New Tricks with a Self-learning Thermostat

Gene and Katie Hamilton

Gene and Katie Hamilton

I don’t remember Fred Flintstone having one of these in his house, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. It’s a thermostat that can learn about your daily living habits and adjust the climate in your home so it’s always the temperature you prefer. The idea is that a thermostat can automatically adjust to what you’re doing from day to day and react to your actual behavior.

The Eversense system is designed to turn the heat or air conditioning down when the last person in a household has left for the day, that being determined by the last mobile phone leaving. The thermostat senses when a person with a phone returns and turns up the heat or cooling. Users can set up a proximity zone and when they cross into it with their phone say, 10 miles from home the device knows and sets the home heating or cooling system based on that person’s preset preferences.

A heating contractor or electrician will install the device for $425, which includes the thermostat and labor. You can buy the device for $295 and install it yourself.

Visit to compare hundreds of job costs and know what it costs to do it yourself vs. hiring a contractor.


Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.
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