My boyfriend decided to get our new house a smart thermostat. We have been updating little things to make the home look more modern. In the hallway I sanded all the wood doors and painted them. I updated the bifold on the HVAC closet to look a little more funky than just an ugly wooden door. I bought new switch plates, hallway lights, a cool smoke detector and I even added new door knobs too. The last touch was the thermostat. I wanted to leave the old beige thermostat. I know it didn’t go with the home decor, but it worked and was easy to operate. I just moved the plastic toggle anytime I wanted to raise or lower the temperature. I didn’t have to specify heating or cooling. The HVAC immediately clicked on when I messed with it too. It looked bad but got the job done. My boyfriend bought a smart thermostat and installed it himself. He didn’t buy a thermostat from our local HVAC company. Additionally, he didn’t make sure the thermostat was compatible with our system. Thirdly, he did the installation himself. A lot of things are wrong with the thermostat because of those three cases. The thermostat works, sort of. First, it isn’t really compatible with our system. We lost the emergency heating function in the wintertime and that stinks. Also, the thermostat has trouble learning our heating and cooling behaviors. It frequently will just stop heating and let our house get in the 60s. It really likes to tell us to change the air filter even if it is brand new. I think my boyfriend messed up something.