Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Ain’t Technology Grand!
Ain’t Technology Grand!
I am not a complete fuddy-duddy about technology. I love computers, I love the internet, I love GPS, I even like Facebook. Cable TV is spectacular, automatic stuff on cars and ABS brakes…GREAT. However, everything technological is not a plus.
With our recent HVAC upgrade, we got a new high-tech thermostat. This baby hooks up to the internet and you can adjust it where ever you are from your phone. You can set it to adjust to different temperatures in four different time periods. It will be 70 in the evening, drop to 60 at night while you sleep, come up to 70 in the morning, then drop to 60 while you are at work, and come back to 70 by the time you come home from work. Terrific stuff.
We don’t leave the house at any specific times during the day. We don’t have any specific night time, or time we get up in the morning. We are not on any schedule and do not want our home temperature on a schedule.
The installer asked how we wanted the thermostat set and I told him I just wanted to manually change the temperature from time to time and did not need to do it by phone.
I am sure there is an argument to be made for saving money with varying settings. I don’t want to do that. I think you use lots of energy getting the temperature up from 60 two times a day and it is just as efficient to leave it at one preferred temperature. Don’t waste your breath telling me otherwise, I don’t care. I am old and stubborn and can afford the extra $14.78 a month I might be wasting with my prehistoric thinking.
So, the technician left with the thermostat set to 70.
Around 5 am in the morning Mrs. C woke me.
“Why is it so cold.”
“Shouldn’t be, the thermostat is set to 70.”
It was at 60 degrees.
After some research it was determined that the thermostat was factory set for four different times and even has different settings on the weekend.
“Crap, I only wanted it like the old one, I told them I didn’t need any program functions.”
The directions they left us were only for setting up internet phone access. Apparently, it is easy to adjust with the phone once you set up that function. I did not want that function, but the directions did not explain how to turn off the program at the thermostat it only explained how to use the phone setup.
I found instructions on the internet, but only for a similar model. They almost worked except when we had to push the “set” button which did not exist on our model.
Between the two of us and much cursing and button pushing we managed to disable the program settings and it is now firmly fixed to manual.
If we had to do that again, neither of us knows what the heck we did, so we will be calling the HVAC company for detailed instructions.
Anyone remember when things were simple?