More than 234 million Americans age 13 and up used mobile devices in April. Nearly 116 million of those using mobile devices are estimated to use a smartphone on a monthly basis by the close of 2012, according to New Media Trend Watch.
That exponential growth is expected to continue. By the close of 2016, an estimated 192.4 million Americans — or approximately 58.5 percent of the U.S. population — will palm a smartphone on a regular basis.
A recent study, conducted by O2, reveals that smartphone users spend at least two hours each day on their devices, surfing the Internet, utilizing social media, listening to music, gaming, and performing other activities. One of those other activities: setting their thermostat.
Thermostats and control devices are no longer recognized as just HVAC devices; they’re now recognized as consumer electronic devices and manufacturers are harvesting this notion through the creation of state-of-the-art equipment.
“Over the last five years, thermostats have changed dramatically,” said Kyle Golden, product manager of controls, Lennox Industries. “As adoption of smartphones and tablets has increased, consumer expectations have changed. Touch enabled devices and easy-to-use interfaces are now the norm. Technology advancements like Wi-Fi connectivity and the ability to have control through the cloud are no longer limited to just early adopters; they have transitioned to the mainstream.”