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Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Smart Thermostats
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Do you remember Bill Richards talking about the new technology in thermostats. Well there are now two smart thermostats sold at many retailers including Lowes and Home Depot.   Currently the retail price is the same for both at about $250. You can install them yourself, or call us and we will send a professional installer that has experience with these devices.

thermostatHoneywell offers the touch screen WiFi  Smart Thermostat.   There are apps that permit control of your home comfort from any place with Internet access or in your room on the couch using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.  You can also control your system with its touch screen on the wall.  The Honywell unit allows you to match your décor with different colored screens.  Extreme temperature alerts and filter change reminders are sent to your connected network devices and are displayed on your Honeywell Wi-Fi smart thermostat Extreme temperature alerts and filter change reminders are sent to your connected network devices and are displayed on your Honeywell Wi-Fi smart thermostat Extreme temperature alerts and filter change reminders are displayed on your mobile device or displayed on the thermostat.  Details here.

thermostatThe popular Nest Learning Thermostat is now in its 2nd Generation. Its 20% thinner, can save you even more energy and works with 95% of low voltage systems.  It takes about a week for the thermostat to learn your routines. Nest also uses WiFi to provide for remote control by computer, tablet or smartphone. If you are away it turns the Nest down when you're not home while Auto-Schedule learns what temperatures you like and programs itself; you can also adjust Nest's schedule at any time .It displays your energy history which shows you how much energy you've used and what affects your energy use most. Details here.

How do you choose which one is best for you?   Its whether you prefer a  rectangular unit or a  round unit.  That's the main obvious difference  between the two.signature

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Posted on 06/12/2013 11:52 AM by Tony Anderson
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