Do more than manage your home’s heating and cooling system. These are app-enabled Make it possible to adjust your thermostat from your phone whether you’re on the couch, at the grocery store, or on vacation – anywhere your phone or mobile device is connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network. Many smart thermostats also work with Alexa, And Even now, giving you another way to adjust your settings with remote access to your smart home system.
Some smart thermostat systems also use smart features like a motion sensor to determine whether you are indoors or outdoors and automatically make temperature changes – both for your heating and cooling – of your HVAC system. Without being fiddle with. Others rely on the geofencing radius: once you get a certain distance from your home, they automatically return to the far mode and then return to home mode when they return. Then there are features like a remote sensor, a power extender kit, a thermostat that uses the existing infrastructure (in other words, which works with it).) And, of course, thermostats that measure your energy usage to make your home more energy efficient. Literally, a smart home thermostat is an energy-saving smart device that is good for both the environment and your wallet.
Even better, these options offer more than a programmable thermostat – you want a learning thermostat that is better at regulating temperature to suit your preferences.
Along with these modern features, many connected heating and cooling systems boast innovative designs. From oneFor a responsive touchscreen, smart thermostats look very different than your traditional thermostat. They can also send you smart alerts, sync with their smart home devices, and some even respond to voice commands.
Let us explore the model of choices available by model. We will highlight that each model stands out from the rest and ultimately choose an overall winner of the best smart thermostat from the pack. We update the list from time to time, but here is the list of smart thermostats we tested recently:
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The Ecobee Smart Thermostat is my favorite pick for the best smart thermostat available today. Yes, it’s expensive at $ 249, but it has the performance and features to back it up – especially if you want to talk to Alexa Without it To buy an Amazon Echo. The $ 169 Ecobee3 Lite Wi-Fi thermostat is also a great option if you don’t need or need an Amazon Alexa speaker. Read our Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control Review.
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The Nest Thermostat is an Alexa- and Google-Assistant-enabled smart thermostat from Google – and is only $ 130, or even less. Compared to high-end $ 250 smart thermostats, this model offers a great value. It also looks good, is easy to install and use in the Google Home app (or with voice commands; compatible smart speakers and separately sold displays) and performs well.
If you are searching for a solid entry-level smart thermostat, the Nest Thermostat is an excellent choice. Read our Nest Thermostat review.
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The Honeywell Home T9 is a $ 200 smart thermostat from Resido. The T9 works with Alexa and Google Assistant and offers reliable performance and a solid app. The device also comes with Remote Humidity, Proximity and Temperature Sensor, making it the smartest sensor accessory. Nest’s sensors only provide ambient temperature readings, while Ecobee’s sensors only have the ability to detect temperature and proximity. Read the review of our Resideo Honeywell Home T9 Smart Thermostat.
Test a thermostat
Let’s talk about the test. Smart thermostats begin with installation. Installations can vary widely between thermostats and HVAC systems, but some basic steps are required to install these devices. If you have any questions about the setup process, as always, consult a professional installer. Here are the common steps:
- Turn off the power to your thermostat on the circuit breaker
- Remove old thermostat
- Install the base plate of the thermostat with included screws
- Attach wires to wire terminals
- Snap on faceplate
- Turn on the circuit breaker
Was the thermostat setup particularly difficult to install? If yes, why? For example, some models require a C-wire, which can complicate installation if you do not have one. Not sure what a C-wire is?.
From there, I proceed to the app. Every smart thermostat has one. If I don’t already have one, I download the app and create an account. Then I configure the thermostat following the steps given in the application. This usually means connecting to a local Wi-Fi network, naming your thermostat as “hallway” or “bedroom” and then you can start using your thermostat.
How well does the app work? Is it easy to navigate the thermostat settings you need? Is it easy to create a schedule or enable geofencing? This factor in the thermostat’s usability score, as well as how simple it is to control the thermostat hardware itself.
I also test smart home integration, specifically voice-enabled systems that you can access through voice assistants such as Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri. Most connected thermostats have compatibility with at least one voice assistant and some, such asAnd , Work with all three. Do voice commands flow naturally, as they do in a real conversation? Has the thermostat actually adjusted the temperature – heating and cooling – according to your commands.
All these things determine the overall score of a smart thermostat and how likely I am to recommend it.