Project Thermo: Why a smart thermostat?

As I talk to people about Project Thermo I stumbled across something that caught me off guard, some people asked me why you’d want a smart thermostat. People who understand smart thermostats get Project Thermo, but apparently there are still people that don’t understand why you’d want a smart thermostat. This post is for them.

What is a smart thermostat?

Smart, programmable, or setback thermostats have been around for quite a while. Mechanical versions were invented by Mr. Honeywell in the early 1900s, with digital versions coming to market in the 80s. In it’s basic form, a programmable thermostat changes the thermostat setting based on the time of day, meaning that your thermostat’s set temperature changes throughout the day instead of staying constant.

Why a smart thermostat?

So smart thermostats have been around for a really long time, but why? Simple, cost savings. By heating or cooling at specific times (rather than constantly) you can save money. It costs a lot of money to heat or cool your house when you aren’t using it while at work. By changing your thermostat  6º C / 10º F for 8 hours a day, you can save 10% or more on your energy costs. You can also lower the temperature when you sleep to save more money (an additional 10% or more) while getting a better night’s sleep. So a smart thermostat is about keeping the house comfortable when you are home, and saving energy and money when you are not. Not only is it better for the environment, and your pocket book, it’s better for you.

Programmable thermostats have gotten better over time, but they still tend to be rigid and limited in their functionality and flexibility. The internet of things (IoT) is taking things one step further by connecting your thermostat to the internet and collecting and analyzing the data to run your furnace even more efficiently while also allowing you to control it either locally or remotely on your devices. Smart thermostats have improved the market greatly by learning from the data and adapting your schedule to you rather than a simple home / away / asleep / awake schedule, allowing more convenience, flexibility and potentially more savings.

Why Project Thermo?

Smart thermostats help save you money. There are some great ones on the market, but  they are expensive, and clunky. Why do you have to stand in a random hallway tapping on the wall? With all the amazing technology we have today, we think that there is room for improvement so we created Project Thermo to give you:

  • an affordable smart IoT thermostat,
  • that is infinitely customizable to fit your lifestyle,
  • with a much easier user experience on your devices,
  • that will get smarter and better over time (like an app on your phone)
  • and give you data to help you understand what your furnace is doing, when and why so you can make better decisions and save more money.

Why Project Thermo? A better planet, a better happier you, with more money in your pocket.

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