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I recently moved to an apartment, and my roommate and I were talking about how much better it would be if we had a smart thermostat. We're going to ask the landlord about an upgrade, but I thought I remembered seeing systems somewhere that allowed you to smart-ify a traditional thermostat (very technical term, I know). It's one of the ones with just an up and a down button, nothing else.

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    It's easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission, as they say. I'd change it out with a Nest (love mine--get a used/refurb 1st or 2nd gen cheap) and take it with you when you leave. There's very little risk of damage if you pay attention to the connection schedule.
    – isherwood
    Sep 23 '16 at 14:36
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    What are the exact functions you want to achieve - e.g. just daily scheduling, or remote internet control, etc? Sep 23 '16 at 17:41
  • @CarlWitthoft yeah mostly just scheduling; no sense in heating the apartment in the winter during the day when we're not there
    – DanTheMan
    Sep 23 '16 at 19:34
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    as isherwood states Nest is nice, but make sure it is compatible with your system, there are a few that are not. At least not directly. Sep 23 '16 at 19:47
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Devices exist which are basically heaters with timers, which can be mounted under a traditional thermostat to bias it toward turning the heat off sooner. By juggling the two settings, this can be made to work somewhat like a setback thermostat.

Mostly obsolete, since not very efficient, but useful in cases where the owner forbids installing a real smart thermostat.

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    Sorta like faxing yourself a photocopy of an email, eh?
    – isherwood
    Sep 23 '16 at 14:34
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    You can bias an old mercury thermostat by sticking a piece of cardboard in the bimetallic coil...
    – gbronner
    Sep 23 '16 at 18:15
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    @gbronner no no no! You program an arduino to rotate the thermostat disk! Sep 23 '16 at 19:06
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    @CarlWitthoft can I program it with little robot arms to push buttons??
    – DanTheMan
    Sep 23 '16 at 19:34
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    @DanTheMan only if you have a 3d printer to maker it with. Sep 23 '16 at 19:44

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