CN101689058A - Thermostat with messaging capability on display - Google Patents

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CN101689058A
CN101689058A CN 200880022108 CN200880022108A CN101689058A CN 101689058 A CN101689058 A CN 101689058A CN 200880022108 CN200880022108 CN 200880022108 CN 200880022108 A CN200880022108 A CN 200880022108A CN 101689058 A CN101689058 A CN 101689058A
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G·J·霍巴特
H·N·钱德拉舍卡
L·T·西达拉曼娜
T·G·彼得森
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The disclosure pertains to thermostats (12) having an improved interface. In some cases, the thermostat (12) may include a receiver adapted to receive messages from a utility and a display that may beadapted to display information relating to the messages received from the utility. In some cases, the thermostat (12) can display not only menu items, temperature set points and the like, but also has an ability to display variable textual information that is not predefined at the time of manufacture of the display (46). In some cases, the thermostat (12) may include an LCD display (46) that is viewable from outside of the thermostat housing (44) and that includes a first region (48) and a second region (50). The first display region (48) may include an array of fixed segment pixels (52) thatare arranged into a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns for displaying text in a dot matrix format. In some cases, the first region (48) may be adapted to display messages, including scrolling messages. The second region (50) may include a plurality of fixed segment graphical icons, which may be more precisely and more clearly displayed than if displayed using the array of fixed segmentpixels (52) of the first region (48).

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具有在显示器上传送消息能力的恒温器 Having the ability to transmit a message of a thermostat on the display

技术领域 FIELD

本公开内容总的涉及控制器,并且更具体地,涉及诸如包括显示板 The present disclosure relates generally to controllers, and more particularly, to such a display panel comprising

的恒温器的HVAC控制器。 The HVAC controller of the thermostat. 背景技术 Background technique

控制器被使用于各种各样的设备和系统,用于控制家庭和/或建筑物和它们的相关场地上的各种功能。 The controller is used in a wide variety of devices and systems for controlling the home and / or buildings and their related grounds on the various functions. 某些控制器具有进度表编程,修改诸如设置点那样的设备参数作为日期和/或时间的函数。 Some controllers have schedule programming, such as a modified set point device as a function of parameters such as a date and / or time. 利用进度表编程的、 用于控制家庭和/或建筑物和它们的相关场地上的各种功能的某些这样的设备或系统控制器包括例如HVAC控制器、热水器控制器、水软化器控制器、安全系统控制器、草地喷灌器控制器和照明系统控制器。 Using the schedule programmed for controlling home and / or some such device or system controllers various functions on the building site and their associated HVAC controller comprising e.g., water heater controllers, water softener controllers , the security system controller, lawn sprinkler controllers, and lighting system controller.

HVAC控制器例如被利用来监视和如有必要,控制在家庭、办公室、 或其它封闭空间内的各种环境条件。 HVAC controllers, for example, be used to monitor and, if necessary, to control in the home, office, or other environmental conditions within the enclosed space. 这样的设备例如,在调整具有特定空间的任何数目的环境条件,例如包括温度、湿度、通风、空气质量等等方面是有用的。 Such devices, for example, any number of adjustments in the environmental conditions with a particular space including for example temperature, humidity, ventilation, air quality and the like are useful. 控制器可包括微处理器,它与系统中的其它部件交互。 The controller may include a microprocessor, which interacts with the other components in the system. 例如,在家庭中使用的许多现代恒温器中,配备有温度和/或湿度传感能力的控制器单元可被提供来与加热器、抽风机、通风管道、空气压缩器、 加湿器和/或其它部件交互,以便控制在家中各种不同的位置处的温度和湿度水平。 For example, many modern thermostat for use in the home, equipped with a temperature and / or humidity sensing capability controller unit may be provided to the heater, exhaust fan, ventilation ducts, air compressor, humidifier, and / or other components interact at home to control the various temperatures and humidity levels at different locations. 位于控制器单元内的传感器和/或一个或多个遥控传感器可被利用来传感温度和湿度何时达到某个阅值水平,使得控制器单元发送信号来激活或去激活系统中的一个或多个部件。 A sensor located within the controller unit and / or one or more remote sensors may be utilized to sense when the reading reaches a certain temperature and humidity level values, so that the control unit transmits a signal to activate or deactivate the system or a plurality of members.

控制器可以配备有用户接口,允许用户监视和调节在建筑物内一个或多个位置处的环境条件。 The controller may be equipped with a user interface that allows the user to monitor and adjust the environmental conditions at one or more locations within the building. 对于更现代的设计,接口典型地包括液晶显示(LCD)板,被镶嵌在包含微处理器以及控制器的其它部件的外壳内。 For more modern designs, the interface typically includes a liquid crystal display (LCD) panel, is embedded in the housing comprising a microprocessor and other components of the controller. 在某些设计中,用户接口可以允许用户编程控制器,以便按由用户确定的某个进度表工作。 In certain designs, the user interface may allow the user to program the controller in order to operate according to a schedule determined by the user. 例如,接口可包括分开的菜单程序,允许用户在特定的一天期间在一个或多个时间改变温度。 For example, the interface may include a separate menu that allows users to change the temperature at one or more times during a particular day. 一旦对于那天的设置值被编程, 用户就可以重复该过程以改变对于其余的天的设置值。 Once the settings for that day is programmed, the user can repeat the process to change the setting value for the remaining days.

发明内容本公开内容涉及具有改进的接口的恒温器。 SUMMARY The present disclosure relates to a thermostat having an improved interface. 在某些情形下,本公开内容涉及不仅仅可以显示菜单项、温度设置点等等,而且还可以显示在显示器制造时没有预先规定的可变文本信息的恒温器。 In certain instances, the present disclosure relates to only a menu item may be displayed, temperature set point, etc., but also does not show the thermostat variable text at a predetermined display manufacturing information. 在某些情形下, In some cases,

本公开内容涉及可包括适于从公用设施(utility)接收消息的接收机和适于显示与从公用设施接收的消息有关的信息的显示器的恒温器。 The present disclosure is directed may comprise adapted to receive a message from the utility (Utility) and a receiver adapted to display the thermostat display information related to the message received from the utility.

在某些事例中,本公开内容涉及结合HVAC系统使用的恒温器。 In some instances, the present disclosure is directed to an HVAC system in conjunction with a thermostat is used. 恒温器可包括恒温器外壳和放置在恒温器外壳内的控制器。 The thermostat housing can include a thermostat and the thermostat is placed within the controller housing. 控制器可以实施控制算法,适于至少部分控制HVAC系统的一个或多个部件。 The controller may implement a control algorithm, one or more components adapted to at least partially control the HVAC system. 恒温器可包括从恒温器外壳的外面可看见的LCD显示器,它包括第一显示区域和第二显示区域。 Thermostat may include an LCD display from the outside of the thermostat housing can be seen, which comprises a first display area and a second display area. 第一显示区域可包括固定的分段像素的阵列,被排列成多个行和多个列,用于以点矩阵格式显示文本。 The first display area may comprise a fixed array of segmented pixels are arranged in a plurality of rows and columns, for displaying the text in a dot matrix format. 在某些情形下,第一区域可以适于显示消息,包括滚动消息。 In some cases, the first region may be adapted to display messages, including scrolling message. 第二区域可包括多个固定的分段图形图标,它们比如果使用第一区域的固定的分段像素的阵列被显示时可以更精确和更清晰地显示。 The second region may comprise a plurality of fixed segments graphical icons can be more accurately and more clearly show they are fixed array segment display ratio if the pixel using the first region.

案。 case. 下面的附图和详细说明更具体地举例说明这些实施例。 The following figures and detailed description more particularly exemplify these embodiments. 附图说明 BRIEF DESCRIPTION

通过结合附图考虑本发明的各种实施例的以下的详细说明,可以更全面了解本发明,其中: By considering the following detailed description in conjunction with the accompanying drawings of various embodiments of the present invention, the present invention can be more fully understood, in which:

图1显示说明性的但非限制性的HVAC控制系统。 Figure 1 shows an illustrative but non-limiting HVAC control system. 图2显示图1的恒温器的说明性的但非限制性的例子; 图3显示按照其编程工作的说明性恒温器; Illustrative but non-limiting example of Figure 2 shows the thermostat of Figure 1; Figure 3 shows an illustrative thermostat according to its programming;

图4显示在当前的能量要求和/或当前的能量花费达到临界水平后图3的说明性恒温器; 4 shows an illustrative reaches a critical level, after spending the thermostat 3 in the current energy requirement and / or the current energy;

图5显示正在显示第一存储的或接收的消息的图3的说明性恒温器; 图6-7显示正在显示第二存储的或接收的消息的图5的说明性恒温 FIG 5 is a diagram showing a first display or storage of the received message is an illustrative thermostat 3; FIG. 6-7 is being displayed explanatory view of a second thermostat, or the received message memory 5

器; Device;

图8显示正在显示从公用设施接收的"请节省"消息的图3的说明性恒温器; FIG 8 is being displayed is received from the utility "Please save" message of FIG. 3 is an illustrative thermostat;

图9显示正在显示从公用设施或其它源接收的"风暴警告,,消息的图3的说明性恒温器; FIG. 9 is being displayed is received from the utility or other sources "Storm Warning ,, illustrative message of FIG. 3, a thermostat;

图IO显示正在显示包括历史电消耗信息的与电消耗相关的信息的图3的说明性恒温器; FIG IO is being displayed includes information related to the electrical consumption of electrical consumption history information of FIG illustrative of the thermostat 3;

图n显示正在显示包括历史电花费信息的与电花费相关的信息的图 Figure n diagram is being displayed, including information related to the history of electricity cost information and cost of electricity

3的^t明性恒温器; 3 ^ t illustrative thermostat;

图12显示正在显示包括历史水使用信息的与水使用相关的信息的图3的说明性恒温器; FIG. 12 is being displayed includes information relating to the history of the use of water using the water-related information of FIG. 3 is an illustrative thermostat;

图13显示正在显示包括历史水使用花费信息的与水使用花费相关的信息的图3的说明性恒温器; FIG. 13 is being displayed includes a history of the use of water and water spending information related to the use of the map information takes illustrative of the thermostat 3;

图14显示正在显示包括气使用信息的与气使用相关的信息的图3的说明性恒温器; 14 shows the use of the information being displayed with the gas comprises gas associated with the use of the map information of an illustrative thermostat 3;

图15显示正在显示包括历史气使用花费信息的与气使用花费相关的信息的图3的说明性恒温器; Figure 15 shows the use of gas is being displayed includes a history of spending information using cost information related to gas FIG illustrative thermostat 3;

图16是按照本发明的说明性方法的流程图;以及图17是按照本发明的另一个说明性方法的流程图。 FIG 16 is a flowchart of an illustrative method according to the present invention; and FIG. 17 is a flow chart of another illustrative method of the present invention. 虽然本发明适用于各种修改和替换形式,但本发明的详细说明书在附图上通过例子被显示,并将详细地描述。 Although the present invention is applicable to various modifications and alternative forms, the detailed description of the present invention by an example is shown in the drawing and will be described in detail. 然而,应当理解,本发明不打算将发明限于所描述的特定的说明性实施例。 However, it should be understood that the present invention is not intended to limit the invention to the described specific illustrative embodiments. 相反,打算覆盖落入本发明的精神和范围内的所有的修改、等价物、和替换例。 Instead, the intention is to cover all modifications within the spirit and scope of the present invention, equivalents, and alternatives. 具体实施方式 Detailed ways

以下的说明应当结合附图进行阅读,在不同的图上的相同的单元以相同的方式被标号。 The following description should be read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, like elements in different drawings are numbered in the same manner. 附图不一定是按比例的,附图描绘选择的实施例, 并且不打算限制本发明的范围。 Drawings are not necessarily to scale, the drawings depict selected embodiments and are not intended to limit the scope of the invention. 虽然显示了对于各种单元的构造、尺寸、 和材料的例子,但本领域技术人员将认识到,所提供的许多例子具有可以利用的适用的替换例。 Although a configuration for various size units, examples, and materials, those skilled in the art will recognize that many of the examples provided have suitable alternatives that may be utilized in.

图1显示说明性的J旦非限制性的HVAC控制系统10。 Figure 1 shows a non-limiting J denier illustrative HVAC control system 10. 说明性HVAC 控制系统10包括恒温器12,它可以适于与HVAC设备14交互,并控制HVAC设备14。 Illustrative HVAC control system 10 includes a thermostat 12, which can be adapted to interact with the HVAC device 14, and controls the HVAC device 14. HVAC设备14可包括一个或多个制冷设备16、加热诏: 备18和/或通风设备20。 HVAC device 14 may include one or more cooling devices 16, the heating Chao: and / or ventilation device 20 Preparation 18. 在某些情形下,制冷设备16和加热设备18例如可以被组合在压缩空气系统中,或者或许热泵浦系统,特别是在居民和/或照明商业应用中。 In certain instances, the cooling device 16 and the heating device 18, for example, may be combined in the compressed air system, or perhaps a thermal pumping system, particularly in residential and / or commercial lighting applications. 在其它情形下, 一个或多个制冷设备16、加热设备18和/或通风设备20可以是由恒温器12控制的不同的系统。 In other cases, one or more of 16, heating device 18 and / or ventilation device 20 may be different refrigeration system 12 controlled by a thermostat. 在某些事例中,预期恒温器12可代表两个或多个不同的恒温器,每个控制在HVAC 设备14内的,和/或在结构内的不同的区域内的不同的设备。 In some instances, it is contemplated the thermostat 12 may represent two or more different incubators within the HVAC device 14, and / or different devices in different areas within each control structure. 在说明性实施例中,恒温器12可以适于与公用设施22交互,和/或与公用设施22通信。 In the illustrative embodiment, the thermostat 12 may be adapted to communicate with the interaction 22 and / or 22 with the utility utility. 公用设施22可代表产生或否则提供诸如电、天然气等等那样的能源或提供其它公用设施诸如水和/或排污水服务的公用设施公司或其它实体。 Utilities 22 may generate or otherwise provide on behalf of that kind of energy, such as electricity, natural gas, etc., or provide other utilities such as water utility companies and / or waste water services or other entity. 公用设施22可代表提供可被使用于供热和/或其它任何想要的用途的热水源的公用设施公司或其它实体。 Utilities 22 representatives may be used for heating and / or any other desired use of hot water utility company or other entity. 公用设施22可以从地热源或通过使用生物量或甚至微波能量来加热水而提供热水。 Utilities 22 may be provided from the heat source or hot water by use of biomass or even microwave energy to heat the water.

在某些事例中,恒温器12可以经由通信网24接收来自公用设施22 的信号。 In some instances, the thermostat 12 may receive signals from the utility 22 via the communication network 24. 通信网24可包括使用设施无线电频率等在公用设施22与恒温器12之间进行无线通信。 Communication network 24 may include the use of facilities such as radio frequencies for wireless communication between the utility 22 and the thermostat 12. 在某些情形下,通信网24可以代表在公用设施22与恒温器12之间的硬连线的通信网,诸如铜连线、同轴电缆、CAT 5电缆、光纤等等。 In certain instances, communications network 24 may represent the utility hardwired communication network 22 between the thermostat 12, such as copper wires, coaxial cable, CAT 5 cable, fiber and the like. 在某些事例中,特别是如果公用设施22提供电功率到其中放置恒温器12的建筑物,通信网24可代表通过电力线本身发送的信号。 In some instances, especially if the utility supplying electrical power to 22 wherein the thermostat is placed in the building 12, communications network 24 may represent a signal transmitted through the power line itself. 在某些情形下,部分通信网24可以是有线的,而另一部分可以是无线的。 In certain instances, part of the communications network 24 may be wired, while another portion may be wireless. 更一般地,通信网24可以是在/>用:&施22等与恒温器12之间的任何适当的通信路径。 More generally, the communication network 24 may be a /> with: any suitable communications path between 12 & 22 and the like is applied with the thermostat.

在某些事例中,恒温器12可以从7>用设施22接收关于乂>用设施使用、公用设施使用历史、当前的和/或历史的费率信息等等的信息。 In some instances, the thermostat 12 may be from 7> receiving facility 22 on qe> with the use of facilities, utilities usage history, current information and / or historical rate information and the like. 替採地,或另外,恒温器12可以从计量表26接收关于公用设施使用、公用设施使用历史、当前的和/或历史的费率信息等等的信息。 Eice Alternatively, or in addition, the thermostat 12 from the meter 26 can receive information regarding the use of public facilities, public facilities usage history, current and / or historical rate information and the like information. 在某些情形下, 恒温器12可以从公用设施22和/或计量表26接收关于当前的电的费率, 比如说每千瓦小时几分的信息。 In some cases, the thermostat 12 may receive from the utility 22 and / or the rate of about 26 meters an electrical current, for example a bit of information per kilowatt-hour. 在某些事例中,恒温器12可以接收关于在预付费帐户中的余额、或者或许每月垃圾费和/或污水费的信息。 In some instances, the thermostat 12 may receive the balance on the prepaid account, or perhaps monthly garbage fee information and / or sewage fees.

7>用设施22和/或计量表26,例如,可以把关于>^用设施使用的度量的信息提供到恒温器12。 7> Facilities 22 and / or 26 meters, for example, can be> Facilities metric information used to provide ^ on the thermostat 12. 在某些情形下,公用设施使用的度量可以涉及到在指定的时间段上(例如,在过去的一年内,过去的一月内,过去的一星期内,过去的一天内,过去的一*卜时内,等等)当前的公用设施花费, 即,在指定的时间段上当前的电花费,在指定的时间段上当前的煤气花费,在指定的时间段上当前的水花费,等等。 In some cases, utilities use metrics can relate to in a specified period of time (eg, within the past year, past month, past week, past day, past a * BU within the time, and so on) current utility costs, that is, the current electricity cost over a specified period of time, the current cost of gas over a specified period of time, the current cost of water over a specified period of time, etc. . 在某些事例中,公用设施使用的度量可包括公用设施使用量,因此公用设施22可以给恒温器12 提供例如关于在指定的时间段上(例如,在过去的一年内,过去的一月内, 过去的一星期内,过去的一天内,过去的一小时内,安排的时间间隔内等等)当前正使用多少能量(例如,以KWH计,即千瓦小时)的信息。 In some instances, utility usage metrics may include utility usage, so utilities can provide, for example 22, for example, in the past year, within about in the specified period of time (past month to the thermostat 12 time in the past week, the last day within the past hour, scheduled interval, etc.) is currently being how much energy (for example, to kWH meter, ie kilowatt hour) use of information. 在某些事例中,公用设施22和/或计量表26可以提供关于公用设施使用的消息。 In some instances, the utility 22 and / or the meter 26 may provide information about the utility usage. 例如,? E.g,? ^用设施22可以经由通信网24提供打算给房主、 设施管理员等等的一个或多个消息。 ^ Can provide a homeowner, facility managers, etc. or more messages through the communication network intends to use facilities 24 22. 在某些情形下,如果公用设施要求是高的,则公用设施22可以提供一个或多个消息,允许或指令恒温器12 显示关于如何节省能量、水或其它资源的建议。 In some cases, if the demand is high utility, the utility 22 may provide one or more messages, or instructions allowing the thermostat 12 shows suggestions on how to save energy, water, or other resources. 例如,如果公用设施能量要求是高的或预期是高的,则恒温器12可以显示建议房主或设施管理员通过改变温度设置点而节省能量的一个或多个消息,或者或许建议他们等待,并在一天的以后时间,在公用设施要求可能是较低时,运行能量消耗量大的电器。 For example, if the utility energy requirements are high or expected to be high, the thermostat 12 can display the owner or facility manager recommended a saving of energy or more messages, or perhaps suggest they wait by changing the temperature set point, and later in the day time, when the utility requirement may be lower, running large energy consumption of electrical appliances. 在某些事例中,公用设施22可以提供一个或多个消息,允许或指令恒温器12显示关于当前或预期的天气、当前或预期的能量要求、当前或预期的价格等级等等的信息。 In some instances, the utility 22 may provide one or more messages, or instructions, the thermostat 12 to allow the display on the current or expected weather, current or anticipated energy requirements, information on the current or anticipated price level, and the like.

在某些情形下,公用设施22和/或计量表26可以提供使得恒温器12 显示有关公用设施账单的信息的一个或多个消息。 In certain instances, the utility 22 and / or the meter 26 may be provided so that the thermostat 12 to display a message or a plurality of information about the utility bill. 这可包括公用设施账单历史、当前公用设施收费率、和/或当前公用设施花费等等。 This history may include a utility bill, current utility rate charges, and / or current utility cost and so on. 恒温器12 可以显示关于在第一时间段期间(例如,指定的月份,诸如当前的月份) 公用设施使用的度量的信息,和关于在与第一时间段不同的第二时间段期间(例如,在一年前的指定的月份)公用设施使用的度量的信息。 The thermostat 12 may display information during a first period of time (e.g., on the month, such as the current month) use utility metric, and on during a first time period and second time period different from (e.g., in a measure of the information specified month a year ago) utility use. 虽然不需要,但第一时间段可以在时间上出现在第二时间段之前。 Although not required, but a first time period may occur before a second period in time. 在某些情形下,控制器34可以通过监视一个或多个HVAC系统部件16, 18和/或20 的接通时间而计算由建筑物或其它结构的HVAC系统消耗的公用设施使用的度量。 In certain instances, the controller 34 may monitor one or more of the HVAC system components 16, 18 and / or measure utility consumption by the HVAC system of a building or other structure used on-time is calculated 20.

第一时间段和第二时间段的每个可以独立地是任何想要的时间长度,并且可以在时间上被分隔开任何想要的时间间隔。 Each of the first period and the second period may be independently any desired length of time, and may be spaced apart at any desired time interval. 在某些情形下, 第一时间段可以紧接在第二时间段之前。 In some cases, a first time period may be immediately before the second time period. 第一时间段,如果想要的话, 可以是在第二时间段之前一个或多个月。 The first period of time, if desired, may be before the second period of a month or more. 在某些情形下,第一时间段可以在第二时间段之前约一年或更多。 In some cases, the first time period may be about a year or more before the second period.

在某些情形下,第一时间段和第二时间段的每个可以对应于一星期(168小时)时间段,以及第一时间段可以对应于紧接在相对于第二时间段之前的一星期。 In some cases, each of the first period and the second time period may correspond to a period of one week (168 hours), and may correspond to a first time period immediately before with respect to a second time period week. 在某些事例中,第一时间段和第二时间段的每个对应于一个月的时间段。 In some instances, the first time period and second time period corresponds to a time period for each month. 第一时间段可以是紧接在相对于第二时间段之前的一个月的时间段。 The first time period may be a period of time with respect to immediately before the second month period. 在某些情形下,第一时间段(例如,2006年6月)可以是在第二时间段(例如,2007年6月)之前约一年的、 一个月的时间段。 In some cases, the first time period (for example, June 2006) may be a second period of time before (for example, June 2007) about a year, a month's time. 在某些情形下,为第一时间段显示的公用设施使用的度量的指示可包括在第一时间段期间公用设施使用的花费的指示,以及为第二时间段显示的公用设施使用的度量的指示包括在第二时间段期间公用设施使用的花费的指示。 In some cases, the display indicates the utility metric for a first period of time used may include an indication during a first period of time spent using the utility, and the utility metric for a second display period used It comprises an indication of the use of public facilities during the second time period it takes. 在某些事例中,为第一时间段显示的公用设施使用的度量的指示包括在第一时间段期间公用设施使用量的指示,以及为第二时间段显示的公用设施使用的度量的指示包括在第二时间段期间公用设施使用量的指示。 In some instances, the metric indicative of utility for displaying a first time period used include during a first period indicative of utility usage, and indicate the utility of the display using the second time period includes metrics indicating utility usage during the second time period.

在某些实施例中,恒温器12可以适于通过通信线路28与计量表26 进行交互和/或通信。 In certain embodiments, the thermostat 12 may be adapted to interact with 26 and / or communicating through a communication line 28 with the meter. 计量表26例如可以适于测量和/或调整来自/^用设施22的能量流或其它资源(例如,水),以及还可以经由无线、有线、光、 或任何其它适当的通信路径给恒温器12提供使用信息。 For example, the meter 26 adapted to measure and / or adjusted from / ^ with a stream of energy or other resource facility 22 (e.g., water), and also via a wireless, wired, optical, or any other suitable communications path to the thermostat 12 provides usage information. 在某些事例中, 虽然在图1上没有明显地显示在它们之间的直接通信,但计量表26可以给公用设施22提供使用信息。 In some instances, although not explicitly shown in the direct communication between them in FIG. 1, the meter 26 may provide usage information to the utility 22.

通信线路28可以代表在计量表26和恒温器12之间的无线通信。 Communication line 28 may represent a wireless communication between the meter 26 and the thermostat 12. 在某些情形下,通信线路28可以代表在计量表26和恒温器12之间的硬连线,诸如铜连线、同轴电缆、CAT 5电缆、光缆等等。 In certain instances, the communication line 28 may represent a hard-wired between the meter 12 and the thermostat 26, such as copper wires, coaxial cable, CAT 5 cable, fiber optic cable and the like. 在某些事例中, 虽然图l上没有明显地显示,但预期计量表26也可以与公用设施22通信,并且可以从公用设施22接收公用设施费率信息等等,但这不是在所有的实施例中需要的。 In some instances, although not clearly show the Figure l, it is contemplated that the meter 26 may communicate with the utility 22, and may receive utility from the utility rate information 22 and the like, but not all embodiments in Examples desired.

以前的讨论描述了在>^用设施22与恒温器12之间和/或在计量表26 与恒温器12之间可以发生的通信。 Described in previous discussions> ^ and / or communications may occur between the meter 12 and the thermostat 26 between the facilities 22 and 12 with the thermostat. 为了适应这种通信,恒温器12可包括接收机和/或收发机30,允许恒温器12经由通信网24与7>用设施22 通信和/或经由通信线路28与计量表26通信。 To accommodate such a communication, the thermostat 12 may include a receiver and / or transceiver 30, 12 allows the thermostat 24 via the communication network 7> communication facility 22 and / or 28 via the communication line 26 communicate with the meter. 正如指出的,通信网24和/或通信线路28之一或二者可以是有线或无线的。 As noted, communications network 24 and / or 28 one or both of the communication line may be wired or wireless. 在某些情形下,通信网24例如可包括无线寻呼系统,以及接收机和/或收发机30可以是例如使用诸如由Motorola可提供的FLEX⑧寻呼技术那样的900 MHz寻呼技术的负载控制接收机。 In certain instances, for example, communications network 24 may comprise a wireless paging system, and a receiver and / or transceiver 30 may be used, for example, 900 MHz paging load control techniques such as FLEX⑧ paging technology by Motorola available receiver. 一个这样的负载控制接收机是由位于Wayzata, Minnesota的Cannon Technologies可得到的,虽然预期可以4吏用任何适当的通信设备,如果想要的话。 Such a receiver is located in the load control Wayzata, Minnesota Cannon Technologies is available, although officials expected to be 4 in any suitable communications device if desired.

恒温器12可包括用户接口32,它可以适于从用户处接受信息以及提供信息给用户。 The thermostat 12 may include a user interface 32, which can be adapted to receive information from the user and providing information to the user. 在某些情形下,用户接口32可包括液晶显示器(LCD)以及小鍵盘或类似的输入设备。 In some cases, the user interface 32 may include a liquid crystal display (LCD) and a keypad or similar input device. 在某些情形下,用户接口32可包括提供这 In some cases, the user interface 32 may include providing it

10两种功能的触摸屏。 10 touch screen two functions.

恒温器12可包括控制器34,它适于监管上述的、在恒温器12与公用设施22和/或计量表26之间的通信。 The thermostat 12 may include a controller 34, which is adapted to the above regulation, the communication 26 between the thermostat 12 and the utility 22 and / or meter. 控制器34可以调整在用户接口32上被请求和/或显示的信息。 The controller 34 can adjust the requested user interface 32 and / or display information. 控制器34可以适于实施控制算法,适于至少部分控制HVAC设备14的一个或多个部件。 The controller 34 may be adapted to implement a control algorithm, adapted to at least partially control the HVAC unit 14 or a plurality of parts. 恒温器12可包括存储器块36,它可被使用来存储运行参数、公用设施使用历史等等。 The thermostat 12 may include a memory block 36, which may be used to store the operating parameters, the utility usage history and the like.

恒温器12可包括放置在恒温器12内的传感器38以及一个或多个外部传感器40,如果想要的话。 The thermostat 12 may include a thermostat 12 placed within the sensor 38 and one or more external sensors 40, if desired. 每个传感器38和40可以是任何类型的传感器,或可以代表多种传感器,诸如温度传感器、湿度传感器等等。 Each sensor 38 and 40 may be any type of sensor, or may represent a variety of sensors, such as temperature sensors, humidity sensors, etc. 外部传感器40可以硬连线到恒温器12,或可以进行无线通信,如果想要的话。 External sensor 40 may be hardwired to the thermostat 12, or may communicate wirelessly, if desired.

图2显示恒温器42的说明性但非限制性的例子,它可被认为代表恒温器12(图1),但显示关于用户接口32的附加细节。 Figure 2 shows the thermostat 42 is an illustrative but non-limiting examples, it may be considered to represent the thermostat 12 (FIG. 1), but showing additional details regarding the user interface 32. 恒温器42包括恒温器外壳44和LCD显示器46,该显示器是从恒温器外壳44外面可看见的。 The thermostat 42 includes a thermostat housing 44 and LCD display 46, which displays the thermostat from the outside of the housing 44 can be seen. 恒温器外壳44可以由任何适当的材料形成,并具有任何适当的尺寸。 The thermostat housing 44 may be formed of any suitable material and have any suitable dimensions. 在某些情形下,恒温器外壳44是从聚合材料模压或铸模的。 In certain instances, the thermostat housing 44 is molded from a polymeric material or the mold. 在某些情形下,LCD显示器46是触摸屏LCD,但这不是在所有的实施例中必须的。 In some cases, LCD monitors 46 is a touch screen LCD, it is not required in all embodiments.

LCD显示器46可被认为包括第一区域48和第二区域50。 LCD display 46 may be considered to comprise a first region 48 and second region 50. 在说明性实施例中,第一区域48包括像素52的阵列,被排列成多个行和多个列,以便形成适合于以点矩阵形式显示诸如文本那样的数字字母字符的像素的阵列。 In an illustrative embodiment, the first region 48 comprises an array of pixels 52 are arranged in a plurality of rows and columns to form an array of pixels suitable for displaying text, such as alphanumeric characters in a dot matrix form. 在某些情形下, 一个或多个像素52可以是方形或圆形固定分段像素。 In certain instances, one or more pixels 52 can be square or circular segment fixed pixels. 例如,第一区域48可包括被排列成7行和总共125列的像素52的阵列。 For example, the first region 48 and may include an array of pixels 52 arranged in 7 rows in total 125. 为了清晰地显示各个像素,像素52在图2上示意地显示为不发光的. In order to clearly show each of the pixels, the pixel 52 is schematically shown in FIG. 2 is a non-luminescent.

第一区域48可以使用固定分段类型LCD显示器或图形类型LCD显示器来构建。 The first region 48 may be constructed using a fixed pattern segment type LCD type display or an LCD display. 当第一区域48被构建为固定分段LCD显示器时,提供了多个相对小的固定分段点,在某些情形下,它可被排列成字符块,每个字符块例如具有5x7个点。 When the first region 48 is constructed as a fixed segment LCD display, a plurality of relatively small fixed segment point, in some cases, it may be arranged in a block of characters, each character block of 5x7 dots having e.g. . 在某些情形下,每个字符块可被分开地寻址,并且可以形成数字、字母和有限数目的符号。 In some cases, each character block may be addressed separately, and may form numbers, letters and a limited number of symbols. 在其它情形下,每个固定分段点可以分开地寻址。 In other cases, each of the fixed segment point can be separately addressed. 当第一区域48被构建为图形类型LCD显示器时,相对大的数目的像素被排列成行和列,每个像素典型地能被单独地寻址。 When the first region 48 is constructed as a graphical LCD display type, a relatively large number of pixels arranged in rows and columns, each pixel typically be individually addressed. 在说明性但非限制性例子中,第一区域48可包括或可被形成为固定分段LCD显示器。 In an illustrative but non-limiting example, the first region 48 may comprise or may be formed as a fixed segment LCD display. 它可包括总共25个5x7字符,总共875个单独的像素52。 It may include a total of 25 characters 5x7, a total of 875 individual pixels 52. 每个像素52可以是方形,并且尺寸可以是0.5毫米x0.5毫米。 Each pixel 52 may be square and the size may be 0.5 mm x0.5 mm. 在相邻的像素52之间可以有小的间隙。 Between adjacent pixels 52 may have a small gap. 在某些情况下,在相邻像素52 之间可以是0.05亳米的间隙。 In some cases, between adjacent pixels 52 may be a gap of 0.05 millimeters. 这些像素52可被形成为在制造固定分段LCD显示器时使用的固定分段掩膜的一部分。 The pixel 52 may be formed as a fixed segment producing a mask for use in a fixed part of the LCD display segment.

在某些情形下,第一区域48可被使用来显示消息和其它类似的文本。 In some cases, the first region 48 may be used to display text messages and the like. 控制器34可被耦合到用户接口32,并且控制器可以适于使用固定分段像素52的阵列在第一区域48中显示包括两个或多个文本字符的消息。 The controller 34 may be coupled to a user interface 32, and the controller may be adapted to use a fixed array of 52 pixels of the display segment comprises two or more characters of text message 48 in the first region. 如果想要的话,控制器34可以适于在第一区域48的至少一部分中滚动消息。 If desired, controller 34 may be adapted to scroll through the message at least part of the first region 48. 这在显示太长的、无法整个地同时显示于第一区域48内的消息时是有用的。 This display too long, not the entire message is simultaneously displayed in the first region 48 is useful. 在使得在第一区域48内显示的消息吸引注意时,滚动也可以是有用的。 In such message is displayed in the first region 48 to attract attention, scrolling may be useful. 在某些情形下,使得在第一区域内的消息闪烁,即,重复地接通和关断,以吸引注意该特定的消息。 In certain instances, such messages in the first region of the scintillator, i.e., is repeatedly turned on and off to attract the particular attention message.

在某些情形下,显示器46可包括向左箭头图标54和/或向右箭头图标56,可被使用来滚动长消息,或者或许滚动多个消息。 In some cases, display 46 may include a left arrow icon 54 and / or the right arrow icon 56, to scroll the long message may be used, or a plurality of messages may scroll. 向左箭头图标54和向右箭头图标56可被构建为固定分段图标,并且可以不认为是第一区域48的一部分,虽然它们位于显示器46的上面部分内。 54 left arrow icon and right arrow icon 56 may be constructed as a fixed segment icon, and may not be considered part of the first region 48, although they are located within the upper portion 46 of the display. 在某些实施例中,按压向右箭头图标56可以使得控制器34(图l)显示另一个消息, 如果另一个消息是可提供的话,或使得消息滚动。 In certain embodiments, pressing the right arrow icon 56 may cause the controller 34 (FIG. L) shows another message if another message is provided, or that the message scrolling. 按压向左箭头图标54 可以使得控制器34显示前一个消息,或使得消息滚动。 Pressing the left arrow icon 54 may cause the controller 34 displays a message before, so that the message or rolling.

用户显示器46的第二区域50可包括多个固定分段图形图标。 The user display 50 of the second region 46 may include a plurality of fixed segments graphical icons. 在第二区域50内的至少一些固定分段图形图标可以是或可包括字、圆周边界和/或在圃周边界内的字。 Fixing at least some of the sections of graphical icons in the second region 50 may be or may comprise a word, a circumferential border, and / or word in the garden surrounding community. 在某些事例中,LCD显示器46是触摸屏LCD, 以及一个或多个固定分段图形图标可以与一个或多个触摸敏感按钮一致。 In some instances, LCD monitors 46 is a touch screen LCD, and one or more graphical icons fixed segments may coincide with one or more touch sensitive buttons.

例如,第二区域50可包括消息图标58。 For example, the second region 50 may include a message icon 58. 如果恒温器42接收或否则生成要在第一区域48内显示的文本消息,则控制器34(图l)可以使消息图标58闪烁和/或可以照明消息图标58内的"查看"文本。 If the thermostat 42 to receive or otherwise generate a text message to be displayed in a first region 48, the controller 34 (FIG. L) that the message icon 58 may blink and / or can be illuminated "view" icon 58 within the message text. "查看"文本可被形成为固定分段图形图标的一部分,如果想要的话。 "View" Text may be formed as part of the fixed segments graphical icons, if desired. 消息图标58可以与触摸敏感按钮或LED显示器46的一部分一致。 Message icon 58 may be consistent with a portion of touch-sensitive buttons 46 or LED display. 在某些情形下,消息图标58可包括固定分段圃周边界59。 In some cases, a message icon 58 may comprise a fixed segment Pu peripheral boundary 59. 按压消息图标58可以使得控制器34使用固定分段像素52的阵列在显示器46的第一区域48内进行显示和/或滚动的一个或多个消息。 Message icon 58 is pressed so that the controller 34 may use a fixed array of pixels 52 for display segments and / or one or more messages within a first rolling region 48 of the display 46. 在某些情形下, 一旦消息被显示,在消息图标58内的"删除"文本可以被照亮,虽然这不一定是必须的。 In some cases, once a message is displayed in the message icon 58 "Delete" text can be illuminated, although this is not necessarily a must. 在这个阶段按压消息图标58可以使得控制器34删除已显示或当前正在显示的消息。 At this stage pressing the message icon 58 may cause the controller 34 to delete the message has been displayed or currently being displayed. 第二区域50可包括"退出"图标60。 The second region 50 may include the "Exit" icon 60. 按压退出图标60,而不是消息图标58,可以使得控制器34返回到以前的屏幕,而不用删除显示的消息。 60 Exit icon is pressed, the message icon instead of 58, so that the controller 34 can return to the previous screen without deleting the displayed message. 示例性消息相对于随后的图净支显示和讨论。 Exemplary subsequent message with respect to the net support shown and discussed in FIG.

固定分段LCD显示器常常被配置成通过使用七个分段来显示阿拉伯数字(0-9)。 LCD displays are often fixed segment is configured to display the seven segments by using Arabic numerals (0-9). 相比之下,为显示其它字符,诸如罗马字母、测量单位和其它符号,常常需要十四个分段。 In contrast, other characters for the display, such as the Roman alphabet, symbols, and other units of measurement, often require fourteen segments. 在某些事例中,显示器46的第二区域50 可包括一组62固定分段,它们被配置成显示数字。 In some instances, the display 50 of the second region 46 may include a set of fixed segment 62, which is configured to display numbers. 在特定的情形下,该组62可被配置成显示公用设施使用数据,包括公用设施使用数量数据和/或公用设施使用花费数据。 Under certain circumstances, the group 62 may be configured to display utility usage data, including the number of use utility data and / or utility use cost data. 在某些情形下,该组62可包括总共五个固定分段数字64,每个固定分段数字64具有总共七个不同的条分段66。 In certain instances, the group 62 may include a total of five fixed segment numbers 64, 64 each fixed segment having a total of seven different number of segments 66 bar.

同样地,显示器46的第二区域50可包括一组68固定分段,它们被配置成显示数字。 Likewise, the second display region 46 may include a set of 50 fixed segment 68, which is configured to display numbers. 在某些情形下,该组68可被配置成显示历史公用设施使用数据,包括历史公用设施使用数量和/或历史公用设施使用花费数据。 In certain instances, the group 68 may be configured to display utility usage history data, the use history including the number of utilities and / or utility usage history data takes. 在某些情形下,该组68可包括总共五个固定分段数字70,每个固定分段数字70具有总共七个不同的条分段72。 In certain instances, the group 68 may include a total of five fixed segment numbers 70, 70 each fixed segment having a total of seven different number of segments 72 bar.

在某些事例中,显示器46的第二区域50可包括等级图标74,它可包括临界固定分段76、高固定分段78、中等固定分段80、和/或低固定分段82中的一个或多个。 In some instances, the display 50 of the second region 46 may include a rating icon 74, which may comprise a fixed critical segment 76, a high fixing segment 78, middle segment 80 is fixed, and / or a low fixed segment 82 one or more. 在某些情形下,公用设施22(图l)可以提供信号到恒温器42,通知恒温器42当前的能量花费和/或当前的能量要求已达到特定的等级或水平。 In certain instances, the utility 22 (FIG. L) may provide a signal to the thermostat 42, the thermostat 42 notifies the current energy costs and / or energy requirements of the current has reached a specific level or levels. 例如,如果能量要求和/或能量花费是低的,则可以照亮低固定分段82。 For example, if the energy requirements and / or energy cost is low, it is possible to illuminate the lower segment 82 is fixed. 其它的固定分段可以按照由公用设施22提供的能量要求和/或能量花费数据被照亮。 Other fixed segment may be illuminated in accordance with the energy requirements supplied by the utility 22 and / or energy cost data. 在某些情形下,等级图标74可不被照亮。 In certain instances, rating icon 74 may not be illuminated.

如果当前的能量要求和/或当前的能量花费达到临界水平,则控制器34(图1)可以照亮临界固定分段76。 If the current energy requirement and / or energy cost current reaches a critical level, the controller 34 (FIG. 1) may illuminate critical fixation segment 76. 在某些情形下,当当前的能量要求和/或当前的能量花费达到临界水平(例如,高或临界)时,可以使得节省图标84被照亮或甚至闪烁,表示控制器34已按照由公用设施22(图l)提供的能量要求信息改变温度设置点。 In some cases, when the energy requirements of the current and / or current level reaches a critical energy cost (e.g., high or critical), may cause the save icon 84 is illuminated or flashes even, the controller 34 is represented by the public in accordance with energy facility 22 (FIG. l) to provide information required to change the temperature set point. 在某些情形下,节省图标84可以被照亮,而不管当前的等级水平。 In some cases, savings can be illuminated icon 84, regardless of the current grade level.

在某些事例中,公用设施22可以响应于能量要求和/或能量花费数据,确定温度设置点如何被改变。 In some instances, the utility 22 in response to the energy requirements and / or energy cost data to determine how the temperature set point is changed. 客户例如可以签署合同,允许公用设施22改变温度设置点和/或确定温度差,如有必要和/或适当的话。 For example, the customer has signed a contract to allow the utility 22 to change the temperature set points and / or determine a temperature difference, if necessary and / or appropriate. 如果公用设施22确定已达到特定的等级水平,则公用设施22可以发送信号到恒温器42,或者通过提供临时温度设置点,或者通过提供可被加到由否则恒温器在其下运行的当前的进度表所规定的温度设置点的温度差而临时改变温度设置点。 If utility 22 determines a specific scale level has been reached, the utility 22 may send a signal to the thermostat 42, or by providing temporary set point temperature, or by providing or may be added by a thermostat under the current running the temperature difference between the predetermined set point temperature schedule temporarily change the temperature setpoint. 合同可以允许公用设施22发送信号到恒温器42, 指令恒温器42关断HVAC设备14(图l)一段时间长度,该时间长度可以是预定的和/或可以根据例如当前的能量要求和/或当前的能量速率进行计算。 Contract may allow the 22 transmit signals utility to the thermostat 42, the instruction thermostat 42 turns off HVAC device 14 (FIG. L) a length of time, the length of time may be predetermined and / or may, for example, the current energy requirements and / or the current energy rate is calculated.

在某些事例中,例如,公用设施22可以提供信号到恒温器42,指令恒温器42改变到临时温度设置点。 In some instances, for example, the utility 22 may provide a signal to the thermostat 42, the thermostat 42 is changed to the instruction provisional temperature set point. 临时设置点可以根据当前的能量等级而变化。 Temporary set point may vary according to the current energy level. 例如,公用设施22可以至少部分根据由所有者签署的合同建议或要求用于低能量花费的70"F的、用于中等能量花费的65。F的、用于高能量花费的60卞的、和用于临界能量花费的50nF的供热温度设置点。公用设施22可以至少部分根据合同建议或要求用于低能量花费的72GF的、 用于中等能量花费的77GF的、用于高能量花费的82°F的、和用于临界能量花费的86DF的制冷温度设置点。这些温度仅仅是说明性的,不打算以任何方式限制或规定。在某些情形下,公用设施22可以给恒温器42提供对应于每个等级水平的供热和制冷温度设置点。 For example, the utility 22 can at least partially for 70 "F low energy cost according to the contract signed by the owner or recommended requirements for medium energy spent 65.F for 60 Bian high cost of energy, and a heating temperature set points for the critical energy spent 50nF. utilities 22 may be partially or recommended for low-energy spent in claim 72GF for medium energy spent 77GF for high energy cost based at least on the contract 82 ° F, the temperature set point and cooling 86DF critical energy spent for these temperatures are merely illustrative and are not intended in any way to limit or predetermined. in some cases, the utility 22 may be a thermostat 42 provided corresponding to each grade level of heating and cooling temperature set point.

控制器34(图l)可以当温度不同于与可接受的能量花费水平相关联的温度设置点时发出控制信号到HVAC设备14,用于操作制冷设备16 和/或供热设备18。 The controller 34 (FIG. L) can be different than when the temperature control signal is sent when the acceptable temperature set point level of the energy cost associated with the HVAC device 14, device 16 for operating the refrigeration and / or heating device 18. 在以上的例子中,当当前的能量价格是高时,控制信号可以发出控制信息,用于当温度跌落到60"F或更低时操作供热设备。 对于制冷设备16当温度上升到82ftF或更高时,控制信号发出用于操作制冷i殳备16的控制信息。另外,接收机和/或收发机30可以从z〉用i殳施接收对于在一个时间段期间能量(和/或水)的使用的能量(和/或水)账单的信息。在某些情形下,用户可以许可支付能量(和/或水)账单,并经由恒温器12把i人可发送到y厶用设施22。 In the above example, when the current price of energy is high, the control signal may issue control information, when the temperature drops to 60 for the "operation when the heating device F or less. 82ftF rises to 16 to the cooling device when the temperature or higher, the control signal for operating the control information sent Shu i cooling apparatus 16. in addition, the receiver and / or transceiver 30 may> i Shu administered with the energy received during a time period (and / or water from the z ) energy usage (information and / or water) bills. in some cases, users may be permitted to pay energy (and / or water) bills, and Si may be sent to a facility 22 y 12 i via the thermostat al .

在某些情形下,公用设施22可以发送信号,指令恒温器42把它的温度设置点临时改变一个取决于等级水平的特定的温度差。 In certain instances, the utility 22 may send a signal, instruction 42 it temporarily thermostat temperature set point change depending on the particular temperature level a level difference. 例如,公用 For example, public

设施22可以提供信号,包括对于低能量花费的0,的温度差或偏移、对于中等能量花费的2°F的温度差或偏移、对于高能量花费的6GF的温度差或偏移和对于高能量花费的10"F的温度差或偏移。 Facility 22 may provide a signal, comprising a 0 for low cost of energy, temperature difference or offset, with respect to a temperature of 2 ° F spent medium energy difference or offset, high temperature energy spent for the difference or offset and 6GF for 10 "F temperature difference or offset the high cost of energy.

如果例如对于供热的当前的温度设置点被设置为68"F并且能量要求达到临界水平,则恒温器42可以以58乍(68^-10卞)的温度设置点临时运行。如果例如对于制冷的当前的温度设置点被设置为76"F并且能量要求达到高水平,则恒温器42可以以86,(76^+10卞)的温度设置点临时运行。 For example, if the current heating setpoint temperature is set to 68 "F and the energy required to achieve a critical level, the thermostat 42 can run in a temporary set point 58 at first (Bian 68 ^ -10) temperature. For example, if the refrigerating the current temperature set point is set to 76 "F and the energy required to achieve a high level, the thermostat 42 may be a temporary operating temperature set point 86, (76 + 10 Bian ^) is.

取决于在所有者与公用设施22之间的合同的说明,在某些情形下, 房主能够超过由公用设施提供的临时温度设置点。 Temporary temperature set point depends on the description of the contract between the owner and the 22 utilities, in some cases, homeowners can exceed supplied by utilities. 在某些情形下,房主可能不被允许作出任何改变,并且事实上,在公用设施22正在提供临时温度设置点和/或温度差给恒温器42的时,恒温器42可能被指令不接受温度点改变。 In some cases, homeowners may not be allowed to make any changes, and in fact, the utility 22 is to provide temporary set point temperature and / or temperature difference to the thermostat 42, the thermostat 42 may be instructed not to accept point temperature change.

在某些情形下,预期房主、设施管理员和/或安装员可以用关于温度设置点如何根据由公用设施22提供的各种能量要求和/或能量花费水平而被改变的信息来编程恒温器42。 In some cases, homeowners expected, facility managers and / or installer thermostat can be programmed with information about how the temperature set point is changed according to various energy requirements supplied by the utility 22 and / or energy level of spending 42. 在某些情形下,被编程到恒温器42的拨回(setback)信息可以是至少部分基于恒温器42当前运行在哪个时间段(唤醒、离开、返回、睡眠)。 In some cases, the thermostat is programmed to dial back to the 42's (setback) information may be at least partly based on a thermostat 42 is currently running what period of time (wake, leave, return, sleep).

图3显示按照它的编程运行的说明性的恒温器42。 Figure 3 shows the operation in accordance with its programming illustrative thermostat 42. 在显示器46的笫二区域50上,控制器34(图1)显示当前的内部温度值86和当前的温度设置点88。 On the undertaking of the second region 50 of the display 46, controller 34 (FIG. 1) shows the current value 86 and the internal temperature of the current temperature set point 88. 如果消息图标在闪烁或否则被照亮,则按压消息图标58可以使得一个或多个消息被显示,正如后面将说明的。 If the message icon is illuminated by flashing or otherwise, the message icon 58 may be pressed such that the one or more messages to be displayed, as will be described later.

当等级图标74表示当前的能量要求和/或当前的能量花费处在中等水平时,说明性的恒温器42可以继续按照它的进度表运行,正如由"遵循进度表"固定分段图标90表示的。 When the icon 74 indicates the current level of the current or the energy requirements and the energy / time spent at the middle level, illustrative of the thermostat 42 may continue operating in accordance with its schedule, as indicated by "follow the schedule" icon 90 is fixed segment of. 可以看到,因为温度设置点88高于当前的温度值86,所以当前加热器是工作的。 It can be seen that, since the temperature set point 88 is higher than the current temperature value 86, so the current of the heater is working.

在图4上,等级图标74指示,当前的能量要求和/或当前的能量花费已达到临界水平76。 In Figure 4, the icon 74 indicating the level of current energy requirements and / or current cost of energy has reached a critical level 76. 虽然当前的内部温度值86保持恒定在66°F,可以看到,温度设置点88已从如图3所示的72〜值下降到58UF的节省温度值, 加热因此被关断。 Although the current value of the internal temperature was kept constant at 86 66 ° F, it can be seen from the temperature set point 88 as shown in FIG. 3 72~ value decreased to save 58UF temperature value, the heating is turned off so. 在某些情形下,控制器34监视与公用设施22的通信。 In certain instances, the communication controller 34 monitors the utility 22. 在某些情形下,如果通信中断或否则由于某种原因没有正常工作,恒温器42可以返回到它的正常进度表,直至通信被重新建立的时间为止。 In some cases, if the communication is interrupted or otherwise for some reason did not work properly, the thermostat 42 can return to its normal schedule, until the time of the communication is re-established. 回到图3,为了说明性目的,假设消息图标58在闪烁或否则被照亮。 Returning to Figure 3, for illustrative purposes, assume the message icon 58 is illuminated in a flashing or otherwise. 在说明性实施例中,按压消息图标58将使得控制器34(图l)显示所存储的或接收的消息,如图5中所示。 In the illustrative embodiment, the message icon 58 is pressed so that the controller 34 (FIG. L) displaying the stored or received message, as shown in Fig. 显示器46的第一区域48能够被看见显示消息"早安"。 The first region 46 of the display 48 can be seen the message "Good morning." 因为有一个以上的消息要显示(在本例中,是两个),消息包括在消息的前面的"l/2",向右箭头图标56被照亮。 Because there is more than one message to be displayed (in this case, two), the foregoing message comprising a message "l / 2", the right arrow icon 56 is illuminated. 按压向右箭头图标56可以使得控制器34显示第二消息,如图6和7所示。 Pressing the right arrow icon 56 may cause the controller 34 displays the second message shown in FIG. 6 and 7. 可以看到, 一旦看见消息,消息图标58就从照亮查看固定分段图标改变到照亮删除固定分段图标。 You can see, once they see the message, the message icon to view 58 fixed segment icon to change from lit to illuminate the fixed segment delete icon.

在这个特定的例子中,第二消息是"2 Honeywell UtilityPRO帮助你节省能量",这个消息太大而无法在形成第一区域48的25个字符块内显示。 In this particular example, the second message is a "2 Honeywell UtilityPRO help you save energy," the message is too large to form a display in the character block 25 of the first region 48. 因此,控制器34(图l)可以滚动该消息。 Accordingly, the controller 34 (FIG. L) the message can be scrolled. 这可以通过比较图6和7而看到。 This can be seen by comparing FIGS. 6 and 7. 在图6上,第一区域48包括"2 Honeywell UtilityPRO He",它是消息的头25个字符,而在图7上,第一区域48包括"O帮助你节省能量(O Helps You to Save Energy)",它代表消息的最后25个字符。 In Figure 6, a first region 48 comprises a "2 Honeywell UtilityPRO He", which is the first 25 characters of the message, and in FIG. 7, a first region 48 includes "O help you save energy (O Helps You to Save Energy ) ", which represents the message of the last 25 characters. 这些是显示在第一区域内文本如何适配的屏幕俘获。 These are displayed in the first area of ​​the screen adaptation of how the text capture. 虽然消息在两个图上被断开, 但将会理解,消息实际上在显示器46的第一区域48上平滑地滚动。 While the message is turned off in both FIGS., It will be appreciated that, in fact, the message 48 smooth rolling in the first area of ​​the display 46. 在某些情形下,预期文本可以垂直滚动,而不是水平滚动。 In some cases, you can expect the text scroll vertically, rather than horizontally scrolling.

因为第二或后面的消息正在被显示,可以看到,向左箭头图标54被 Since the second or later message is being displayed, it can be seen by the left arrow icon 54

照亮,这样用户可以移回到以前的消息。 Illuminated, so that the user can move back to the previous message. 在某些情形下,如果只有一个消息是可提供的或否则适合于显示,则既不照亮向左箭头图标54,也不照亮向右箭头图标56。 In certain instances, if only one message is available or otherwise suitable for the display, neither the left arrow icon 54 illuminated, the right arrow icon 56 is not illuminated.

可以显示各种各样的消息。 You can display a variety of messages. 例如,如图8所示,显示器46的第一区域48可以响应于来自公用设施22(图l)的信号,显示读出"请节省"的消息。 For example, as shown in FIG. 8, a first region 48 of the display 46 in response to signals from the utility 22 (FIG. L), the display read "Please save" message. 这个消息在例如公用设施要求是高的或预期是高的时可被显示。 This message, for example, utility or expected demand is high is high may be displayed. 类似的消息可以建议个人制止运行能量消耗量大的电器,诸如洗衣机,直至能量要求下降为止。 A similar message can stop individual run large energy consumption of electrical appliances, such as washing machines, until the energy requirements decline so far. 在图9上看到另一个说明性消息,在图上,显示器46的第一区域48显示读出"风暴警告"的消息,或许响应于公用设施22转发来自本地气象当局的信号,或者或许本地气象当局被配备成直接广播警告信号到接收机和/或收发机30(图1)。 See Fig. 9 another illustrative message, in the figure, the first display region 48 of display 46 reads out the "storm warning" message, perhaps in response to utility 22 forwards the signal from the local weather authorities, local or perhaps meteorological authority is equipped to directly broadcast a warning signal to the receiver and / or transceiver 30 (FIG. 1). 预期至少某些消息目标针对某些客户。 Expected at least some messages target for some customers. 例如,龙巻风警告消息可以仅仅发送到处在当前在龙巻风警告下的地理区域内的那些恒温器。 For example, Long Volume wind warning messages can be sent only to those around thermostat within the current geographical area under wind warnings of Long Volume. 在另一个例子中,臭氧或UV警告消息可以仅仅发送到当前经受高的臭氧或UV的地理区域内的那些恒温 In another example, UV ozone or warning message may be sent to only those subjected to a high temperature within a current or UV ozone geographic area

16器。 16 device. 同样地,如果对于仅仅某些公用设施的客户或公用设施的电力网 Likewise, if only for a certain customer or the utility power grid utilities

(grid )的一部分的能量的要求是特别高或预期是高的,则消息仅仅引导到对应于那些客户的那些恒温器(例如,到特定的客户组的唯一的消息)。 (Grid) part of the energy requirement is expected to be particularly high, or high, then the corresponding message directed to only those customers who thermostat (e.g., unique message to a specific group of customers). 还预期激励的消息可被发送到某些恒温器。 It is also contemplated excitation message may be sent to some of the thermostat. 例如,可以提供通知用户某些激励或其它事件或服务,诸如本地商店的大减价的消息。 For example, a user may provide a notification or some other incentive events or services, such as the sale of the message local store. 也可以提供关于节省能量和/或设备的维护的小贴士。 It can also provide tips on energy savings in maintenance and / or device. 在某些情形下,水公用设施可以具有对于水使用的某些限制,诸如限制草地灌免为每隔一天。 In some cases, water utilities may have certain restrictions for water use, such as lawn irrigation restrictions to free every day. in

某些情形下,水公用设施可以发送一个消息到恒温器,以通知用户水限制。 In certain instances, the water utility can send a message to the thermostat, water restrictions to inform the user. 在某些情形下,水公用设施可以发送表示在特定的日子(例如,今天) 或者某些其它时间段期间对于客户禁止草地灌浇的消息。 In some cases, water utilities can send expressed on certain days (for example, today) or during some other period of time for customers to ban lawn poured message.

在某些情形下,恒温器42可以适于给用户提供关于当前的和/或历史的能量消耗数据和对应的能量花费的信息。 In some cases, the thermostat 42 may be adapted to provide information regarding the energy cost of energy of the current and / or historical consumption data and corresponding to the user. 例如,图10-15显示这种特征。 For example, FIG 10-15 show such feature. 概略地回到图3,其中恒温器42按照它的进度表运行,可以看到,显示器46的下面区域50包括使用图标92。 Returning to Figure 3 schematically, wherein the thermostat 42 operating in accordance with its schedule, it can be seen below the display area 46, 50 comprises an icon 92 used. 在说明性实施例中,按压使用图标92把用户带到图IO所示的屏幕。 In the illustrative embodiment, the pressing icon 92 using the user to the screen shown in FIG. IO.

在图10上,控制器(图l)正在显示关于电消耗的信息。 In Figure 10, the controller (FIG. L) is displayed information about the consumption of electricity. 具体地,控制器34正在指令显示器46的第一区域48显示"以KWH表示的电量", 以使得用户可以把在显示器46的第二区域50内使用固定分段组62和罔定分段组68显示的数字数据放入内容中。 Specifically, a first display region 48, the controller 34 commands the display 46 is the "amount of electricity KWH expressed", so that the user can use a fixed segment group 62 and group indiscriminately given segment within the second region 50 of display 46 68 shows the digital data into content. 所述组62正在显示对于直至本月使用的电量的数值,而所述组68被使用来显示对于去年的相应的时间段的数值。 The set 62 is displayed until the value for the power usage of this month, and the group 68 is used to display values ​​for the corresponding period of the year. 固定分段图标94告知用户当前的时间段,而固定分段图标96告知用户对应的历史时间段。 Fixed icons segment 94 to inform the user of the current time period, and the fixed segment 96 to inform the icon corresponding to the user historical time period. 如上面讨论的那样,也可以选择或否则选择或显示其它时间段,如想要的话。 As discussed above, or you can choose to display or otherwise select other time periods, such as want it.

按压向右箭头图标56把用户带到图11,其中控制器(图l)正在显示关于电花费的信息,而代之以按压退出按钮60使得用户回到图3。 Pressing the right arrow icon 56 takes the user to FIG 11, wherein the controller (FIG. L) is displayed information about the cost of electricity, but instead pressed the button 60 enables the user to exit back to FIG. 在图11上,显示器46的第一区域48现在读出"电量账单"。 In Figure 11, the first region 48 of the display 46 is now read "charge bill." 固定分段图标98, 代表美元符号,为显示的信息提供附加内容。 Fixed segment icon 98, representative of a dollar sign, to provide additional information for the content displayed. 在某些情形下,固定分段图标98可以省略,如果想要的话。 In certain instances, the fixed segment icon 98 may be omitted, if desired.

所述组62被控制器34使用来显示到本月的日期为止的电量帐单, 而所述组68被控制器34使用来提供对应的历史数据。 The set 62 is used to display controller 34 to charge up the invoice date in the month, and the group 68 is provided to the controller 34 uses the historical data corresponds to. 按压向左箭头图标54使用户回到图IO所显示的屏幕,而按压向右箭头图标56把用户带到图12所显示的屏幕。 Pressing the left arrow icon 54 allows the user back to the screen shown in FIG IO, while pressing the right arrow icon 56 takes the user to the screen shown in FIG. 12. 按压退出按钮60使用户回到图3。 Pressing the exit button 60 enables the user back to Figure 3. 在图12上,控制器(图l)正在显示关于水消耗的信息。 In Figure 12, the controller (FIG. L) information being displayed on water consumption. 具体地,控制器正在指令显示器46的第一区域48显示"以KGAL表示的水使用量", 以使得用户可以把在显示器46的第二区域50内使用固定分段组62和固定分段组68显示的数字数据放入内容中。 Specifically, the controller 46 is an instruction of a first area of ​​the display 48 displays "the amount of water expressed in KGAL", so that the user can use a fixed segment group 62 and the fixed segment group in the second region 50 of display 46 68 shows the digital data into content. 所述组62正在显示对于直至本月使用的水量的数值,而所述组68被使用来显示对于去年的相应的时间段的数值。 The set 62 is being displayed value until the amount of water used for the month, and the group 68 is used to display values ​​for the corresponding period of the year. 固定分段图标94告知用户当前的时间段,而固定分段图标96告知用户对应的历史时间段。 Fixed icons segment 94 to inform the user of the current time period, and the fixed segment 96 to inform the icon corresponding to the user historical time period. 如上面讨论的那样,也可以选择或否则选择或显示其它时间段。 As discussed above, you can also choose to select or otherwise display or other time periods.

按压向右箭头图标56把用户带到图13,其中控制器(图l)正在显示关于水花费的信息,而代之以按压退出按钮60使得用户回到图3。 Pressing the right arrow icon 56 takes the user to FIG 13, wherein the controller (FIG. L) is to display information about the cost of water, but instead pressed the button 60 enables the user to exit back to FIG. 在图13上,显示器46的第一区域48现在读出"水费账单"。 In Figure 13, a first region 48 of the display 46 is now read "water bill." 固定分段图标98, 代表美元符号,为显示的信息提供附加内容。 Fixed segment icon 98, representative of a dollar sign, to provide additional information for the content displayed. 在某些情形下,固定分段图标98可以省略,如果想要的话。 In certain instances, the fixed segment icon 98 may be omitted, if desired.

所迷组62被控制器34使用来显示到本月的日期为止的水费帐单, 而所述组68被控制器34使用来提供对应的历史数据。 The set of fans 62 is used to display the controller 34 until the water bill to date in the month, and the group 68 is provided to the controller 34 uses the historical data corresponds to. 按压向左箭头图标54使用户回到图12所显示的屏幕,而按压向右箭头图标56把用户带到图14所显示的屏幕。 Pressing the left arrow icon 54 allows the user back to the screen shown in FIG. 12, while pressing the right arrow icon 56 takes the user to the screen shown in FIG. 14. 按压退出按钮60使用户回到图3。 Pressing the exit button 60 enables the user back to Figure 3.

在图14上,控制器(图l)正在显示关于煤气消耗的信息。 In Figure 14, the controller (FIG. L) is being displayed on the gas consumption information. 具体地, 控制器正在指令显示器46的第一区域48显示"以CCF表示的煤气用量", 以使得用户可以把在显示器62的第二区域50内使用固定分段组62和固定分段组68显示的数字数据放入内容中。 Specifically, the controller 46 is an instruction of a first area of ​​the display 48 shows "gas in an amount expressed CCF", so that the user can use a fixed segment group 62 and the fixed segment group 68 in the second region 50 of display 62 digital data display placed content. 所述组62正在显示对于直至本月使用的煤气量的数值,而所述组68被使用来显示对于去年的相应的时间段的数值。 The set 62 is being displayed value until the amount of gas used for the month, and the group 68 is used to display values ​​for the corresponding period of the year. 固定分段图标94告知用户当前的时间段,而固定分段图标96告知用户对应的历史时间段。 Fixed icons segment 94 to inform the user of the current time period, and the fixed segment 96 to inform the icon corresponding to the user historical time period. 如上面讨论的那样,也可以选择或否则选择或显示其它时间段。 As discussed above, you can also choose to select or otherwise display or other time periods.

按压向右箭头图标56把用户带到图15,其中控制器(图l)正在显示关于煤气花费的信息,而代之以按压退出按钮60使得用户回到图3。 Pressing the right arrow icon 56 to the user 15, wherein the controller (FIG. L) is to display information about the cost of gas, but instead pressed the button 60 enables the user to exit back to FIG. 在图15上,显示器46的第一区域48现在读出"煤气账单"。 In Figure 15, a first region 48 of the display 46 is now read "gas bill." 固定分段图标98,代表美元符号,为显示的信息提供附加内容。 Fixed segment icon 98, representative of a dollar sign, to provide additional information for the content displayed. 在某些情形下,固定分段图标98可以省略,如果想要的话。 In certain instances, the fixed segment icon 98 may be omitted, if desired.

所述组62被控制器34使用来显示到本月的日期为止的水费帐单, 而所述组68被控制器34使用来提供对应的历史数据。 The set 62 is used to display the controller 34 until the water bill to date in the month, and the group 68 is provided to the controller 34 uses the historical data corresponds to. 按压向左箭头图标54使用户回到图14所显示的屏幕,而按压向右箭头图标56把用户带到图10所显示的屏幕,除非恒温器42被配备来显示附加的消耗或花费数据。 Pressing the left arrow icon 54 allows the user back to the screen shown in FIG. 14, while pressing the right arrow icon 56 the user to the screen shown in FIG. 10, unless the thermostat 42 is provided to display additional cost or consumption data. 按压退出按钮60使用户回到图3。 Pressing the exit button 60 enables the user back to Figure 3.

图16和17是显示可以通过使用恒温器42(图2)实行的方法的流程图。 16 and FIG. 17 is a flowchart used by a thermostat 42 (FIG. 2) to implement a display method. 在图16上,控制从方块100开始,在其中恒温器42接收来自公用设施22的消息(图1)。 In Figure 16, the control starts at a block 100, in which the thermostat receiving a message from the utility 22 (FIG. 1) 42. 从公用设施22接收的消息可能涉及到能量要求、 当前的和/或过去的能量花费、能量保护、天气警报、激励和/或广告等等。 Utility 22 from the message received may be related to the energy requirements of the current and / or energy to spend the past, energy protection, weather alerts, motivate and / or advertisements. 在方块102,控制器34(图l)在显示器46上显示在第一时间段期间公用设施使用的度量的指示。 At block 102, controller 34 (FIG. L) display instruction during a first time period using the utility metric on a display 46. 在方块104,控制器34在显示器46上显示在第二时间段期间公用设施使用的度量的指示。 At block 104, the controller 34 displays an indication during a second time period using the utility metric on a display 46. 在某些情形下,第一时间段可以在第二时间段的前面,但这并不是必须的。 In some cases, the first time period may be in front of the second period, but this is not necessary.

在图17上,控制从方块100开始,在其中恒温器42(图2)接收来自公用设施22的消息(图1)。 In Figure 17, the control starts at a block 100, in which the thermostat 42 (FIG. 2) receives a message from the utility 22 (FIG. 1). 在方块106,控制器34(图1)在显示器46上显示在一个时间段期间公用设施使用的度量的指示。 At block 106, controller 34 (FIG. 1) display instruction during a period of use utility metric on a display 46. 控制进到方块108,在其中控制器34在显示器46上显示与从公用设施22接收的消息有关的一个或多个显示消息。 Control passes to block 108, where the controller 34 on the display 46 displays the message received from the one or more utility 22 related messages. 这些消息可以涉及到能量要求、当前的能量花费、 能量保护、天气警报、广告等等。 These messages can relate to the energy requirements of current energy costs, energy protection, weather alerts, advertising and so on.

在某些情形下,在所述时间段期间的公用设施使用的度量的指示可以与在显示器46上显示所述一个或多个消息的同时或几乎同时在显示器46上^皮显示。 In certain instances, indicated utility metric during the time period of use may be displayed on the display 46 of the one or more messages simultaneously or nearly simultaneously transdermal ^ displayed on the display 46. 在某些情形下,它们可以不同时显示。 In some cases, they may not be displayed simultaneously.

本发明不应当被认为限于上述的特定的例子,而是应当被理解为覆盖如在所附权利要求中清楚地阐述的本发明的所有的方面。 The present invention should not be considered limited to the particular examples described above, but rather should be understood that all aspects of the present invention to cover in the appended claims, as clearly set forth. 本发明针对 The present invention is directed to

的领域的技术人员在阅读本技术说明书后,将容易看到可以应用本发明的各种修改方案、等价处理、以及许多结构。 Of skill in the art upon reading the present specification art will readily see that various modifications may be applied to the present invention, an equivalent process, as well as numerous structures.

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1.一种结合HVAC系统(14)使用的恒温器(42),包括: 恒温器外壳(44); 位于恒温器外壳(44)内的控制器(34),控制器(34)实施控制算法,适于至少部分控制HVAC系统的一个或多个部件; 从恒温器外壳的外面可看见的LCD显示器(46),LCD显示器包括: 第一区域(48),具有固定的分段像素(52)的阵列,被排列成多个行和多个列,用于以点矩阵格式显示文本;以及第二区域(50),具有多个固定的分段图形图标。 A binding HVAC system (14) thermostat (42) for use, comprising: a thermostat housing (44); a controller (34) is located in the thermostat housing (44) within the controller (34) implement the control algorithm , one or more components adapted to at least partially control the HVAC system; thermostat housing from outside the visible LCD display (46 is), the LCD display comprising: a first region (48), has a fixed segment pixels (52) array, are arranged in a plurality of rows and columns, for displaying the text in a dot matrix format; and a second region (50), having a plurality of fixed segments graphical icon.
2. 权利要求1的恒温器(42),其中控制器(34)被耦合到LCD显示器(46),并且适于使用固定的分段像素(52)的阵列在第一区域(48)中显示消息。 A thermostat (42) as claimed in claim 2, wherein the controller (34) is coupled to LCD display (46), and adapted to use a fixed array of pixel segments (52) display (48) in a first region messages.
3. 权利要求1的恒温器(42),其中多个固定的分段图形图标中的至少一个是字。 A thermostat (42) as claimed in claim 3, wherein the plurality of fixed pattern segments of the at least one icon word.
4. 权利要求1的恒温器(42),其中LCD显示器(46)是触摸屏,以及多个固定的分段图形图标中的至少一个与第一触摸敏感按钮一致。 A thermostat (42) of claim 1, wherein the LCD display (46) is consistent with at least a first touch-sensitive touch screen button, and a plurality of fixed segments in the graphical icon.
5. 权利要求1的恒温器(42),其中控制器(34)被耦合到LCD显示器(46)并且被配置成对于第一触摸敏感按钮的触摸起反应,并且还被配置于使用固定的分段像素(52)的阵列在第一区域(48)中显示消息。 A thermostat (42) as claimed in claim 5, wherein the controller (34) is coupled to LCD display (46) and configured to touch the touch-sensitive buttons from the first reaction, and further configured to use a fixed fraction message pixel array segment (52) is displayed in a first region (48).
6. 权利要求5的恒温器(42),其中当第一触摸敏感按钮被触摸时, 控制器(34)被配置成使用固定的分段像素(52)的阵列在第一区域(48)中显示消息。 Thermostat (42) of claim 5, wherein when the first touch-sensitive button is touched, the controller (34) is configured to use a fixed array of segmented pixels (52) in a first zone (48) display messages.
7. 权利要求4的恒温器(42),其中控制器(34)被耦合到LCD显示器(46)并且被配置成对于第一触摸敏感按钮的触摸起反应,并且还被配置成使用固定的分段像素(52)的阵列在第一区域(48)中显示多个不同的消息。 Thermostat (42) of claim 4, wherein the controller (34) is coupled to LCD display (46) and configured to touch the touch-sensitive buttons from the first reaction, and further configured to use a fixed fraction a plurality of pixels of different message array segment (52) is displayed in a first region (48).
8. 权利要求7的恒温器(42),其中多个固定的分段图形图标中的至少一个与第二触摸敏感按钮一致,以及当第二触摸敏感按钮被触摸时,控制器(34)被配置成在第一区域(48)中把显示从第一消息改变到第二消息。 7, the thermostat (42) of claim 1, wherein the at least a plurality of fixed segments consistent graphical icon in the second touch-sensitive buttons, and when the second touch-sensitive button is touched, the controller (34) is arranged in a first region (48) in the message display is changed from the first to the second message.
9. 一种用于控制建筑物或其它结构的HVAC系统(14)的恒温器(42), 恒温器(42)包括:恒温器外壳(44);位于恒温器外壳(44)内的控制器(34),控制器(34)实施控制算法,适于至少部分控制HVAC系统(14)的一个或多个部件; 从恒温器外壳(44)的外面可看见的显示器(46);接收机(30),被耦合到控制器(34),用于直接或间接从公用设施(26) 接收消息;以及控制器(34),适于在显示器(46)上显示与从公用设施(30)接收的消息有关的一个或多个显示消息。 9. A method for controlling the HVAC system or a building (14) Other configuration of a thermostat (42), the thermostat (42) comprising: a thermostat housing (44); a controller located in the thermostat housing (44) in the (34), the controller (34) implement the control algorithm, adapted to at least partially control the HVAC system (14) of one or more components; the thermostat housing from the outside (44) of the visible display (46); a receiver ( 30), is coupled to the controller (34) for receiving a message from the utility directly or indirectly (26); and a controller (34) adapted on the display (46) displays the received from the utility (30) messages relating to one or more of the message display.
10. 权利要求9的恒温器(42),其中一个或多个显示消息包括关于如何节省能量的建议、天气有关的消息和涉及到公用设施使用的消息的一项或多项。 10. A thermostat 9 (42) as claimed in claim, wherein the one or more display messages including recommendations on how to save energy, and weather-related message to a message directed to one or more of the utility usage.
11. 权利要求9的恒温器(42),其中控制器(34)适于在显示器(46)上显示在第一时间段期间公用设施使用的度量的指示和在第二时间段期间公用设施使用的度量的指示,其中第一时间段是在第二时间段之前。 9 thermostat (42) as claimed in claim 11, wherein the controller (34) is adapted to display an indication to use during a first period and a utility metric utilities used during the second time period on the display (46) metric indication, wherein the first time period is before the second time period.
12. 权利要求9的恒温器(42),其中来自公用设施(26)的消息提供用于公用设施使用的花费的当前的指示、公用设施使用量或公用设施使用的花费的一项或多项。 9 thermostat (42) or a public utility usage facility cost or more of claim 12, wherein the message from the utility (26) provides an indication of the current cost for utilities used, .
13. —种用于操作至少部分控制建筑物或其它结构的HVAC系统(14) 的恒温器(12)的方法,方法包括:控制HVAC系统(14)达到想要的设置点; 接收(100)来自7>用设施(26)的消息;以及在恒温器的显示器上显示(108)与从公用设施(26)接收的消息有关的一个或多个显示消息。 13. - Method for operating at least partially kinds of the HVAC system (14) of a building or other structure of the control thermostat (12), the method comprising: controlling the HVAC system (14) reaches a desired set point; receiving (100) from 7> with a facility (26) message; and displayed on the thermostat display (108) associated with the message received from the utility (26) displays one or more messages.
14. 权利要求13的方法,其中一个或多个显示消息包括在第一时间段期间公用设施使用的度量的指示和在第二时间段期间公用设施使用的度量的指示,其中第二时间段是在第一时间段之后。 14. The method of claim 13, wherein the one or more display message includes an indication indicating utility usage metrics and metric used during a second period utility during a first time period, wherein the second time period is after a first time period.
15. 权利要求13的方法,其中为第一时间段显示的公用设施使用的度量的指示包括在第一时间段期间公用设施使用的花费的指示、在第一时间段期间公用设施使用的量的指示、或在第一时间段期间公用设施使用的量的指示的一项或多项;以及为第二时间段显示的公用设施使用的度量的指示包括在第二时间段期间公用设施使用的花费的指示、在第二时间段期间公用设施使用的量的指示、或在第二时间段期间公用设施使用的量的指示的一项或多项。 The method of 13 during the first time period the amount of use utility claim 15, wherein the metric is indicative of a first time period display utility used include during a first period indicative of utilities spent used, the indicating an amount of one or more instructions or utility use during a first time period; and a metric indicative of the utility of a second display period include the use of utilities spent during the second time period an indication of the amount of use of public facilities directive during the second time period, or one or more of the indicated amount of utilities used during the second time period.
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