Innovative design notches another victory, and in an unlikely space, with the Zen Thermostat. Zen might remind you of certain "learning thermostat" but is aiming to find it's own niche for consumers who are ready to embrace technology and design. Zen is simple to install and easy to use, and is connected to your Wi-Fi with the ability to be controlled from your smartphone no matter where you might remember to make an adjustment. And Zen doesn't think it's smarter than you, as you have full and total control over the adjustments to the thermostat's behavior, which should make your next energy bill a bit more predictable as well. If simple design is better, maybe simple technology is too.
Your schedule likely changes day-to-day along with your busy life. So instead of having to program your thermostat ahead of time, why not let it adapt to you? The Honeywell Lyric Thermostat does exactly that, relying on a companion app that keeps track of your location, sensing when you're away to save energy and sensing when you're coming home to get things back to your preferred temperature. It also takes into account the outdoor temperature and weather when making its cooling decisions, lets you control it from the app or the thermostat, and can even send you an alert when it's time to change the air filter or get your system checked out. It doesn't look too shabby, either.
Yes, you read that correctly. Dragging the venerable ceiling fan into the Internet of Things, the Big Ass Fans Haiku SenseMe Smart Fan is the world's first smart ceiling fan. Thanks to an on-board computer and various sensors, the Haiku knows when it's getting warmer and adjusts the speed accordingly, knows when it gets darker and adjusts the light accordingly, and, thanks to your manual adjustments via a companion app, learns your comfort preferences over time to tailor its schedule around yours. Wall switches are so last century.