Buying a New Smart Thermostat? These Are the Best Models

Smart-thermostat technology keeps getting more brainy all the time. It’s almost hard to keep up with the various model upgrades. At its most basic, smart-thermostat technology refers to a home thermostat with functions remotely controllable by a phone, tablet, smart home speaker, or other internet-linked device. From that platform, however, today’s smart-thermostat technology adds a plethora of features to augment home HVAC control and functionality.

New models are continually being released with more enhancements. Here’s a quick snapshot of smart-thermostat technology currently available from three major brands.

Google Nest Thermostat E

Often mentioned as among the best all-around choices, the Nest Thermostat E provides “learning” functionality to evaluate temperature preferences and the thermal characteristics of your house to make accurate temperature adjustments. It also includes geofencing technology that knows when you leave home and when you’re on your way back so it can adjust temperatures for optimum energy efficiency and comfort.  The Nest Thermostat E works with the most common two-wire HVAC thermostat connections; has a bright, high-contrast display; and is compatible with Google and Alexa smart-home systems.

Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control

Ecobee’s SmartThermostat supports multiple individual room sensors, meaning that system adjustments are computed according to the temperature in rooms that are actually occupied. This more accurately optimizes heating and cooling temperature adjustments versus a single sensor installed at one place inside the house. Ecobee also incorporates an Alexa (Amazon’s home-automation system) speaker to support voice control for all HVAC functions, as well as stream music and podcasts and control other Alexa-compatible devices.

Emerson Sensi Smart Thermostat

A more budget-minded option, Emerson provides most of the benefits of higher-priced, smart-thermostat technology at nearly half the cost. The Sensi supports geofencing and sends text messages about extreme temperatures or humidity conditions in the house, in addition to regular maintenance reminders. It’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri home-automation systems.

Keeping Wabash Valley households comfortable since 1922, the pros at Paitson Bros. can help you sort out today’s latest smart-thermostat technology.

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