I don’t know who is in charge of marketing around here, but they really need to reconsider the way they are advertising this stupid piece of plastic. Apparently some people seem to think that this dumb appliance is going to revolutionize their household, their lives, and the whole world, but those folks must be incredibly dense. From what I can tell, there’s nothing intelligent about this stupid rectangle or the effect it’s having on my life. I’m talking, of course, about my new “smart” thermostat. This thing was supposed to save me from abundant energy bills, uneven air temperatures, and headaches in general, but instead I’m only tormented by the ridiculous indoor air temperature control system. To begin with, the smart thermostat operates via Wi-Fi, which is to say that it doesn’t operate at all. The air quality control disconnects from my furnace and AC all the time, meaning I have to manually reprogram the whole central heating and cooling system. Secondly, the touch screen monitor does not seem to recognize my fingertips, and I have to pound on the homescreen to make any HVAC changes at all. Maybe it’s because my fingers are so cold from lack of heat – who knows. Lastly, the smart thermostat does not like to communicate with my phone app, so I have to manually adjust the indoor air temperature settings most of the time. At this point, there’s nothing smart about my thermostat or the arduous process of trying to use it. My energy bills are just as high as ever, and my blood pressure is much higher.