With a smart home thermostat, you get way more than just total remote control over your thermostat — you get peace of mind that only a smart thermostat can offer. Over the last few decades, thermostats have gotten smarter and smarter. A standard thermostat was upgraded to a programmable thermostat, and now it’s been transformed into a smart thermostat. And while programmable thermostats made your energy consumption more efficient, they still don’t offer nearly as much as smart thermostats can offer.
Smart thermostats adapt to change. Staying late at work, meeting friends for a night out, or having an impromptu weekend trip to the lake — whatever you do, your smart thermostat can work with you to help you save money on energy bills. Just open your smart thermostat app and adjust the “away” mode remotely. It’s that simple.
Smart thermostats also bring comfort to your life. Turn the thermostat on in advance from the app to come back to a warm and welcoming home during those cold winter days, or a nice and cool home on humid summer days.
What Makes a Good Thermostat?
All smart thermostats offer remote control, and each smart thermostat has their own unique features that make them stand out from others. For example, the Nest Learning Thermostat automatically adapts to your lifestyle. It’ll analyze and learn your temperature habits for a week and then will create a custom schedule based on your preferences — The future has arrived, a little scary, but very smart at the same time. Another example is the ecobee4, which has Amazon Alexa already built in. This is the only thermostat (as of now) that features Amazon Alexa voice control. So, you can save on not buying the Echo separately.
But what really makes a good smart home thermostat? The answer to this question will vary from person to person. And whether it’s lower price, built-in Alexa, or smart custom scheduling that makes a thermostat “good,” you’ll definitely find the one that will have what you’re looking for. Check out our chart below for a quick comparison overview.
Our Favorite Thermostat
We love ecobee thermostats. Why ecobee? They give you the choice of picking the right thermostat for your needs, no matter the situation:
• Want a solid budget option? — ecobee3 lite
• Want even heating/cooling distribution? — ecobee3
• Want for Amazon Alexa (voice control) built-in? — ecobee4.
All three thermostats offer smart home temperature control at your fingertips. They integrate easily with other smart home products and work with Smartthings and Wink hubs. Plus, all three ecobee thermostats work with ecobee room sensors that help the thermostats distribute heat/cold air evenly between rooms that matter. And, you’ll get monthly reports with recommendations on how to make your ecobee thermostat use more efficient.
Even though the smart home floor at CES was thoroughly wrapped around home security and wellness products, there are still a few smart home thermostats that were introduced for 2018.
The new thermostats come with dashing design solutions and remarkable voice control options. Is that enough to move Nest, ecobee, and Honeywell from the top of the mountain? Maybe not, however let’s take a closer look at the new thermostats to see what they have to offer.
Alarm.com Smart Thermostat
Alarm.com announced a new thermostat that can help you maintain a healthy home environment. Besides energy-saving capabilities, the thermostat can detect if there’s something wrong with your HVAC system and notify you at the first sign of trouble.
How will it know about potential threads? The thermostat uses remote sensors to read the temperature and humidity levels. This way it’ll distribute the heat/cold evenly between the rooms while also alerting you about above-average humidity levels that could cause mold. It’ll also notify you about dangerously low winter temperatures that can often lead to frozen and burst water pipes.
The thermostat is sold as part of the Alarm.com smart home package of products, so it’ll use all the security sensors around the home to respond to different activities and conditions.
Being able to control your home environment with your voice, and even have a house that reacts to your whims automatically (while saving on energy costs!) is now a possibility that’s accessible to most everyone. Most people just think of devices like Amazon Alexa or Google Home when it comes to home automation, but there are a surprising amount of products that interface well with these voice controllers and add a lot of functionality, convenience, and even savings to running your home.
One important device to consider when outfitting your home with smart tech is a smart thermostat. These products offer a large amount of control over the temperature of your home, and can even save lots of money over time with the increased energy efficiency that most models provide.
In this comparison, we’ll be taking a look at the Sensi vs. Nest Learning Thermostat to try to give you a sense of which product will work best for you. Let’s get into it!
The utility of a smart home can extend far beyond comfort, and actually save homeowners money in the long run. For a small initial investment, a smart thermostat can go a long way towards some serious savings on your monthly energy bill. There are several features that can accomplish this goal, and one of the most exciting is the idea of “geofencing”.
This article focuses on a comparison of the Honeywell Lyric T5 and the Nest Learning Thermostat — two devices that feature the technology to adjust temperature control on the fly. With the ability for schedule planning or reactive adaptation, both thermostats offer a truly “hands-off” experience that offers optimal comfort and great savings.
Below, we’ll go over some of the key differences and try to give you a sense of which product is right for you and your lifestyle. Let’s get started!
As technology continues to advance, so too do the applications of “smart” devices. It’s now more realistic than ever before to build a house that’s totally automated and anticipates your whims. Light bulbs that react to your presence, security systems that provide real-time updates, and smart hubs to control each aspect of your home environment make for the ultimate in comfort and convenience.
Smart homes had a reputation for being relatively expensive, but are now getting more and more affordable. Though there’s a decent amount of setup involved to achieve a comfortable level of automation and convenience, the setup is well worth the cost. And automating your home may actually save you money in the long run. Which brings us to smart thermostats.
We’re going to look at two popular smart thermostats: the Honeywell Smart Thermostat and the Nest. We’ll take a look at the major differences, and try to give you a sense of which device is right for your needs. So, let’s get into it!
When considering a new thermostat to add to your home, there are a lot of different aspects to consider. Do you go with a traditional thermostat? Their upfront cost is a lot lower, and we’ve all used these devices for years. But in 2017, there are many more options available that take advantage of the recent progress in smart technology. While these thermostats may look more expensive up front, they can often save homeowners significant amounts of money on heating and cooling bills over the course of the product’s lifetime.
After just a few months, these smart thermostats will often pay for themselves. Add to that the convenience of smart home integration, and you have a recipe for an automated and more efficient home.
So, let’s take a look at two popular devices: the Nest E vs. the ecobee4. Both of these products have their advantages and disadvantages, and by the end of this article you’ll have a much better sense of which thermostat works best for your home and your lifestyle.
There are so many smart thermostats that it’s difficult to know where to start when researching and comparing them. Today, we’ll be taking a look at two popular thermostat models: The Nest E vs. ecobee3 lite.
There’s differences in display, power options, smart home integration, and more. So, let’s go over the main differences and try to give you a sense of which model is right for you!
As of September, Nest has released a brand new thermostat: the Nest E. And with its release have come a lot of questions, mainly, “What’s the difference between the Nest and Nest E?” To keep it short, the main differences are that the Nest E has a lighter price tag, a few less features/connectivity, a little less choice in cosmetics, and is a little smaller in comparison to the Nest Learning Thermostat. So, you could probably leave the article now if you just wanted to be someone in the know. However, if you’re looking to decide which one to get, we’d suggest reading about the differences below.
Honeywell has been providing thermostat solutions for residential and commercial applications for over 100 years. Two of its latest releases, the Lyric T5 and Lyric T6 Pro, are incredibly similar. They’re so alike that it’s nearly impossible to find anything online about the differences between the two. So, we did some research and have put together all the differences we could find between the Lyric T5 vs. Lyric T6 Pro thermostats.
As of May 2017, Ecobee has moved on from the ecobee3 thermostat, and has released the all-new ecobee4 thermostat. And now that Nest has become a household name, we felt the need to compare these three smart thermostats to find out the differences between them. So, let’s compare ecobee3 vs. ecobee4 vs. Nest to help you choose the right smart thermostat for your smart home.
Note: As of March 2017, ecobee updated the ecobee3 lite to work with room sensors, leaving very few differences between the ecobee3 and the ecobee3 lite. Yet, there are a few key features that separate them. Basically, the ecobee3 lite is just a lighter version of ecobee3; it supports almost all the features the ecobee3 does and costs a little bit less than ecobee3. The two versions of the smart thermostat are nearly identical, so let’s go over the features that separate the ecobee3 lite vs. ecobee3.