Invention: Automatic Thermostat
Inventor: Albert Butz
Albert Butz invented an automatic “damper flapper” that allowed a coal furnace to be turned on, off, up or down. His company evolved into today’s Honeywell International. Honeywell continued to improve on the design, becoming the famous round thermostats it began to market in 1952. Today’s smart thermostats allow users to manage energy consumption and costs.