When you think about thermostats, you probably picture a small rectangular box that sits on your wall and allows the temperature within your home to be controlled. While this is true of traditional thermostats, modern thermostats offer so much more and are almost unrecognizable from the thermostats of the past. Today’s thermostats are designed to be user friendly and simple to understand and program, but with the additional benefit of allowing remote access as well.
Nearly every thermostat that you will find on the market today comes in a digital format – a huge step up from the often complicated dial formats that were once so common back in the day. If you’ve ever had a turn dial thermostat, you know just how difficult they can be to read and set, and unfortunately, reading and setting are just about the only two capabilities these systems had. Nowadays, thermostats are joining the “smart” industry, and come packed with so many features that you’ll never run out of options to explore.
Some of the capabilities included in modern thermostats include:
- Talking thermostats for the visually impaired.
- Humidistats that allow for humidity control in addition to temperature control.
- Energy-efficient thermostats that help you save money.
- Programmable thermostats for people who want to set their system once and forget about it.
Perhaps the most important feature built into the latest thermostat models, is the capability for remote access. Even though you still have a rectangular box sitting on your wall controlling it, this does not mean the actual thermostat is your only point of access. With remote access, you can control the settings in your home wherever you are in the world, as long as you have an internet connection.