systems, determines a thermal model of a space environmentally controlled by an HVAC system, and provides an energy audit of the space that is environmentally controlled by the HVAC system. The controller may output a result of the energy audit to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson, Brad Paine, Pedro Davalos, Soumitri Kolavennu, Wendy Foslien
  • Patent number: 10139123
    Abstract: A system that allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may help a contractor pro-actively identify possible issues with its customer's building control systems. A controller of the system may populate a display screen on a remote device to display a summary display screen with selectable features for obtaining detailed information related to the selected feature. The summary display screen may display a summary of business performance data, customer performance data, and/or HVAC performance data associated with a set of log-in credentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9995501
    Abstract: A system that allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may help a contractor pro-actively identify possible issues with its customer's building control systems, and only then schedule maintenance as required. In some cases, based on the analysis of information obtained from the building control systems over time, the system may output indications of abnormalities in the operation of the building control systems from which information may be received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson, Wendy Foslien, Jennifer Teves, Pedro Davolos, Soumitri Kolavennu, Henry Nahurski
  • Patent number: 9970675
    Abstract: A system allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may include a controller that outputs a listing of one or more building automation system contractors having a service area that overlaps a geographical location of a customer or a potential customer or of a related HVAC system. In some cases, the disclosed system may output a listing of one or more building automation system contractors having a service area that overlaps a geographical location of a building automation system for which an alert has been indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson, Joel Swanson
  • Patent number: 9915439
    Abstract: A system that allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may include a controller that analyzes data from HVAC systems, determines if one or more of the HVAC systems may benefit from a particular product or service, and outputs the HVAC systems that are determined to benefit from a particular product or service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson, Brad Paine
  • Publication number: 20180038610
    Abstract: An HVAC controller, such as a thermostat, may be configured to allow a user to set and/or select schedule time period in which one or more indoor quality units (e.g. humidification, dehumidification, ventilation, etc.) will or will not operate, and/or will operated but using different settings. In some cases, the schedule time periods available for selection may correspond to the time periods of a programmable temperature schedule of the HVAC controller, but this is not required. In some instances, the HVAC controller may allow a user to select which indoor air quality units will or will not operate, and/or what settings the indoor air quality units will operate, during a user's vacation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara Dean-Henricks, Joshua J. Edberg, David Quam, Amy Ragland
  • Patent number: 9879875
    Abstract: A system that allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may help a contractor pro-actively identify possible issues with its customer's building control systems and may output an alert related to an operation of the customer's building control systems. Within the system, the contractor may able to open a case associated with the customer's building control systems and link related alerts to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9810441
    Abstract: An HVAC controller, such as a thermostat, may be configured to allow a user to set and/or select schedule time period in which one or more indoor quality units (e.g. humidification, dehumidification, ventilation, etc.) will or will not operate, and/or will operated but using different settings. In some cases, the schedule time periods available for selection may correspond to the time periods of a programmable temperature schedule of the HVAC controller, but this is not required. In some instances, the HVAC controller may allow a user to select which indoor air quality units will or will not operate, and/or what settings the indoor air quality units will operate, during a user's vacation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara Dean-Hendricks, Joshua Jacque Edberg, David Quam, Amy Ragland
  • Publication number: 20170176030
    Abstract: An HVAC controller and/or server may be programmed to determine if ventilation of a building is desired based, at least in part, on the one or more user-specified air quality thresholds stored in a memory, and one or more of a measure of indoor air quality and a measure of outdoor air quality. The air quality parameter threshold may relate to an air quality index, an air pollutant concentration, a smog alert, a pollen count, a dew point, a chance of precipitation, and/or the like. In addition, the HVAC controller and/or server may take into account current or future weather conditions when determining the ventilation needs of a building. Upon determining that ventilation is needed or recommended, the HVAC controller may send or display a message to the user. The message may recommendation that the user open a window or operate a ventilation system, as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: David J. Emmons, Brad Terlson, Amy Ragland, David Quam, Brad Paine
  • Patent number: 9618224
    Abstract: An HVAC controller and/or server may be programmed to determine if ventilation of a building is desired based, at least in part, on the one or more user-specified air quality thresholds stored in a memory, and one or more of a measure of indoor air quality and a measure of outdoor air quality. The air quality parameter threshold may relate to an air quality index, an air pollutant concentration, a smog alert, a pollen count, a dew point, a chance of precipitation, and/or the like. In addition, the HVAC controller and/or server may take into account current or future weather conditions when determining the ventilation needs of a building. Upon determining that ventilation is needed or recommended, the HVAC controller may send or display a message to the user. The message may recommendation that the user open a window or operate a ventilation system, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Emmons, Brad Terlson, Amy Ragland, David Quam, Brad Paine
  • Patent number: 9416987
    Abstract: An HVAC controller may be programmed to control an HVAC system according to a comfort mode and an economy mode. When the HVAC system is operating according to the comfort mode, the HVAC system may primarily draw energy from a locally generated energy source or local energy storage system. The HVAC controller may be programmed to transition the HVAC system from operating according to the comfort mode to operating according to an economy mode, wherein the economy mode is a more energy efficient that the comfort mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Ragland, David Quam, Brad Paine
  • Patent number: 9366448
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for monitoring the condition of an air filter of an HVAC system to provide an indication of when the air filter should be changed. An HVAC controller may be configured to include a filter change notification, wherein the HVAC controller may monitor the current condition of the air filter, and may display a filter change notification on the display when the current condition of the air filter passes a filter change threshold value. In some cases, the HVAC controller may be configured to perform, sometimes at the request of a user, one or more calibration tests on the air filter to help the user identify an appropriate filter change threshold value. Alternatively, or in addition, the HVAC controller may, through a user interface, allow a user to enter and/or change a filter change threshold value, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara J. Dean-Hendricks, Amy Ragland, Reed H. Bisson, Steven R. Hoglund, David Schultz, Mohammad Aljabari
  • Patent number: 9322733
    Abstract: Ports for sensing one or more parameters in an HVAC system and methods for installing such ports. In one illustrative embodiment, a port provides a fluid passageway through a wall of an HVAC component such as an air duct. The port may be formed of a hollow stem member having a first end and a second end and a head member positioned therebetween. The port may include an anchor member for anchoring the port to a wall of the HVAC component. In some cases, the anchor member may secure the port within the wall such that the head member forms a substantially fluid tight seal with the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Petr Adamik, Steve Wolff, Reed Bisson, Amy Ragland
  • Patent number: 9080784
    Abstract: HVAC methods and systems are provided for issuing a component change notification to a user when an air filter or other replaceable component should be changed. In some instances, an HVAC controller may solicit information from a user that is related to one or more features of the replaceable component (e.g. air filter) of the HVAC system. This can include, size, type, model number and/or any other suitable feature, parameter and/or property. In some cases, the time before a component change notification message is issued by the HVAC controller may be dependent on, determined by, and/or adjusted based on the received information. In some instances, the HVAC controller may display at least some of the received information in a subsequently issued component change notification message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara J. Dean-Hendricks, Amy Ragland
  • Publication number: 20150127172
    Abstract: A system that allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may help a contractor pro-actively identify possible issues with its customer's building control systems, and only then schedule maintenance as required. In some cases, based on the analysis of information obtained from the building control systems over time, the system may output indications of abnormalities in the operation of the building control systems from which information may be received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson, Wendy Foslien, Jennifer Teves, Pedro Davolos, Soumitri Kolavennu, Henry Nahurski
  • Publication number: 20150127168
    Abstract: A system that allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may help a contractor pro-actively identify possible issues with its customer's building control systems and may output an alert related to an operation of the customer's building control systems. Within the system, the contractor may able to open a case associated with the customer's building control systems and link related alerts to the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20150127170
    Abstract: A system that allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may include a controller that analyzes data from HVAC systems, determines a thermal model of a space environmentally controlled by an HVAC system, and provides an energy audit of the space that is environmentally controlled by the HVAC system. The controller may output a result of the energy audit to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson, Brad Paine, Pedro Davalos, Soumitri Kolavennu, Wendy Foslien
  • Publication number: 20150127169
    Abstract: A system that allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may include a controller that analyzes data from HVAC systems, determines a thermal model of a space environmentally controlled by an HVAC system, and provides an energy audit of the space that is environmentally controlled by the HVAC system. The controller may output a result of the energy audit to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson, Brad Paine, Pedro Davalos, Soumitri Kolavennu, Wendy Foslien