After years of braving the bitter winter cold, I sought change and moved myself and my dog down south.
I yearned for lazy afternoons laying on the beach and soaking up the sun’s rays.
The desire to smell the coastal breeze and taste the salt on my tongue. Somehow, I found an apartment just a block away from a beautiful public beach. And directly to the left of the public access parking lot is a separate beach for dogs and cats. My dog Skipper is a rambunctious golden retriever. The first time he experienced sand was a magical moment I’ll never forget. Just watching him jump in the air and roll around for hours was heartwarming. But, as much as Skipper and I love living so close to the beach, we don’t appreciate the poor air conditioner performance inside the apartment during summer heat waves. The indoor temperature will climb past my thermostat settings and I’ll spend the rest of the day trying to chase the number and get my apartment cool again. I was told that I should have my thermostat recalibrated or buy a new one altogether. The allure of smart thermostats has grown on me in recent years, especially knowing that I can adjust temperature levels when I’m outside the house ahead of my return, especially after work. Not only that, but there are features built into the software that allow the system to track climate and weather patterns and match them to occupants’ energy preferences. I assumed I would have to spend a fortune to buy one, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there are smart thermostats for every budget. Of course, some are better than others or have an abundance of features.