My old dial thermostat has been through it all. When we had extensive water damage after a severe storm swept over the region, the thermostat was among the few appliances or devices that still worked. When we had a burglar come and steal a ton of the electronics we replaced after the storm, the thermostat remained! Now, unfortunately, it would seem that the thermostat has run its course. Lately, it has a mind of its own, and will randomly set the furnace or air conditioning unit to full-power! It is quite jarring, too – out of nowhere, we will have a loud buzzing sound through the house as the air conditioning system kicks into gear! I usually have to get up, and quickly change the thermostat from “cool” to “heat” to avoid damage to the outdoor A/C unit. It’s pretty aggravating, as you might imagine! To cope with the situation, we’re planning to just replace the old device and get a smart thermostat. We have friends who switched over and bought a new smart thermostat, and they’ve had nothing but wonderful things to say about it! I don’t blame them, either – their thermostat can automatically build a running schedule based on their preferences, and it can be controlled from far away. All they have to do is use the app that’s connected to the smart device, and they can increase or decrease the temperature in their house just like that. Tell me that doesn’t sound wonderful! I think we’ll definitely be investing in a smart thermostat shortly.