I like being able to control my HVAC system while using my phone

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I’m surprised by the number of features and capabilities that I can get with an average smartphone these days.

  • Back when I bought a flip phone in the early 2000s, I was just blissful to have text messaging for the first time back then.

The phone didn’t even have a camera included with it, so it wowed me to no end when I finally had that feature for the first time, albeit with low megapixels and terrible resolution! So when smartphones hit the market only a few years later, I was pretty shocked with what the market seemed to be evolving into. There was talk about mobile internet allowing you access to the internet in a tablet the size of your hand. You could stream music apps in the car for the first time ever, too. GPS was no longer limited to small devices that you had to buy and affix to your dashboard. But with all of the advances in smartphone technology, I never pictured a day where I could change the temperature in the apartment while I’m at work or thousands of miles away on a trip! My air conditioner has a smart control component that is affixed to our Wi-Fi router. I downloaded an app on my new phone that communicates with the smart control component at my apartment while it is online. In minutes I can turn on our heating to get the apartment warm before leaving during the day. I can also monitor the A/C usage remotely to make sure there are no malfunctions with the system. Although I don’t use these features very much, it’s good to know that I have the option.

Mini split air conditioner