Why buy a Wifi Thermostat?
Wifi Thermostats promise to impress friends and save home owners money on their monthly utility bills. Sometimes called “smart thermostats”, these wifi enabled thermostats have capabilities far above what a regular thermostat can offer.
Wifi Thermostat Features
- Learn your daily routine and adjust temperatures when you are away/arrive
- Know the weather forecast for your area and adjust your home’s temperature and humidity to prepare for it.
- Adjust your thermostat from your mobile device even when not at home
- Customizes behavior based on how long your home takes to heat/cool
- Saves money while making your house look like it came from the future
Want to Buy a Wifi Thermostat?
Look at these first!
For the homeowner who wants the absolute best available regardless of cost.
- Better at learning than the other smart thermostats
- Provides a .csv file of data for you to geek out about how much money you’re saving in an Excel speadsheet
- Remotely view and control your house’s temperature
- Probably would save you the most money (based on reviewer’s experiences)
- The toughest to setup and may require a technician.
- Most expensive
For the homeowner who appreciates the elegance of simplicity and doesn’t care if it comes at the cost of a few advanced features.
- Simple to setup. Simple to use.
- Best mobile app (Google owns Nest, so it had better!)
- A history of bugs and hardware failures, but most have been fixed.
- No “hold” function…it’s too smart for that! 🙂
- Lacks some of the advanced features for those who want to be more “hands on”
For the homeowner who wants a balance between simplicity and functionality without breaking the bank.
- Best touchscreen
- Nice mobile app
- Many advanced features (alerts, learning), but also relatively easy to use.
- Made by Honeywell who knows a thing or two about thermostats
- Least expensive
- It’s not the most advanced nor simplest.
I can recommend all three of the wifi thermostats above as they lead the pack of current smart thermostats. My personal choice would be to buy the Honeywell wifi thermostat but only because I am value-minded and like the balance between simplicity and advanced features.
I’d love to hear your experiences or buying choices and if you own or buy a wifi thermostat.
Please let me know in the comments below!
Thermostat image by Flickr user midnightcomm
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