Smart thermostats…saving dollars by playing it smart

By far, the largest cost in the modern home is heating and cooling. Sadly, the biggest point of argument in any house usually is also heating in cooling. Someone is usually always too hot or too cold. Though you cannot please everyone, with smart thermostats you can at least improve your bottom line.

Smart thermostats have opened up doors that will give homeowners more control. From apps that allow for remote access to systems that can automatically adjust to outside temperatures and time of day, the future looks bright

Here are five smart thermostats that any DIY home automation system could benefit from

The Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat

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Ecobee 3 Smart Thermostat supports Apple’s Homekit


to start off with smart thermostats, Ecobee 3 is wifi enabled and uses remote sensors to improve motion control around the house. These sensors help it to determine whether the homeowners are really not at home our just in one room asleep.¬† Ecobee claims to learn from your habits and coupled with its sensors, able to adjust heat and cold to save you money while maximizing comfort around the home. Even better, Ecobee is designed to support Apple’s home kit.

The Nest Learning Thermostat

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Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest learns about your habits. The thermostat learns your habits and temperature preferences. It knows when you are home, and when you are awake. Once installed, you can control it via touch or downloadable app. After a short period, Nest learns from your habits and you no longer will need to make any adjustments. Nest will make temperature changes that will save you time and money based on your habits and preferences.

Sensi Wi-Fi Smart Programmable Thermostat

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Sensi by Emerson

Up next is the Sensi Smart Thermostat by Emerson. Even though this smart thermostat does not learn how to predict your comings and goings and adjust itself accordingly like the last two, it has some amazing features on its own. Sensi is remarkably easy to install and runs on AA batteries so connecting it directly to the house power grid is not necessary.

As stated earlier, it does not learn from your preferences, so you must set the temp yourself. However, you do have the option to do it via the mobile app.

Honeywell Z-Wave Enabled Programmable Thermostat

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Honeywell Smart Thermostats that integrates with z wave platforms

Then we have the Z wave compatible smart thermostat from Honeywell. This thermostat specifically may look a little spartan, but it has tons of programmable features, including a simple interface that makes adjusting the temperature on a 7-day schedule easy, the option to get messages from other HVAC equipment, and more.

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

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Wifi smart thermostat Honeywell


With a bright, attractive screen, this wifi smart thermostat from Honey well gives you the full monty. It offers you the ability to program up to 7 days of settings and the ability of the thermostat to learn from your habits to make adjustments and act accordingly. One added bonus feature is this thermostat will alert you when there is an extreme temperature change or when the filter needs changing. Even better, the thermostat will alert you to possible damage to the heater or AC to allow you to head off expensive repair bills.

Smart Thermostats, the hot and cold facts

Everyone wants to live in the highest possible comfort with the least amount of cost. Lst’s face it, high heating bills is akin to tossing cash on the fire. No one likes that. That makes smart thermostats a worthy investment for the Home Automation fan.

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