While modern life continues to get more and more technical, one thing remains true: you can’t control the weather. That does not mean that you have to sit idly by while the weather controls you. In today’s market, everything is increasingly connected and capable. This includes the age-old thermostat. Interestingly, the thermostat is older than the the HVAC systems that they control. Indeed, thermostat can goes back to the 1600s, with the modern iteration of today’s standard thermostat dating back to the 1800s. The average thermostat utilizes a mercury-based thermometer to measure the temperature, and either turning the heat on or off, or the air conditioning on or off, depending on what temperature the mercury level is recording. The science behind the standard thermostat is fairly solid, and has not had much of a need to change. While some more modern thermostats use purely mechanical means, the fundamentals of these systems has not changed. Until now.
The 21st century has introduced us to the concept of the “smart” thermostat. What is so smart about them? These thermostats come with amazing features, including internet connectivity, mobile phone operation, and the ability to learn the schedules and habits of the occupants of a house or building in order to adjust the temperature as needed. HVAC systems can be extremely expensive, and the average consumer is often too busy with work or family to monitor the thermostat setting at all times. That’s where these devices come in. While there are many different devices now clawing for purchase on the market, three devices have proven time and time again that they are the champions of smart thermostats