Posted August 4, 2022

beat the heat with a smart home thermostat

A smart home thermostat does the thinking, and remembering, for you. It can learn your schedule, sense when you’re away from home, and balance temperatures around your home to make you feel more comfortable while using less energy.

Google Nest Learning Thermostat
The Google Nest Learning Thermometer manages your home with the least amount of input by learning your heating and cooling preferences then intelligently creates a schedule to maximize efficiency-no programming by you needed. It’s easy to use and compatible with most systems. Its sleek look features a control wheel and a large, beautiful screen that doubles as a time or weather clock. It also comes in different finishes so you can choose which works best in your home.
Compatibility: Amazon Alexa, Google Home, SmartThings

Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control
Ecobee SmartThermostat comes with smart sensors and a crisp touchscreen. It works with remote sensors which you can place in rooms that are too hot or cold, allowing it to teak its settings to ensure that each room is comfortable, not just the area where it’s installed. As an extra bang for your buck, it also has a built-in smart speaker that can play music, relay the news, and control your home’s smart lights. While it doesn’t have the level of intelligence of the Nest Learning Thermostat to design out a schedule, it’s a great option if you have problems with cold spots in the home.
Compatibility: Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa

Honeywell Home T5 Smart Thermostat
This less-expensive smart thermostat offers most of the important features of the other picks. While it can’t sense your presence or determine a schedule, it’s built-in geofencing feature (technology that triggers a response when a mobile device enters or leaves a particular area), allows for useful interactions with other smart-home devices, like triggering lights when you leave the home.
Compatibility: Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Siri, Google Assistant

Mysa Smart Thermostat
Pricey but practical, this is a great option for adding smart controls to electric baseboard heaters, specifically 110-volt electrical heating sources. Mysa uses scheduling, geofencing, and has a smart eco mode to save money while using less energy.
Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, and SmartThings