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Imagine. You left you home for your 1 week vacation 4 hours ago and just realized you left the thermostat set too high. Or, your vacation home's furnace pilot light failed and the temperature in the home is near freezing. Your pipes will burst by morning and you'll never know about the flood in your home until it's too late.

These scenarios and many more were very real problems for homeowners until the advent of this latest thermostatic wonder, the IP thermostat. IP stands for Internet Protocol, a computer's numeric address on the Internet. With an IP thermostat you can access and control your thermostat from any computer with an Internet connection or in some cases such as with the IP Thermostat made by Proliphix™, you can even control your furnace thermostat from your iPhone or iPod Touch!

The IP thermostat can email you when the temperature in your home drops to a preset low or high setting, alerting you to a "freezing" potential early enough for you to take remedial action. Forgot to adjust you heating or cooling setting when you left? No problem, just jump on the internet or your iPhone and make your adjustments remotely.

So take a read of the tutorial product overview of the Proliphix NT10e and consider this little marvel for increased energy savings and user control.

Comments

February 26, 2010 at 7:10 am
(1) TeXan says:

Hi Bob, Great Column! a note about the Proliphix thermostats. These have been out for a few years. I recommend the NT120 as they have remote sensor capability and actually can have two sensors and average the temp between them. They can also handle two stage furnaces where the basic thermostat will not. I wonder if the company will upgrade soon. The basic thermostat is pretty plain on its exterior not near as flashy as the honeywell visionpro or the Lux. The internet capability is almost along in the basic thermostat category. There are other internet control options with Schlage home control and other options which are almost too complex to attempt. Keep up the good column..

February 26, 2010 at 8:54 am
(2) homerepair says:

Thanks for your constructive comements. The zone averaging capabilities of the NT120 is a very useful feature, good point!

Bob

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