I was on the fence for about a year on getting one of these and then funally pulled the trigger last black friday when they were $149 at Lowes. Even if it's doing the same thing as my previous thermostat, I love the "geek" factor that goes with these.
For instance - last night I was sitting at work in the middle of the night and I know my little ones have been coming down with a cold or something. I remembered that I had turned off the AC/HEAT since the weather has been nice, but at night it gets a little chilly. So I logged on my phone and turned the heat on because I didn't like the temp the house was at. All done while my family was sleeping and remotely.
It was $198 last Black Friday at Lowes. Also, the heat/AC only operates when it reaches a set point, why turn it off.
I work with a bunch of people who think turning the thermostat higher than normal warms up the room faster. It is a mechanical switch - there are two settings - on or off. When you turn the them up higher all it does is make the system run longer until the room gets to the temputure setting, which is too high. Then the 12 people in the smal room with computers act as a furnace too.
I honestly don't understand the fascination with these things. "It learns your schedule"? Don't you already know your own schedule? I program my schedule into a $40 programmable thermostat and it works perfectly. What does this thing actually improve on?
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