I’ve been looking into the latest choice in temperature controls.
Initially, I was shocked by the price. I bought my last temperature control for around $10 from a local hardware store. The installation took me about 10 hours. Today’s models cost various hundred dollars and are a lot more sophisticated. I doubt I’d be able to handle the installation on my own. They are available in all odd shapes and include touchscreen displays. Some of them light up as you approach and supply the outside temperature and humidity level. Some of them respond to voice commands and allow the display to be customized to match the decor. There are models that learn a seven-day schedule for the household and make automatic adjustments. There is a feature called geofencing where the temperature control uses GPS to track family members’ cell cellphones. Whenever a family member enters or exits a set radius around the house, the temperature control recognizes their whereabouts and adjusts the temperature of the house accordingly. The temperature control even knows how long it takes to warm up or cool down the home to reach the desired setting. Features such as energy tracking, energy saving tips, filter change reminders and problemshooting alerts are all designed to save money. I am a little distraught that I won’t be able to figure out how to use the temperature control. I struggle to manage the cable remote. My smartphone gives me plenty of trouble. I have this fear that the temperature control will decide to air condition my home in the middle of February, and I won’t be able to change it.