By Gene and Katie Hamilton
I don’t remember Fred Flintstone having one of these in his house, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. A self-learning thermostat learns about your daily living habits and adjusts the climate in your home so it’s always the temperature you prefer. The idea is that a thermostat can automatically adjust to what you’re doing from day to day and react to your actual behavior.
One example is the Eversense system, designed to turn the heat or air conditioning down when the last person in a household has left for the day, that being determined by the last mobile phone leaving. The thermostat senses when a person with a phone returns and turns up the heat or cooling. Users can set up a proximity zone and when they cross into it with their phone say, 10 miles from home the device knows and sets the home heating or cooling system based on that person's preset preferences.
A heating contractor or electrician will install the device for $448, which includes the thermostat and labor. You can buy the device for $290 online and find several by typing "self learning thermostat in a search engine.
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The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to install a self-learning thermostat with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.