Until recently, I ran my furnace and central air conditioner from an ancient thermostat. The thermostat was at least thirty years old. It was a basic, plastic model with a dial that I turned to adjust temperature. It required my to physically turn the dial to change the settings. The thermostat did not maintain a precise reading of temperature or provided any other features. I certainly couldn’t program it to accommodate my family’s schedule. When we all left for work or school in the morning, I needed to remember to raise or lower the temperature setting to conserve energy. At the end of the day, when my family returned home, the house was always too cold or terribly overheated. If we went away on vacation, there was no way to check on the indoor temperature or operation of the heating/cooling system. I recently invested in a modern smart thermostat, which has greatly improved convenience and saved me quite a bit of money. The smart thermostat allows me to better manage energy usage by matching the heating and cooling output of the system to the demands of our home and schedule. In the winter, when the house is empty, the thermostat automatically lowers the temperature, reducing the workload on the furnace. It further trims costs by ramping the temperature up gradually. This puts less strain on components and welcomes my family to ideal comfort. If our schedule should unexpectedly change during the day, I can easily access settings through my smartphone or laptop. Plus, I receive reminders for filter changes, notifications for maintenance, and alerts for temperature fluctuations.