Until recently, my home was getting by with an ancient thermostat.
It was already installed when the people I was with and I moved into the house 13 years ago. Although the people I was with and I updated both the central air conditioner and gas furnace, it never occurred to myself and others to upgrade the thermostat. Because the unit served its function, I didn’t give it a thought. Over the years, I’ve made lots of improvements to the home. I’ve focused on improving both comfort as well as energy efficiency. I’ve invested into Energy Star rated, thermal pane, low E windows as well as carefully insulated around them. I’ve updated the front as well as back door as well as added weatherstripping. Along with changing insulation in the attic, walls as well as ceilings, I’ve installed ceiling fans to help out the air conditioner in the Summer as well as the gas furnace in winter. I’m aware about scheduling service as well as replacing air filters in the heating as well as cooling systems. The last time the HVAC company took care of the gas furnace, she mentioned the benefits of smart thermostats. Our current thermostat was a plastic dial that required manual adjustment. When I started looking into the different models of smart thermostats, I was amazed by the number of options. Thermostats now come in weird shapes as well as sizes as well as include touchscreen displays. It’s possible to upload favorite photos to customize the displays. They can be programmed to light up as someone approaches, answer to voice commands as well as provide the indoor/outdoor temperature as well as humidity levels. There are thermostats that can entirely understand a seven-day schedule as well as others that feature geofencing or occupancy sensors. Having access to all of the settings, alerts as well as features through an app on my PC is extremely great.