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It will be interesting to read replies to this, but I would think that something like a Nest thermostat, if it can integrate directly with that unit, provides a straightforward out of the box solution that includes Internet control for what you want.
Once you leave your home network, then you are getting into the world of needing a device which can speak to your home from the outside world and do so securely. I'm not aware of this being straightforward, so it may require you to have some networking skill and being willing to leave a PC on 24/7 running software you designed yourself, etc., etc.
The Nest just kind of has it all built in. I believe some other manufacturers have it all built in as well.
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