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Jun 2, 2009

Honeywell Thermostat Sounds Cooler Than Your PC

Over the years, we've searched high and low for the craziest tech to sate your gear-craving jones. We call it "the Relentless Pursuit of Awesomeness." Today, I call your attention to Honeywell and the Prestige, a thermostat so technically advanced that it just slapped your thermostat in the face. For starters, it has a full color, high definition, touch-screen interface that just screams expensive. It's also programmable, and you can control it wirelessly (using Honeywell's RedLink technology).

But what the company's really stoked about is the interview-based set-up technology: Once installed in your wall and hooked into your home heating, cooling, and dehumidifying (is that a word?) systems, the Prestige's patented interface will program itself after walking you through a series of preference questions. "You like it hot? How's that? You want maybe some cool air in the bedroom?" It goes almost without saying that it can display outdoor temperature information, allows for different thermal zones, and can be scheduled to turn on and off. Did I mention that this thing speaks three different languages as well? It makes human beings look bad.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Honeywell thinks the Prestige will actually save you money too. According to the product brochure, "On average, heating and cooling costs make up 50% of your utility bill, and we all know that energy costs keep skyrocketing. Because the Prestige Comfort System automatically manages your home's temperature to maximize savings, you can cut your annual heating and cooling costs by up to 33% - or by $200 or more each year."

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