Why a new thermostat has me, my house and my wallet all smiling.
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Do you remember how Friends’ episodes were titled? The One Where Joey Moves Out, The One With the Monkey, The One With the Candy Hearts. Well that’s kind of like this post – The One with the New Thermostat. It’s about a new thermostat, but it’s about so much more. Just like an episode of Friends.
The One With the New Thermostat
Dean and I and the kids have lived in this house for over a year.
For most of that year I dealt with the old thermostat.
I’m the one that controls the heating and cooling in the house – mostly because I’m the one who’s body temperature goes up and down like a yo-yo. The joy of being a woman, right?
So, for about 12 months, I adjusted the temperature when I got up in the morning and I adjusted it again when I went to bed at night. I pretended to know what 70 degrees Fahrenheit meant in Celsius (because our old thermostat was in Fahrenheit and couldn’t be changed!) through winter and summer and back into winter again. And I tried to ignore the big, ugly, beige box on the wall as much as possible.
Thankfully…thankfully…around Christmas time Dean installed a new thermostat...which our kids have named Alexa. Sounds weird, right? Well, let me introduce you to ‘her’.
Why I’m Smiling
The new thermostat is the ecobee4, with built-in Amazon Alexa Voice Service. (The name makes sense now, doesn’t it?)
Built-in Alexa Voice Service means that we have a voice assistant that we can ask to assist with all sorts of things. The kids’ favorite ‘skill’ is to ask her to tell them a joke, or to play their favorite song, or even read them the sports scores. Alexa can check the weather, read the news, set a timer, adjust the temperature and more. (I even hear Alexa can order the groceries. Note to self: try this ‘skill’ soon!)
Why My House Is Smiling
The ecobee4 also has room sensors available to help manage hot or cold spots, which is very handy. It’s reassuring to know that we’re not the only ones with different temperatures in different rooms. It’s even better to have a solution for that now.
Since the ecobee4 is Wi-Fi enabled, it can be controlled via the Android and iOS ecobee app. So now I can adjust the temperature from my room, the car or even my sister’s house!
Why My Wallet Is Smiling
The ecobee4 is ENERGY STAR® certified and will save us up to 23% on heating and cooling costs each year! Smart Home/Away can automatically enable the right mode for energy savings when it senses no one is home. And there are Free energy reports to show how much energy we’ve conserved each month and provide insight into our heating and cooling equipment.
I am so happy to have Alexa Voice Service to help with things, an app to adjust the thermostat even when I’m not near it and a much nicer-looking thermostat on my wall to boot! If you read this far, I suppose the smile is obvious. 🙂
Want to find out more? Check out their homepage here!
Is it time for a new thermostat at your house too?