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Smart thermostat tracks phones

Soon I started to feel like this smart thermostat was a little too smart.

Sometimes I get a bit creeped out by technology. Obviously everyone is worried about their webcams getting hacked by creepos who want to take a peep at you. Clearly everyone is getting concerned about the amount of information Facebook is ready to share with global marketers. It’s well known that our emails and text messages are likely being monitored by some watchdog group. However, the thing that is really freaking me out the most lately is our new smart thermostat. At our last house we were spoiled by the presence of an existing smart thermostat system. Within a year we became completely accustomed to using our phones to control the indoor air temperature at all times. It didn’t matter if we were 1000 miles away or just down the hallway from the air temperature control device, we usually whipped out our phones and logged into the smart thermostat app either way. We loved the high tech air quality control system so much that we went through withdrawal when we moved to a new house. My husband went on the lookout for a discounted HVAC control device, and soon came home with a new Nest thermostat. I was excited…at first. Soon I started to feel like this smart thermostat was a little too smart. Namely, I became alarmed that the thermostat knew when I was home and tracked my daily schedule through my cell phone. There are benefits to this thermostat tracking for energy savings, I’m sure, but I can’t shake the feeling that my smart temperature control device is up to something. I’ve been turning my phone off lately, just so I feel like I’m off the thermostat grid… but then I can’t use the temperature control app that we purchased the air temperature control device for in the first place.



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