How to Choose a Smart Thermostat?
Choosing a smart thermostat is not as easy as going to the store and buying the cheapest, or cutest looking thermostat. Not all smart thermostats are the same; in fact, there are actually two types of Smart Thermostats. You will need to choose a smart thermostat that learns automatically from your behavior and adjust themselves (no programming), and/or choose a smart thermostat that connects to the internet for remote management and programming. In my opinion, the best smart thermostats fall into both of these groups.
Most Popular Brands:
Nest Thermostat- One of the first smart thermostats. Nest combines a chic look and a bright LCD that can give you a ton of useful data. This thermostat includes a remote management app and tools that help you save money. This thermostat also learns by sensing the weather of the home (i.e. humidity in the air or the oven on full blast when cooking) and adjust accordingly.
Ecobee Smart Thermostat and Honeywell Prestige or Wi-fi– These offer similar features to the Nest like an internet connection, mobile apps for remote management, and it has features that will learn your habits to help you save money.
Smart Home Choices- Many smart home or home automation systems have their own smart thermostats that can integrate into the home system and can offer one or both types of services. I personally have a Control4 smart thermostat because I live with a Control4 smart home. My thermostat can do everything the Honeywell, Ecobee, or Nest can do. When it came time for me to choose a smart thermostat I used one that integrated best with the existing smart home.
I won’t lie to you the latest technology always comes with a price. Currently Smart Thermostats run between $200-$500 depending on the model. Some models require professional installation so make sure to ask when you buy it and factor that into the cost. Ecobee and Nest are designed for the consumer to install themselves but these aren’t really “plug and play,” so factor in the time and/or the cost required to have it installed when you consider the cost.