I agree, Liz. It's surprising there isn't anything on the market, particularly from the heater manufacturers. But this was done for a pretty low cost -- looks like about $30 for the parts shown here -- but the price could go down if it was produced in volume.
Yes, that's probably a little too high for a single item but mass production would definitely bring the price down. I'm sure there are other people who would be interested in this sort of gadget! Now there's an idea...
I have a thermostat at each of my 2 houses that operates over the internet. It is a Nest product available at Lowes' It works very well and provides a daily chart f when the furnace was on & off. I can set the temperature from anywhere and anytime that I have an internet connection.
I also have a plug-n module into which I can plug in any device such as a lamp or space heater that is also controlled through the internet. It is a WEMO product, also availabel aat Lowes and like some other similar places.
I was considering the Nest, but as I understand it, it doesn't have an alarm feature(that is, a low temperature warning). So I'm still using my circa 1990's dialer to adjust temperature (switch between two thermostats one with home one with away setting) since it will call me if the temperature falls below my set point.
If anyone knows of a web-enabled thermostat with alarm, I'd like to hear about it.
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