When I first started shopping for a new thermostat, I had no idea there were so many options on the market.
There are modern thermostats available in a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles.
Although smart thermostats are quite a bit more expensive than a programmable option, I wanted to take advantage of the added conveniences. It’s helpful to be able to make adjustments from virtually anywhere. Whether I’m at work, at one of my kids’ sporting events, out to dinner or tucked into bed, it’s easy to raise or lower temperature. I also have easy access to a wealth of information and features. The device sends me alerts if there is a power outage or a sudden indoor temperature fluctuation. It reminds me to schedule seasonal maintenance for the furnace and air conditioner and to change air filters. If there is a problem with performance, the thermostat contacts the HVAC contractor directly and allows remote diagnosis. I can also track household energy usage and get tips for improvement. I chose a thermostat with learning capacity. For the first week following installation, the device kept track of our every adjustment and then created a customized schedule. It now automatically raises or lowers temperature according to whether the house is occupied, empty or my family is awake or asleep. While the new thermostat was more expensive to purchase than I expected, it saves a considerable amount on monthly energy bills. The new thermostat is working to pay for itself. It also handles the operation of our humidifier and displays the outdoor temperature and indoor humidity levels. It lights up whenever I walk up to it and will respond to voice commands.