My Thermostat Dilemma…

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2010 at 12:44 am

Hello dear reader.  Yesterday I found myself in a dilemma over this little item.

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Click on the link, you’ll like it I promise.  Anyways this is a new thermostat from Trane which allows you, the end user to control your homes comfort system from any computer worldwide that has an internet connection or for you really tech savvy, from your smartphone, with the proper app, all for the low price of $8.99 per month, oh, you have to buy the equipment as well.  It goes down hill from here.

Here’s the skinny…  Trane and Schlage have partnered together and are now offering this new product called the Trane, Comfort Link Remote thermostat.  This thermostat works with Schlages Link program and allows the homeowner to control their heating and cooling system, small appliances, lights, cameras and door locks all from your smart-phone and/or a computer with internet access.  Pretty cool really but here’s the catch.  For just the thermostat kit, my retail will be much more than what a consumer can go to a big box home improvement store and purchase a lock kit with a thermostat as an accessory for.  In other words, I can’t compete with Lowes and Home Depot.

Is this where we are headed?  It’s a great product but I feel like as a small business my voice is not heard among the billion dollar players in this game.  What’s it gonna be like in 20 years.  Any thoughts?

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