A thousand years ago, when the ancients were using furnaces and wet reeds in an attempt to create interior comfort, they probably never imagined a future in which people would use smartphones to adjust home temperatures from their workplaces miles away. That future is here and it’s changing the way we consume energy. Smart thermostats are accessible via smartphone app, touch screen, and voice controls, making it easy to adjust both comfort levels and energy consumption.
We’ve come a long way from ancient Greet and Egyptian methods of heating and cooling, which were invented over a thousand years ago. However, when changes to HVAC technology really got rolling, things happened fast. In 1953, Honeywell revealed its iconic round dial thermostat, followed by programmable thermostats in the 1980s. The first smart thermostat arrived in 2007, and this modern technology is completely altering the HVAC landscape. In 2009, Apple followed suit with its own smart thermostat, the Nest.
Accessibility is just one reason to upgrade to a smart thermostat. Not only can you program these systems from afar, but many include intuitive programming, which can actually learn your personal schedule and adjust the environment according to how much energy you want to use. It goes without saying that being able to control energy expenditure means getting a grip on your monthly power bill. In addition to helping you save money, smart thermostats also feature sleek, stylish digital interfaces and voice controls, making them much easier to use than programmable thermostats of old.