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All About Smart Thermostats | Ask This Old House

In this video, Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey explains everything there is to know about modern smart thermostats.

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Ross Tretheway and Kevin O’Connor talk about Smart Thermostats. Ross explains how far thermostats have come to Kevin, and even some of the most up-to-date, cutting-edge features that today’s thermostats have to offer. As Kevin asks the hottest questions on the topic, Ross explains the features, cost, savings, and convenience that a smart thermostat can offer to almost any home.
Thermostats Continue To Evolve

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Thermostats have come a long way in recent years. Long gone is the gold knob-style thermostat, which required running wires from the furnace, heater, or air conditioner through the home to the thermostat. To adjust the temperature, the user would have to physically touch the thermostat.

Even the first smart thermostats are now 10 years old. Now, smart thermostats can communicate with sensors throughout the house, automatically balance air temperatures, and more.

The latest and greatest thermostat tech allows for several convenient (and money-saving) features. For instance, many use geofencing technology. This technology detects when your smartphone leaves a preset radius (5 miles, for instance), and reduces energy consumption by adjusting the temperature. When you return to the area with your phone, the thermostat adjusts to a more comfortable setting automatically.

Smart Thermostats Can Pay for Themselves
Most of the newer smart thermostats cost between $75 and $300, but they can actually pay for themselves. With half of a home’s energy bill going to heating and cooling, the 5% to 10% improved efficiency can result in real savings very quickly.

Where to find it?
Ross explained the benefits of installing smart thermostats that provide both convenience and energy-efficiency. You can control the temperature of your house from anywhere, and by sensing and regulating air temperature, motion and humidity, they can also save you money.

Ross displayed and discussed four different smart thermostat models:
563 -Tekmar WiFi Thermostat [] manufactured by Watts []
Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control EB-STATE5-01 [] manufactured by Ecobee []
Google Nest Thermostat G4CVZ [] on sale at the Google Store []
Honeywell Home Wifi Color Touchscreen Thermostat RTH9585WF1004/U [] on offer from Honeywell Home []
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