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Published on June 19th, 2012 | by Kira


Filtrete: Helping You Have A Fully Programmable Home

Re­mem­ber the time when hav­ing ev­ery­thing in your house ca­pa­ble of be­ing com­plete­ly con­trolled from a com­put­er or a phone was some­thing seen in sci-fi movies or on­ly imag­in­able for the most ad­vanced man­sions? Well, times have changed. We can all have sci-fi man­sions! Or, at least sci-fi homes and apart­ments.

One step in that di­rec­tion is to get the Fil­trete Wi-Fi Ful­ly Pro­grammable Touch Screen Ther­mo­stat. With this ther­mo­stat, you can con­trol the tem­per­a­ture of your home sim­ply through an app on your phone or through your com­put­er. This means you can save a lot of mon­ey by low­er­ing your heat­ing or AC while you are away, but ad­just the set­tings to your ide­al tem­per­a­ture on your com­mute home. If you for­get to turn down the heat or A/C you can do it re­mote­ly. Fi­nal­ly, this gad­get is per­fect for ad­just­ing your tem­per­a­ture while you are in bed al­ready tucked in.

The set up pro­cess is a lit­tle bit of a pain for any­one who doesn’t know any­thing about elec­tric­i­ty, but I think long as you are will­ing to work care­ful­ly, you can do it. To set it up you need to con­nect the nor­mal R, W, Y, G wires, but it al­so needs the 24v C wire for pow­er – a lot of ther­mostats do not have that one, but most fur­naces do. Once you have the phys­i­cal part of the set up done it gets much eas­i­er. You just have to ac­ti­vate the ther­mo­stat’s wi-fi, which can eas­i­ly be done from your home com­put­er. You should al­so down­load the app for your An­droid or iOS smart­phone or de­vice and check out the ther­mo­stat’s web­site, which are both very self ex­plana­to­ry. Now you are ready to ad­just your home’s tem­per­a­ture from any­where.

Of course, if you don’t have cen­tral heat at your home or apart­ment, you can’t use this ther­mo­stat, which is un­for­tu­nate for many of us New York­ers. Over­all, for the rea­son­able price of un­der $100, and the mi­nor has­sle of set­ting it up, the Fil­trete Wi-Fi Ful­ly Pro­grammable Touch Screen Ther­mo­stat is a fun gad­get for the home that might save you mon­ey in the long run. The screen it­self is easy-to-read and use, even if the sur­round­ing cas­ing isn’t ex­act­ly sexy or sleek, and the PC con­trols aren’t per­fect. Home au­toma­tion doesn’t have to be ex­pen­sive, dif­fi­cult, or con­fined to man­sions!

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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