- On February 28, 2017
Buying a thermostat is about as exciting a shopping experience as buying car tires – always necessary, but not necessarily exciting. However, today’s smart thermostats offer innovations that can make them highly attractive.
Thermostat Features Worth Having
Wi-Fi connectivity ranks as the best new innovation of the past 10 years. A thermostat that can communicate with your smartphone means you never have to wonder about your home’s air quality, temperature and humidity. Besides Wi-Fi connectivity, look for these great features:
Large display screen
Gathers data from multiple home locations
Lockout feature to prevent family members from changing settings
Five Best Thermostat Buys
These five thermostats, all Wi-Fi connected, will help lower your Phoenix home’s energy use year-round.
Nest Learning Thermostat
Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat
Ecobee 3 (2nd Generation) Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor
Honeywell 7-Day Programmable Thermostat with WiFi (Model RTH6580WF)
The third generation has auto-schedule and auto-away modes, plus a furnace heads-up feature alerting you when your furnace short-cycles. Its Farsight feature can detect your presence and responds by lighting up the thermostat to display time and temperature.
This thermostat can email you with alerts, offers a bright, colorful screen and a self-learning mode to match your habits. You do get smartphone control but you get no reporting functions.
Friendly to your budget, easy to use and having many of the same capacities as more expensive devices, the Sensi can use Alexa and an app to give you the same control over your HVAC system as other models. It is a best seller.
One sensor is far from the thermostat in another room and can give you pinpoint accuracy to balance heating and cooling. The same sensor can detect an empty house and reduce cooling and heating to save money, making the Ecobee very energy efficient.
For under $100, you can get Wi-Fi connectivity that is affordable and contains many of the features of more expensive models. The RTH6580WF can be monitored and managed through your smartphone, a PC or a tablet. It provides battery and filter warnings, alerts you to sudden temperature changes and is easy to program on the wall.
Want to Learn More About Smart Thermostats? Contact Howard Air!
For all Wi-Fi thermostats, your Phoenix home may need a C-wire (low-voltage power wire) before the new thermostat can work. This means professional installation by the trained professionals from Howard Air. Contact us today to learn how an innovative thermostat can improve your life and your electric bill.