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Old 01-08-2018, 02:26 PM
 
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I wonder how many of those with no batteries have a rechargeable coin battery on the inside.
Iíll look in manual when I get home. I have more stuff for that folder.
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Old 01-08-2018, 05:56 PM
 
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I'm currently visiting my best friend down here in SoCal and she purchased a Nest that came with a free Google Home pod. The system is so fantastic that I purchased the setup for my retirement home in Idaho. The Nest thermostat "learns" her habits and will set the temperature level to what it has learned so far.

The Google Home and Nest are interconnected so that all she has to do is say, "Hey Google! Set the temperature to 72." And poof! Thermostat set. That's kinda neat that when she wakes up, she can turn the heater on without getting out of bed.

She can also use her iPhone to monitor the temperature in the house. So, while she is at work, she can check how hot or cold it is inside the house and re-set it from her phone.

That Google Home is a pretty cool gadget. Answers all kinds of things. In the morning, you can say, "Hey Google. Good Morning." Then it will give you the time, the temperature, the weather report, then launch into a NPR new report with local and international news. Who knows what else. I'll set it all up when I get back to Idaho later this week. Of course, one needs wireless so that Google Home can find the answers to what you ask of it.
Geez, I got a Google Home pod for Christmas and haven't had time to play with it yet or set it up. I'm getting rather curious about it now. Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:39 AM
 
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Iíll look in manual when I get home. I have more stuff for that folder.
No mention of a battery at all...
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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Check out https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/7/16...tech-confusion

"Everything is too complicated"
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Towson, MD
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I'm so with you on the old Honeywell. Generally, these days, for many things new is NOT better. Who needs batteries in a thermostat - just one more thing to maintain.

I still have the old Honeywell thermostat. No problems. Son, otoh, has a programmable that keeps kicking out. They were gone last summer and I couldn't get their AC to turn on. I told him next time we have the HVAC guy here, we are replacing with the old-fashioned kind. One lever, off/heat/ac; another fan lever for on or automatic only when furnace is running. I move the dial few degrees down when I go to bed, turn it up when I get up, or turn the furnace/ac off completely. Nothing hard about that.

Regulating home temp is not a complicated issue. These programmables are an unnecessary complicated and inconvenient solution looking for a nonexistent problem.
Not true, our programmable saves considerable energy and money - house cools during the day when we are at work and warms up before we get home, then cools again about an hour after we go to bed until heating before we get up. Plus it will run the programs when we're on vacation. Ours has saved money.
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:04 AM
 
Location: New York Area
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Technology can be wonderful once we figure it out and master how to use it to make our lives better. I agree that mastering may not be as easy for us as it once was.
The problem is people take for granted the simplicity of setting a thermostat. No rebooting or any other malarky.

Granted, computers are improvements over typewriters but they take mastery.
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