Ancient Romans, the wealthy ones, filtered the water from the aqueduct through the walls of their homes. One Roman emperor imported snow down from the mountains in the summer and build his own mountain of snow to try to stay cool. President James Garfield had air blown through cotton sheets that had been doused in ice water.
Then a man named Willis Carrier came along, but he was just looking for something to take the humidity out of his printing plant, not to cool humans. In the U.S. today, over 87% of homes have air conditioning.
Stay cool (but call us if you’re not)!
With all the things that smart phones, tablets, etc. can control these days, your thermostat is another one to add to the list. Besides the cool factor, it’s a money-saving energy efficient way to run your home as well. Currently there are some rebates available from our local utility companies which will help offset the initial purchase price.
The Honeywell Prestige thermostat, the Nest and the Ecobee thermostats all have a full-color display and a self-monitoring system that tells you when action is needed. You can receive email alerts for problems or reminders for filter replacement. Some of the models even have “dry contacts” that allow us to get advanced warning of sump pump failure or water leaks.
These smart thermostats can also calculate how long it takes to heat or cool your home. Remote access allows you to change, monitor or override those pre-set temperatures or times. As our world become more tech-savvy, don’t let your thermostat fall behind!