History of Smart Thermostats

Everyone likes to save money, that’s a universal truism. And more and more these days we are also becoming aware of ourorcarbon footprint. It is a concern that our lifestyles and habits will affect not only the current generation but generations to come. Consumers, proudly led by the Millennials, are hyper aware of wanting your what they need and nothing more. Energy consumption has taken center stage in both saving money and shrinking our carbon footprint thus ensuring future people of adequate resources.

In the old days, one would simply have a thermostat on their wall, decide what temperature they desired in the summer and winter, and leave it at that setting and forget about it. Those days are quickly going the way of the Studebaker and the Commodore 64. The new smart thermostats are brilliant little magicians attached to your wall. They can do a myriad of thing to make your life easier. They hook up to the internet and can allow you to change the setting and check on them at any point in your day if you log on from a computer or smart phone. If you want to turn the heat up because when you left for work it was sunny and warm but by lunchtime, there was a cold snap and some snow, you can make sure the dog, plants and tropical fish are kept toasty warn, all with the swipe of a finger on your device.

You can program the entire house at one temperature across the board, or choose to have a different zone (rooms) in your home to have customized temperatures. For example, let’s say you have those tropical fish and some plants that need it warm in the sun room. You can make it a nice 75 degrees for them. But wait, you like it cooler in your bedroom while you sleep! You can program the bedroom (or zone) to be 68 degrees. Not only does a smart thermostat keep things comfortable, but it makes sure you spend only the amount you need to since you don’t have to overheat the entire house just to accommodate the fish and plants.

Some of the higher end smart thermostats will also allow you to see, in real time, what amount of energy your individual items are using (like the refrigerator, TV, computers, and stereo,) This way you know where the energy hogs are and can react appropriately, like maybe unplugging thing when not in use. Some will also ‘learn’ your family’s habits and will eventually do the raising and lowering of the temperature based on its observations. Owners of these thermostats also qualify for tax credits so, in addition to lowering your energy bills, Uncle Sam cuts you a break. It seems that smart thermostats are going to become the new normal.