said by Jack_in_VA:
All that may satisfy those who need a lot of technology whether it's really a necessity or not.
For me all I need is an accurate thermostat that keeps the set temperature I want. I can remember to change the filters once a month but as a backup I have it on my online calender.
Finer-grain =/= necessity
Finer-grain = more details and/or more control
Technically, all we'd NEED is an analog thermostat