The holiday shopping season is coming rapidly to a close, and many people are scrambling to find the perfect last-minute gifts for their loved ones. Does your list have a homeowner on it? If so, one of the lesser-considered gifts is a smart thermostat. These devices can help keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, while lowering their energy consumption, and saving them money on their monthly energy bills. The great news: many of these are readily available at your local home improvement store. Here are the top options for smart thermostats.
Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat
The Ecobee3 is a popular learning smart thermostat that learns your tendencies and comfort levels at various times throughout the day, and can adjust and turn your climate system on and off based on your routines, whether or not anyone is home, outside temperatures, and more. The promise made by the Ecobee3 is that it will lower your energy bills by making smarter decisions on how to adjust the temperature in your home. This is one of the pricier options, however, as it retails for over $220.
Honeywell Smart Thermostats
Honeywell is unique in that they have two different models that have been highly regarded through consumer and professional reviews. The Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat has a bright, colorful screen, an excellent, easy-to-use interface, and a ton of features, including the ability to program an up to seven-day schedule, down to the hour. You can also control it from your smartphone or tablet thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity. It runs about $180 in price.
The second Honeywell option the Z-Wave Enabled programmable thermostat. This device can control nearly every aspect of your home, including lighting and appliances in addition to your heating and cooling systems, so long as they are also Z-Wave enabled. This thermostat has Wi-Fi installed, like its counterparts on this list, so it can easily be controlled from your tablet or smartphone. This one runs about $140.
Nest Learning Thermostat
This is the undisputed king of the smart thermostat market at the moment in terms of sales. The Nest learns your tendencies, such as when you are home, when you are away, and when to turn on and off, based on your adjustments. Essentially, the Nest pioneered the idea of the smart thermostat and set the standard that everyone else is now attempting to follow. The user interface is easy to use, the algorithms are intelligent, and the energy savings are tremendous, with some users saying the Nest paid for itself within roughly a year or two. However, the newest model runs about $250.
If you need assistance with your home’s thermostat, including installing a new system, our northern Virginia HVAC company can assist you with professional service at reasonable prices. Donmar Heating & Cooling has served homeowners throughout northern Virginia and Maryland since 1990, providing reliable and professional service with NATE Certified technicians. We offer flexible financing programs for qualifying customers as well as flat-rate fees to help you improve your home on your budget.Call Donmar Heating & Cooling today at (703) 457-8676 to schedule an appointment for your home!