Talking to your thermostat reveals ways to save money

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I’m trying to adjust a thermostat without my glasses to prove a point …

Well, not really, but today I would like to tell you about what I think is a GREAT product for those who are seeing impaired or just need a little help when it comes to today’s modern technology.

What I’m referring to is a talking thermostat. Not only does it announce the temperature when you press the adjustment buttons, it also verbally walks you through how to program it so that you can lower your temperature at night and save money all winter long this year.

Now, let’s take this a step further. Aside from the basic functions, this amazing thermostat will also tell you when it’s time to change your filter — and it protects your air conditioner from restarting too quickly in power outages, which can damage your unit.

Why, it even turns the furnace on automatically when the temperature in the house gets close to freezing, just in case you forgot and left it in the “off” position.

Two more cool features to note: It has a report button that tells you your settings and the condition of your furnace, and finally, a help button if your furnace isn’t working properly and just who to call.

A programmable thermostat is imperative to saving money in both summer and winter. But a thermostat that talks you through programming and directions can be a great help to people in need.

Joel Wensley is a licensed mechanical contractor in the state of Michigan, a WJBK-TV Fox2 Detroit news contributor and president of Mechanical Heating & Cooling in Dearborn Heights.