Right now, a large swath of the country is engulfed in a heat wave. You can bet that no one is overly concerned about conserving energy: they just want to stay cool. This same heat wave is causing millions of people to run their air conditioners 24-7, resulting in a large increase in energy consumption, and increasing the risk of brown-outs across the country. Even worse, the majority of those running their cooling systems full-blast are at work during the day, with their absence requiring them to run the system while they’re not at home, or face the prospect of returning home to uncomfortable indoor temperatures.
We’ve all tried conserving energy by turning our thermostats up (or down) depending on the season, only to return to a sweltering or freezing home, where we then use more energy trying to make the temperature comfortable. If only there was a way for a thermostat to self-adjust, cooling more when the temperature goes up, less when it’s cloudy or cooler outside. If only there was a cooling (and heating) system that could be programmed to reflect the habits of the apartment dweller, that could be set cooler or warmer, as needed, without the need to run the air conditioner or heater all day long. Enter ‘Smart’ thermostats.
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