The future of thermostats

New thermostats could be controlled via smartphones.

With the hectic holiday season, I've had a full plate (and less than enough time to spend working on my home or those for others). As a result, I've been doing more news trolling than actual home repair work of late. But, it's always good to stay current on trends, especially as new advances in technology can only help us better protect our homes from wasted spending, drafts and other inconveniences.

A reader passed on a story from The New York Times today (it was published on December 7), and I wanted to share it with everyone. In it, Farhad Manjoo talks about the thermostats of the future, or at least the expensive ones of the present. (He starts off by saying thermostats can be annoying. I would say what's really annoying is heating your home with only fire… but, I digress.)

Manjoo does get to some good information in his piece, however. For example, he talks about how internet-equipped thermostats could soon change the industry. These models allow you to be at work or soccer practice or what-have-you and change the temperature of your home with a click of a computer button. While I'm all for convenience (see my koozie collection), what I don't feel comfortable with is no longer being able to fix any problems with my thermostat that arise.

That's why I stick to manual thermostats, and have ever since digital options came out. Not that digital options are a bad purchase, they can be very handy, I just know that I want to be able to fix my manual thermostat as quickly as possible when problems arise.

When thermostats break, home heating levels can become uncomfortable and the wasted spending from this malfunction could be great, even when not factoring in any needed service. That's why I'll be recommending manual thermostats this holiday season. Call me old fashioned, but if it ain't broke…

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