My thermostat chose the perfect time to die.
It died during a moderate time of year, so I wasn’t left with a freezing cold or smoking hot house. Because the temperature was so moderate, I had time to find a new thermostat. I wasn’t rushed to buy something new and have it installed right away. One Saturday afternoon, I went to the local hardware store to check out what they had available in the thermostat department. While I was browsing the selection, a salesman approached me and asked if I needed help. I kindly said no thank you, because I already knew what kind of thermostat I wanted. I was planning on getting a traditional thermostat, nothing fancy. The salesman saw my response as an opportunity to try and sell me a smart thermostat instead, which was twice as much money. I’d researched smart thermostats during my free time, but I knew I’d never use it enough to spend that kind of money on it. The salesman continued to press me on the details of the smart thermostat anyway. He told me all about the energy efficiency, how I could control it from my phone, and how much money I’d save over time. When he was finally done speaking, I told him that I only wanted the traditional thermostat because it was simple and all I needed. I knew how to run my HVAC system properly and I wasn’t interested in paying more. I don’t think he appreciated my response, but I did tell him from the beginning that I wasn’t interested.