Specific Thermally Responsive Controller Patents (Class 700/278)
  • Patent number: 11555625
    Abstract: An air conditioning control system includes a plurality of remote control terminals and a server. The plurality of remote control terminals each calculates a time required for a user of the remote control terminal to return to a building from outside the building, and transmits information indicating the time required to the server. The server calculates an estimated time when a user who returns to the building first among the plurality of users returns to the building on the basis of the time required, and transmits a command for changing air conditioning setting to an air conditioner in stages from a time when the estimated time is calculated to the estimated time calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiro Murakami
  • Patent number: 11538294
    Abstract: A smart thermostat hub and a management platform for controlling and securing smart devices in a multi-family residential property are disclosed. Smart thermostat hubs may bi-directionally communicate with the management platform using a LoRaWAN communication link and communicate with smart devices present within an apartment of the multi-family residential property via a non-LoRaWAN communication link. Smart thermostat hub may provide a gateway or bridge between the management platform and an offline door lock, thereby enabling access credentials for an offline door lock to be disabled from the management platform, and may serve to facilitate remote configuration of other smart devices, such as thermostats and smart light fixtures, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: EDST, LLC
    Inventors: Dave Marcinkowski, Thomas Mandry, Shawn Massie, David Gilles, Larry LaFreniere, Tray Johnson
  • Patent number: 11538295
    Abstract: A smart thermostat hub and a management platform for controlling and securing smart devices in a multi-family residential property are disclosed. Smart thermostat hubs may bi-directionally communicate with the management platform using a LoRaWAN communication link and communicate with smart devices present within an apartment of the multi-family residential property via a non-LoRaWAN communication link. Smart thermostat hub may provide a gateway or bridge between the management platform and an offline door lock, thereby enabling access credentials for an offline door lock to be disabled from the management platform, and may serve to facilitate remote configuration of other smart devices, such as thermostats and smart light fixtures, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: EDST, LLC
    Inventors: Dave Marcinkowski, Thomas Mandry, Shawn Massie, David Gilles, Larry LaFreniere, Tray Johnson
  • Patent number: 11531936
    Abstract: The overall thermal performance of a building UATotal can be empirically estimated through a short-duration controlled test. Preferably, the controlled test is performed at night during the winter. A heating source is turned off after the indoor temperature has stabilized. After an extended period, such as 12 hours, the heating source is briefly turned back on, such as for an hour, then turned off. The indoor temperature is allowed to stabilize. The energy consumed within the building during the test period is assumed to equal internal heat gains. Overall thermal performance is estimated by balancing the heat gained with the heat lost during the test period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: CLEAN POWER RESEARCH, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Hoff
  • Patent number: 11506422
    Abstract: A method of controlling a temperature of water delivered by a water heating system, includes providing communication device which is adapted to receive a communication from at least one mobile device, the communication device being located so as to determine when the at least one mobile device is within a predefined zone in which is located a pre-selected water access point. In response to a determination that the at least one mobile device is within the predefined zone, enabling a user selecting a temperature setting of the where the water heating system. The selection is wirelessly communicated to a receiver which is in communication with the water heating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Rheem Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Yue-Xin Peng, Wilson Ng, Alan Ng, Samuel Zhang, Martin Agbayani, Yao Zhou
  • Patent number: 11460838
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure is a virtual home service apparatus including, a communicator, a home information collector for obtaining a design drawing of the home, and obtaining a 3D drawing by converting the design drawing, a home appliance identifier for obtaining an internal image and SLAM information of the home, and identifying the location and state of the home appliance based on the internal image and the SLAM information, and a virtual home implementator for generating virtual home information by reflecting the location and state of the home appliance to the 3D drawing. One or more among an autonomous driving vehicle, a user terminal, and a server according to an embodiment of the present disclosure may be associated with or converged with an Artificial Intelligence module, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a robot, an Augmented Reality (AR) apparatus, a Virtual Reality (VR), 5G service-related apparatus, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyun Soo Kim, Kyung Jun Shin, Dong Heon Shin, Sun Yup Kim, Hyun Sang Park
  • Patent number: 11450194
    Abstract: A method is presented for monitoring the use of a building area, where instruments are installed at a variety of points in a building to monitor and record parameters of interest to a building operator. The building operating system provides past and real-time information based on the parameters, and alerts a building operator when unintended events occur. The circumstances for unintended events are bundled into modes, such that by selecting a mode for a building area, a building operator is effectively selecting a set of circumstances for which alerts must be given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: 1VALET CORP.
    Inventor: Hanna Haddad
  • Patent number: 11402116
    Abstract: A method of predicting a time of effect of an intervention of a point of a Building Management System (BMS). The method includes evaluating a first input to determine how an intervention of a point will affect a variable of the BMS; predicting a time at which the intervention will affect the variable of the BMS; presenting feedback to a user via a user interface before implementing the intervention of the point, the feedback comprising the time at which the intervention of the point is predicted to affect the variable; and implementing the intervention or a cancellation of the intervention based at least in part on a second input from the user or an automated response to the feedback. The method allows for users to determine whether to implement proposed interventions in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Dimitrios S. Papadopoulos, Kirk H. Drees
  • Patent number: 11337381
    Abstract: Some embodiments of apparatuses and methods according to the present invention control the growth of plants in indoor systems. In some embodiments, an electronic device is provided that wirelessly discovers, couples to and controls one or more peripheral devices, the one or more peripheral devices including one or more of a light for illuminating a grow, a water pump for supplying water to the grow, a fan for circulating air to the grow, an air pump for oxygenating water for the grow, a heater for increasing a temperature ambient to the grow, and a chiller for decreasing a temperature ambient to the grow. The electronic device may also wireless couple to one or more sensors, including one or more of a temperature sensor, camera, light sensor, pH sensor, electrical conductivity sensor, and/or any other environmental, plant, biology, water, electrical, light, and/or power sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Grow Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Nelson, David McGee, Andrew Verhasselt, Montique Willis
  • Patent number: 11320167
    Abstract: Disclosed is a centralized control method for a VRV air conditioning system, includes a debugging terminal sending a first acquisition request to a cloud server on the basis of an identification code, the debugging terminal creating a project on the basis of system information, the debugging terminal uploading project information corresponding to the project to the cloud server, and the cloud server generates a delivery code corresponding to the project information, a centralized control device sending a second acquisition request to the cloud server on the basis of the delivery code, and the centralized control device loading the project corresponding to the delivery code on the basis of the project information, and activating same. Also disclosed in the present application are a centralized control system for a VRV air conditioning system and a computer readable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Jie Yan, Rui Liang, Qiang Li
  • Patent number: 11315295
    Abstract: Perception of the relationship between a comfort level and environmental data is facilitated, and appropriate management of air-conditioning equipment is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ohta, Natsumi Tamura, Kenji Sato, Satoko Tomita, Kazuyuki Nagahiro, Kazuo Tomisawa, Takayoshi Iida, Hiroyuki Yasuda, Yoshinori Nakajima
  • Patent number: 11313576
    Abstract: An air-conditioner communication system includes: a ceiling-embedded air conditioner; a wireless local area network (LAN) adapter attached to the air conditioner and that functions as a network communication unit of the air conditioner; a router that configures a LAN; a server that communicates with the router via a telecommunication line; and a terminal device that communicates with the wireless LAN adapter and that includes a display. The wireless LAN adapter is connected to the LAN, acquires connection information that indicates whether the wireless LAN adapter is in communication with the router, and provides the terminal device with the connection information. The terminal device displays indicates, on the display based on the connection information, whether the air conditioner, the wireless LAN adaptor, the router, and the server are in communication with one other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Wataru Fukushima, Kazuhiro Akita, Kunitaka Morimoto, Yuuki Ogiso, Yuu Ohhashi
  • Patent number: 11306934
    Abstract: The air-conditioning system control apparatus includes an influence-degree calculation unit that calculates a degree of influence between two air-conditioning indoor units that are selected from a plurality of air-conditioning indoor units as a pair of air-conditioning indoor units, based on operation data on the pair of air-conditioning indoor units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuki Hamada, Tomoo Nakano, Nobuaki Tasaki, Yasuomi Ando
  • Patent number: 11280671
    Abstract: Various implementations relate generally to multi-sensor devices. Some implementations more particularly relate to a multi-sensor device including a ring of radially-oriented photosensors. Some implementations more particularly relate to a multi-sensor device that is orientation-independent with respect to a central axis of the ring. Some implementations of the multi-sensor devices described herein further include one or more additional sensors. For example, some implementations include an axially-directed photosensor. Some implementations also can include one or more temperature sensors configured to sense an exterior temperature, for example, an ambient temperature of an outdoors environment around the multi-sensor. Additionally or alternatively, some implementations include one or more of an infrared sensor or infrared sensors, a cellular communication circuit, and a GPS module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Clark Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Jason Zedlitz, Trevor Frank, Jue Wang, Alexander Rumer, Dennis Mullins, Kevin Kazuo Kaneshiro
  • Patent number: 11262094
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for remote control of a thermostat by a network-based server, when the thermostat is not connected to a local or wide-area network. A network-based server calculates a modified temperature profile for a thermostat based on a utility's time-of-use pricing and/or weather forecasts. After the server has calculated the modified temperature profile, it is provided to a mobile device via a wide-area network, and the mobile device provides the modified temperature profile directly to the thermostat when the mobile device is within range of the thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: RCS Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Patent number: 11240974
    Abstract: An indoor gardening appliance includes a liner defining a grow chamber and a grow module rotatably mounted within the grow chamber for receiving a plurality of plant pods, the grow module defining a plurality of grow chambers spaced apart along the circumferential direction. One or more resilient sealing elements, e.g., formed from silicone, are positioned at the distal ends of the grow module to seal a gap between the grow module and the liner. The resilient sealing elements define one or more air ducts for providing a flow of air through the resilient sealing element into one of the plurality of chambers and a flow regulating device for regulating the flow of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Hunter, Michael Goodman Schroeder, Brent Alden Junge
  • Patent number: 11190605
    Abstract: A system and method for connecting devices includes receiving from a first device a request to follow a second device, and setting a following relationship between the first device and the second device in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang-Min Kim, Jong-Chang Lee, Won-Joo Park, Hyun-Sik Shim, Young-Hee Park, Moon-Sang Lee, Min-Soo Koo, Seung-Hyun Yoon, Ji-In Nam
  • Patent number: 11188832
    Abstract: Method and environment controller for validating a predictive model of a neural network. The environment controller receives at least one environmental characteristic value and determines a plurality of input variables. At least one of the plurality of input variables is based on one among the environmental characteristic value(s). The environment controller executes an environment control software module for calculating at least one output variable based on the plurality of input variables. The environment controller transmits the plurality of input variables to a training server executing a neural network training engine using the predictive model; and receives at least one inferred output variable from the training server. Each inferred output variable corresponds to one of the at least one output variable calculated by the environment control software module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: DISTECH CONTROLS INC.
    Inventor: Francois Gervais
  • Patent number: 11187448
    Abstract: The invention provides an air conditioner control method and device and an air conditioner. The air conditioner control device acquires a current temperature of a chilled water of a unit at a preset period; determine a target load of the unit, a target temperature of a chilled water and a target temperature of a cooling water based on a temperature of the chilled water set by a user and the current temperature of the chilled water; determine an evaporating parameter and a condensing parameter of the unit based on the target load of the unit, the target temperature of the chilled water and the target temperature of the cooling water; and determine operation parameters of a compressor based on the target load of the unit, the evaporation parameter and the condensation parameter. Therefore, the unit can operate based on the operation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai
    Inventors: Zhiping Zhang, Zhongkeng Long, Chiliang Luo, Bing Zhang
  • Patent number: 11182714
    Abstract: A method for generating an optimal nominated capacity value for participation in a capacity market program (CMP) includes generating, by a processing circuit, an objective function comprising a nominated capacity term, wherein the nominated capacity term indicates a nominated capacity value, wherein the nominated capacity value is a curtailment value that a facility is on standby to reduce its load by in response to receiving a dispatch from a utility. The method includes optimizing, by the processing circuit, the objective function to determine the optimal nominated capacity value for a program operating period and transmitting, by the processing circuit, the optimal nominated capacity value to one or more systems associated with the CMP to participate in the CMP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Michael J. Wenzel, Mohammad N. Elbsat
  • Patent number: 11168908
    Abstract: A method for controlling an air conditioner includes obtaining initial indoor ambient temperature and humidity, obtaining an initial dew point temperature according to the initial indoor ambient temperature and humidity, controlling a temperature of an indoor heat exchanger coil to be equal to the initial dew point temperature and maintaining a current operating frequency of a compressor unchanged, obtaining a current indoor ambient temperature, judging whether the current indoor ambient temperature is lower than or equal to a set temperature, if so, obtaining a current indoor ambient humidity and obtaining a current moisture content and a current dew point temperature according to the current indoor ambient temperature and the current indoor ambient humidity, and controlling the air conditioner to perform humidification or dehumidification according to the temperature of the indoor heat exchanger coil, the current moisture content, and the current dew point temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignees: GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT CO., LTD., MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhanli Xi, Jinbo Li, Bobo Zhang
  • Patent number: 11165270
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a battery and a battery management system. The battery management system is configured to derive a predicted battery demand based on observed usage patterns to predictively charge the battery to healthily accommodate the predicted battery demand. The battery management system is further configured to determine a predicted deviating battery demand based on a contextual signal. The predicted deviating battery demand differing from the predicted battery demand. The battery management system is further configured to predictively charge the battery to healthily accommodate the predicted deviating battery demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Daniel Owen, Dongli Zeng, Jeffrey Duane Bruce
  • Patent number: 11105525
    Abstract: A method for heating or cooling rooms in a building with a temperature-controlled system, the temperature-controlled system has a central heater or cooler with a run-around coil system having a supply line and a return line, a central circulation pump for circulating a temperature-control fluid in the run-around coil system, at least two heat exchanger devices that thermally supply one room of the building and are connected to the supply line and the return line of the run-around coil system, one valve with an actuator for each heat exchanger device, one room temperature sensor for each thermally supplied room, and a central open- and closed-loop control unit that is connected to the actuators of the valves and to the room temperature sensors. The method serves to bring about, in the thermally supplied rooms, a temperature transition from a starting state to an end state, with corresponding room temperature setpoint values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: OBLAMATIK AG
    Inventor: Roland Obrist
  • Patent number: 11073291
    Abstract: An external control unit to be connected between a power source and an electrically driven pump to act as a smart switch to convert a “dumb” pump into a smart pump. The control system of this invention comprises a microcontroller-operated switch, located between the power source and the pump, or other fluid flow control device to be operated by electricity, and which can be programmed to record usage data of, e.g., hot water, by the household; it sets up the operating times in accordance with such usage. A temperature sensor is connected to the microcontroller to sense a temperature change, in a hot water system is turned on, by measuring an increase in temperature to indicate flow through the hot water pipe, and to record such data. This will determine, in the context of a hot water system, when the pump should be activated to bring up hot water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Iaco, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Kellicker, Carl A. Perrone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11073850
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes techniques for improving configuration of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. In some embodiments, a control system of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system includes control circuitry and memory. The memory stores instructions that, when executed by the control circuitry, causes the control circuitry to control air flow supplied to a first building zone by the HVAC system based on a temperature setpoint schedule associated with the first building zone; and control air flow supplied to a second building zone by the HVAC system based on a constant temperature setpoint associated with the second building zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Theresa N. Gillette
  • Patent number: 11054158
    Abstract: A ventilation fan includes a body unit, which has a fan disposed in a body case and a fan controller operable to control an air volume of the fan. The ventilation fan also includes a sensor module having an indoor environment detecting sensor and a module controller operable to control a detecting operation of the indoor environment detecting sensor. The body unit has a module mount on which the sensor module is mounted and another sensor module can be mounted in place of the sensor module. The module mount is connected to the fan controller. The module controller outputs detection information obtained based on a detection result of the indoor environment detecting sensor to the fan controller, which in turn controls the air volume of the fan based on the detection information inputted thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirosato Sakai, Hidenori Syougen, Nobuyuki Morimoto, Tsuraki Nakajima, Shingo Takenawa, Masahiro Yamaguchi, Kazuki Doumoto
  • Patent number: 11034210
    Abstract: An HVAC system includes a variable-speed compressor which compresses refrigerant flowing through the HVAC system, a blower which provides a flow of air through the HVAC system at a controllable flow rate, and a controller communicatively coupled to the variable-speed compressor and the blower. The controller receives a demand request, which includes a command to operate the HVAC system at a predefined setpoint temperature. In response to receiving the demand request, a setpoint temperature associated with the HVAC system is adjusted to the predefined setpoint temperature. A speed of the variable-speed compressor is decreased to a low-speed setting. Based on the decreased speed of the variable-speed compressor, an air-flow rate is determined to provide by the blower. The controllable flow rate of the flow of air provided by the blower is adjusted based on the determined air-flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Rakesh Goel, Vijaykumar Sathyamurthi
  • Patent number: 11022335
    Abstract: A Fault Detection Diagnostic (FDD) correction method for increasing the cooling capacity delivered by an Air-Conditioning (AC) system with an economizer comprising: correcting/superseding at least one cooling fault/delay, the correcting/superseding selected from the group consisting of: correcting/superseding a High-limit-Shut-off-Temperature (HST) fault/delay based on detecting an Outdoor Air Temperature (OAT) is less than or equal to a High-limit-Control Temperature (HCT) during a thermostat call for cooling to enable economizer cooling otherwise delayed by the at least one HST fault/delay, superseding a thermostat second-stage time/temperature-deadband delay based on detecting an OAT is greater than or equal to an AC Control Temperature (ACT) during a call for cooling and energizing an AC compressor otherwise delayed by a thermostat second-stage time/temperature-deadband delay, superseding at least one economizer second-stage time/temperature delay based on detecting a thermostat second-stage cooling signa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Robert J. Mowris, John Walsh
  • Patent number: 11015825
    Abstract: An intelligent air-drying system and method are provided. The intelligent air-drying system includes an air-drying device and an application program. The air-drying device includes a device body, a sensing unit, a heater, and a processing unit. The device body has a water-absorbing material for absorbing moisture in the air. The sensing unit is disposed on the device body to detect the humidity of the environment where the air-drying device is located. The heater is disposed on the device body to heat the water-absorbing material. The processing unit is coupled to the sensing unit and the heater, and the processing unit executes the application program. The startup timing of the heater is dynamically predicted based on the daily humidity change measured by the sensing unit, and the heater is started before the water-absorbing material reaches saturation to ensure the water-absorbing and dehumidifying capabilities of the water-absorbing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: FORTUNE ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Ching Lin, Ching-Min Chen
  • Patent number: 10996702
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the disclosure, a provisioning system for a network includes a first device associated with a site. The first device includes a communication chip associated therewith. The system also includes a second device including a device identifier associated therewith. The communication chip is configured to read the device identifier on the second device to obtain information about the second device. The device identifier of the second device is transmitted to a cloud server. Information about the second device is received at the first device from the cloud server based on the device identifier. Based on the information from the cloud server about the second device it can then be joined to the network by the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Imes, James Hollister, John Cottrell
  • Patent number: 10990076
    Abstract: An evapotranspiration mitigation method, system, and computer program product include checking a condition via a first sensor connected to an outside of a device to compute an evapotranspiration level and activating a roof opening of the device to deploy a roof from the device if the evapotranspiration level is greater than a pre-determined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Igor Cerqueira Oliveira, Ana Paula Appel, Paula Fernanda Pereira
  • Patent number: 10982583
    Abstract: A vehicle thermal energy control system that is able to achieve improved heat management in the entirety of a vehicle is provided. A thermal energy control system is provided in a vehicle and includes heat sources and a heat amount distributor configured to assign a demanded heat amount calculated from heat demands generated in the entirety of the vehicle, to each heat source on the basis of a suppliable heat amount of each heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahito Yoshiura, Daisuke Kobayashi, Yoichiro Higuchi, Yasushi Kusaka
  • Patent number: 10982867
    Abstract: A thermostat includes: a controller adapted to control the function of an associated HVAC system; and user controls adapted to provide instructions to the controller including selecting between heating functions and cooling functions, wherein the controller is limited by a maximum temperature when heating functions are selected and limited by a minimum temperature when the cooling functions are selected, wherein the maximum temperature is a lower temperature than the minimum temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Chicago Controls Thermostats, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Lyle
  • Patent number: 10969130
    Abstract: Operating heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems using occupancy sensing systems is described herein. One device includes instructions which, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to receive a mapping between a space of a plurality of spaces of a building, a fixture of a plurality of occupancy sensing system fixtures in the building, and an HVAC device of a plurality of HVAC devices associated with the building, and modify an operation of the HVAC device based on the mapping and responsive to a determination of occupancy in the space by the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Petr Endel, Karel Marik, Ondrej Holub
  • Patent number: 10935268
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining environmental data for an HVAC system are provided. Aspects include a housing, a transceiver, at least one environmental sensor, and a controller coupled to a memory, the controller configured determine a state of the at least one environmental sensor. And based at least in part on the state of the at least one environmental sensor being a failure state, obtain proximate environmental data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Pradeep Kumar Gottumukkala
  • Patent number: 10900682
    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: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara Dean-Hendricks, Joshua Jacque Edberg, David Quam, Amy Ragland
  • Patent number: 10902531
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a thermostat obtains real-time energy prices from a electricity grid. It may also obtain additional data from external data sources, such as predicted energy prices or weather predictions. The thermostat attempts to find a control strategy for when to switch available aggregates that may include furnaces and air conditioners on and off. In order to solve this integer programming problem, the thermostat uses a random search algorithm. According to some embodiments, various data sources, such as day-ahead prices and real-time prices, are combined into forecasts of electricity prices for the present and future time periods. In some embodiments, a thermostat selects predictively between heating or cooling by letting outside air in or by using heating and cooling aggregates. Additional embodiments are discussed and shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Promanthan Brains LLC
    Inventor: Oliver Markus Haynold
  • Patent number: 10895395
    Abstract: An air-conditioner remote controller in an air conditioner system that includes the air-conditioner remote controller and an air conditioner that performs air-conditioning control using room temperature information received from the air-conditioner remote controller, includes: a storage unit to store room temperature information that is information on room temperature measured by a plurality of temperature sensors and store schedule information that sets, for each time zone, a temperature sensor to measure a room temperature to be used as room temperature information in the air-conditioning control of the air conditioner; and a control unit to perform control such that the room temperature information from the set temperature sensor is acquired from the storage unit and the acquired room temperature information is transmitted to the air conditioner in accordance with the schedule information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Kojima, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Hidetoshi Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 10816234
    Abstract: An HVAC system within a building including an HVAC device having an air filter, a number of sensors, and a control device. The control device has a processor that is configured to determine a current air quality metric based on air quality measurements received by the sensor. The control device is further configured to calculate an average air quality metric based on the current air quality metric and a set of previous air quality metrics. The control device is further configured to store the average air quality metric. The control device is further configured to generate an air filter type recommendation based on the average air quality metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Ajax, Joseph R. Ribbich
  • Patent number: 10767883
    Abstract: Systems and methods for orchestrating the operation of energy-consuming loads, so as to minimize power consumption, are described. In some embodiments, the loads can be HVAC, refrigeration systems, air compressors, and the like, and orchestration is effected either directly or by means of the loads' respective controllers. In some aspects, the controllers can be Smart Thermostats and orchestration is effected through a Cloud-based orchestration platform or “COP.” In certain aspects, a COP uses specifically programmed application programming interfaces, or APIs, to control the operation of a single manufacturer's Smart Thermostats, where the manufacturer provides its own Cloud-based control platform, through which the COP operates. The COP can similarly orchestrate the operation of two or more manufacturers' Smart Thermostats through their respective Cloud-based control platforms. By these and other means, the operation of a variety of energy-consuming loads can be more easily and efficiently orchestrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ENCYCLE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter Bryan Malcolm, Mark Howard Kerbel, Paul Stidworthy
  • Patent number: 10760808
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an inverter air conditioner control device based on a thermolator, which includes: a first controller, and an input interface, an outdoor unit communicating interface and a detecting interface all connected with the first controller, and an indoor unit controlled by a second controller, wherein, the input interface is connected with the thermolator, receives a control signal sent by the thermolator; the detecting interface is connected with a temperature detector, receives an indoor temperature signal; the first controller connects with a inverter air conditioner outdoor unit, controls an operation of the inverter air conditioner outdoor unit; the first controller sets a target reference temperature which is used for adjusting an operation frequency of a compressor of the inverter air conditioner outdoor unit. The present disclosure also provides a terminal, an inverter air conditioner control system and control method based on the thermolator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT CO., LTD., MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dafa Gui
  • Patent number: 10760810
    Abstract: Equipment management system including two or more indoor environment control devices controlling the air environment in an indoor space; and control terminal connected to each of indoor environment control devices and configured to send and receive information to and from them. Control terminal includes external communication unit that communicates with mobile communication device connected through a public line; condition acquiring unit that acquires information related to an operating condition of indoor environment control devices from mobile communication device through external communication unit; operating condition determination unit that determines an operating condition of indoor environment control devices based on information acquired by condition acquiring unit; and control unit that operates indoor environment control devices under the operating condition determined by operating condition determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuusuke Nakashima, Masamichi Kachi, Tsuraki Nakajima, Ayumi Konishi
  • Patent number: 10756919
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for using a robotic device to manipulate a manual control of a device. In one aspect, the system includes a robotic device, a first device that is located at a property and that has a manual control, and a monitoring unit. The monitoring unit may include a network interface, a processor, and a storage device that includes instructions to cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may include determining an operating state of the first device, determining the state of the monitoring system, determining whether one or more of the manual controls associated with the first device should be manipulated to alter the operating state of the first device, and transmitting one or more instruction to the robotic device that instruct the robotic device to manipulate one or more manual controls that are associated the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Todd Kerzner, Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10739031
    Abstract: A system for an automatic temperature control of a space is described. The system includes a temperature maintaining unit, a controller connected to the temperature maintaining unit, and a user device that is communicably connected to the controller. There may also be a temperature sensing unit. The controller is configured to detect a presence of a user device within its vicinity. When the user device is detected, the controller reads the personal thermal comfort parameters from the user device, that may be stored within the user device. The controller further detects the temperature of the space through the temperature sensing unit and controls various functional parameters of the temperature maintaining unit based on the personal thermal comfort parameters of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Skylett Environmental Engineering Co. Limited
    Inventors: Tak On Andrew Lau, Gin Nam Sze To
  • Patent number: 10718539
    Abstract: A control system includes an energy management system in operation with intelligent, network-connected thermostats located in structures. The thermostats are operable to control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Control during a demand response (DR) event period may be performed based on an optimal control trajectory of the HVAC system, where the control trajectory is optimal in that it minimizes a cost function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Mark Malhotra, Allen J. Minich, Mark D. Stefanski
  • Patent number: 10713674
    Abstract: A method reduces substation demand fluctuations using decoupled price scheme to mange load flexibility to follow renewable variations in a power distribution system. The price scheme includes base energy price component, up/down reserve usage price component, and up/down reserve usage variation price component. The operator adjusts the corresponding price components to achieve desired aggregated demand profile at a substation. Meanwhile, the operator determines the optimal amount of reduced loads, removed loads and transferred loads to minimize the total cost of substation power purchase, available but unused renewable penalty, and demand responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Hongbo Sun
  • Patent number: 10712718
    Abstract: An HVAC controller may be programmed using a mobile device that includes a touch screen display configured to display information and to permit a user to enter information, a network connection configured to communicate with a remote server that is itself in operative communication with the HVAC controller, and a controller in operative communication with the touch screen display and the network connection. The controller may be configured to receive one or more messages related to the operation of the HVAC system via the network connection, and to display the one or more messages on the touch screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: David Quam, Kevin Weirich, Brad Paine, Michael Bruce, Ix
  • Patent number: 10697662
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, methods, for optimizing a schedule of setpoint temperatures used in the control of an HVAC system are presented herein. A schedule of setpoint temperatures may be adjusted by small, incremental amounts so that the schedule migrates from the original schedule to a more energy-efficient schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Mark Malhotra, Evan J. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10677490
    Abstract: A compensational control method includes the steps of: controlling a plurality of indoor air conditioning apparatuses to be in operation according to a target temperature; receiving continuously an operating parameter and an environmental datum from each of the indoor air conditioning apparatus; determining whether there is a specific indoor air conditioning apparatus that needs support; acquiring an adjacent indoor air conditioning apparatus which is influential for the specific indoor air conditioning apparatus according to an influence form which is previously built; establishing a supportive strategy according to a supportable operation capability of the adjacent indoor air conditioning apparatus; and adjusting the operating parameter of the adjacent indoor air conditioning apparatus according to the supportive strategy. Therefore, the adjacent indoor air conditioning apparatus is provided to improve an ambient temperature of an area where the specific indoor air conditioning apparatus is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Tien-Szu Lo, Meng-Seng Chen, Hsiang-Pin Lee, Ying-Hsiu Chen
  • Patent number: 10655874
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for tracking computing enthalpy measurements indicating abnormalities associated with operation of a heating, ventilating, and cooling (HVAC) system. In some implementations, a computer-implemented method includes: obtaining, from one or more sensors associated with the HVAC system, (i) temperature data including a source vent temperature measurement and a return vent temperature of the HVAC system, and (ii) humidity data including a source vent humidity measurement and a return vent humidity measurement of the HVAC system; computing an enthalpy measurement associated with operation of the HVAC system; determining that the computed enthalpy measurement indicates an efficiency issue associated with operation of the HVAC system; and in response to determining that the computed enthalpy measurement indicates the efficiency issue associated with operation of the HVAC system, taking action related to the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Alexander Lawrence Reeder