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Find the actual temperature at the thermostat from my cell phone?

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You don't say what kind of phone you have, but assuming it's an Android or Apple smartphone, you should understand a few things. First, your phone won't read outside temperatures by itself. You can use weather apps that download reports from local weather towers in your area, but these won't tell you how warm your home is.

How can you measure the actual temperature in your environment? You can purchase an sensor attachment that you plug in to your phone, or you can buy a thermometer/thermostat that transmits data to an app on your phone. I'm familiar with the Nest, a mobile-controlled house thermostat that works with central AC systems. It comes with an iPhone/Android app that reports on temperatures and allows a huge degree of customization in your home AC settings, but it's very expensive at over $300. Westinghouse probably makes cheaper wireless models too, but these thermostats aren't worth the money if you have a wall heater or room AC.

Me, I bought a $15 instant-read digital food thermometer from Amazon.com and take temperature readings by pushing it's on button. Cheaper, faster and easy.

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