Want to make sure your home is warm and cozy when you get home, even on the coldest days of the year? A smart thermostat will make your life more convenient, and it'll save you money on your electric bill. There are several smart thermostats available for various types of home heating systems, which you can control from your app, or set it and forget it.
Benefits of smart thermostats
1. Control your home from your phone
While a regular thermostat acts like a fixed control panel for your heating and cooling system at home, a smart thermostat connects to your wifi network and allows you to control the climate remotely on your smartphone or computer. Not going home after work? No problem, use your smartphone to quickly switch between pre-set "At home" to "Away" so the heat doesn't turn on when nobody’s home.
2. My smart thermostat just gets me
Some smart thermostats amp up the convenience with advanced features, like displaying real-time consumption or automatically adjusting based on humidity. Some can even learn your habits and adapt the settings to suit them. These sophisticated learning thermostats often rely on built-in sensors to track activity in different rooms and then create a customized temperature schedule that adjusts automatically based on your movements in the home.
Considerations when choosing a smart thermostat
Know your home heating system
Determine which type of thermostat is best suited to your home's heating system, whether it's a centralized forced-air system, electric baseboards or otherwise.
Some low-voltage smart thermostats designed to work with central forced-air heating systems include:
Some line-voltage smart thermostats designed to work for electrically heated homes include:
Choose a product with a brand name you trust. It should have ongoing product support for good longevity, and robust data protection and privacy policies in place.
Sync with other smart home products
Smart thermostats also have the unique advantage of syncing with other wifi-connected home automation systems such as:
LED light bulbs
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
This means you'll want to ensure that your smart thermostat is compatible with a smart home control hub or any smart products that you already have.