New Thermostat from Lennox

By Dan Gregory, Originally Published in Eye On Design

The new iPad-like thermostat from Lennox acts as a miniature weather station.

The new icomfort Wi-Fi™ thermostat from Lennox, launched in 2013, is very cool — figuratively speaking. Designed like an i-Pad (hence the i in front of comfort, natch), it lets you set your home’s temperature from anywhere in the world with a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It shows how much energy your home is using and even doubles as a weather station.

And there is an even cooler aspect: it can shout its presence on your wall or practically disappear, depending on your taste in decor — thanks to optional protective covers (called Gelaskins; the latter company also makes customizable covers for smartphones) and downloadable screensaver images to match. So, for example, your thermostat can become an impressionistic miniature Van Gogh, sport a red frame, or perhaps produce an impressive double take by simply going away — I saw this example at the Home Builder Show in Las Vegas.

A further elaboration would be to take a photo of the wall where the thermostat will be and then use the image as the thermostat screensaver and voila! Or should I say, au revoir! (Images courtesy Lennox and Gelaskins.)

August 26, 2013