Using the device as a thermostat is pretty straightforward, which is often the first thing you are going to deal with after having it installed. The thermostat is a round wheel, similar to that of the original iPod’s moving click wheel, except for this one is in thermostat form. The unit comes with a backlit screen that will turn on whenever you mess with it, or just pass it by, provided that setting is turned on. Many people enjoy having it light up whenever they walk by because it allows them to see the current setting at a glance when they are on the way into the living room or heading to the fridge.
The background color of the thermostat will turn a blue color whenever the air conditioning is on and a reddish orange color whenever the heat is on. If there isn’t anything running at all, it will remain black with white text. Walking up to the unit and turning its dial will awaken it and allow you to adjust the temperature. If that’s all you care to do with your thermostat, you are set to go.
However, this unit can do far more than just that. You can connect it with your Wi-Fi network, which will allow it to perform a number of different functions. It can perform a software update on its own, which will allow the company to address any issues or add features to it. Since first being released back in October 2011, there have been a total of 10 updates to the software that were all sent wirelessly to users, most of those updates all came out in May 2012. The Wi-Fi feature lets you see the stats and make any necessary changes all from a remote location using their Web app. It truly doesn’t get any better than this.