Whether you want to control your home's heating and cooling with your phone or your voice, the best smart thermostats offer flexibility and help you cut down on your electricity bills. For reasons like these, thermostats have quickly become one of the most important tech devices people prefer to install in their homes.The best smart thermostats are often able to learn your daily routine, such as when you leave the house and at what time do you go to sleep. But as smart as they are, you can always control them from anywhere in the world using your smartphone. This enables you to adjust temperature room-by-room, and a lot more just with your voice.
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ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat
If you don't have an HVAC accessory to control and aren't interested in your thermostat also being an Alexa device or streaming speaker, then you should go for the ecobee. The ecobee lite is a capable smart thermostat that lets you manually set a schedule, that can be easily done from the device itself or the app. It works with remote sensors and integrates with the rest of ecobee's ecosystem. But if you want all the extras, like room sensors that can detect temperatures in certain spots in your home, you'll have to buy them separately.
The high-quality speaker with built-in Alexa coupled with the intuitive programming and terrific app make the thermostat with voice control well-worth its price tag.
Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat
The Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat offers an easy-to-use interface that provides complete control of home comfort with just a tap, from across the room or across the country. It alerts you when it detects an extreme temperature or the humidity level changes. As existing features are enhanced and new features are released, your thermostat software is kept up-to-date automatically. The large backlit display of the device offers flexible lighting options.
The intuitive app has several video tutorials that make installation and programming tasks a breeze. And, it works with Amazon's Alexa.
Honeywell RCHT8612WF Smart Thermostat
The Honeywell RCHT8612WF Smart Thermostat offers an array of modish features that are impressive. The device is affordable and supports Apple HomeKit and Alexa. This Wi-Fi enabled thermostat typically requires extra power via a type C wire. Many homes lack this wire, so this adapter gives you a simple, low-voltage alternative. It's easy to install and fits discreetly near your heating and cooling system. It comes with a 7-day flexible scheduling or location based temperature control and its Geofence Technology feature helps in making you comfortable by using your smartphone's location to know when you're away and when you return.
It also pushes notifications to remind you to change your filter and warn you of extreme indoor temperatures.
Nest Learning Smart Thermostat
This Nest Thermostat from Google has a distinctive design and look that stands out from the regular rectangular or square touchscreen devices available in the market. Google Nest knows when you're away, so it won't cool or heat an empty house. If you tell it when you usually go to bed, the Nest will make sure the house is at your set temperature by then. It figures out, not just your schedule, but also calculates the time it takes to make your house comfortable.
That said, if you're looking for a top-of-the range system Nest is a good way to go. Plus, with Google behind it, Nest is a good system to invest in if you're planning to build a wider smart home setup.
GoControl Z-Wave Battery-Powered Smart Thermostat
The GoControl Z-Wave Battery-Powered Smart Thermostat offers a unique approach to give you control of your home’s comfort wherever you are. This battery-powered model is designed to be incredibly easy to install and includes a front loading battery compartment to hold 4 AA batteries that are capable of powering the thermostat for up to almost two years. Otherwise, it can be powered by the HVAC systems 24 VAC C wire.
If your home's smart devices are already connected via a Z-wave hub, then the GoControl Z-Wave Battery-Powered Smart Thermostat might be a good way to integrate a thermostat into your automation scheme.
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