Investing into a smart thermostat

I like making home improvements.

I’ve remodeled the kitchen, replaced windows, painted, updated light fixtures and landscaped.

I’ve spent a great deal of time, money and effort to make our home comfortable and beautiful. However, I completely overlooked the thermostat. We were getting by with a plastic dial that required manual adjustment. When I had the furnace serviced, the HVAC contractor suggested that I invest into a new thermostat. I started looking into a new thermostat and was surprised by the many models on the market. Smart thermostats work through wifi, allowing access by way of an app on my phone. I can be tucked into bed, at work, at my son’s baseball game or away on vacation and still make adjustments to temperature. I chose a model that includes all sorts of convenient features, including learning capability. For the first week after the thermostat was installed, it kept track of when we raised or lowered temperature. It created a program to accommodate our habits. The thermostat automatically adjusts to conserve energy when we leave for work and school in the morning to conserve energy. We always come home to ideal comfort and rarely need to make any changes to the temperature setting. I like that the thermostat sends alerts if there is a power outage, unexplained temperature fluctuation or it’s time to schedule maintenance or change the filter. The thermostat also offers energy tracking, energy saving tips and measures indoor humidity. I can customize the touchscreen display and easily navigate through the features and programs. Although the thermostat was plenty expensive, it has definitely paid for itself through lower monthly utility bills.

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