Gadgets to keep your home cozy while keeping electricity bills low

Technology to Keep Your Home Cozy This Winter

By Anita Bhatt

The smart thermostat category helped kick-start the whole smart home industry, and in 2019 you’ve got a host of options to pick from, ready to meet any scenario and budget.

In this post we’ll guide you towards the best smart thermostat for your home needs: ready to be operated from your phone or your computer, learning every moment the temperature settings in your home to save energy, and working in tandem with other bits of smart home kit.

We’ve also included some advice for what to look out for when shopping for the best smart thermostat, so you can be confident in getting the right climate adjuster for your particular smart home setup. As always at epmwise, we strive our best to provide our readers informed opinions to help them make wise choices.

1. Important factors to consider

There are a number of important factors that must be considered in order to select the most appropriate from so many of them who are very much similar to each other. Let’s take a look as what are these factors

  1. Compatibility with other smart home solution such as Google, Amazon, Apple etc.
  2. Checking with your energy company to see if any smart thermostat deals are available
  3. Ecosystem in terms of Apps and mobility based on your preference
  4. Ease of use, this is very important in case you have family members who might want simplicity and intuitive means to operate the thermostat.

Our Top 3 picks

1. Nest Thermostat 

Nest E is the affordable smart thermostat that’s a prime choice for most customers if you have a budding smart home. You can control the temperature with your smartphone and tablet, or have it auto-adjust based on your proximity to home. The display isn’t as good as the 3rd Gen Nest Thermostat and since it comes from the google, it means it has mobility all around including App, Wifi, Google Home, remote management.

It has a motion sensor on screen. It only uses it to dim the screen when no one is present in room. Nest has the Alexa integration that makes it controlled remotely.

2. The ecobe on e3 Lite Smart Thermostat

Ecobee 3 thermostat is fairly easy to install & ecobee has great tech support so far. This thermostat can setup more automatic like the Nest. Also it provides a lot of manual configuration if you want it. Depending on your power source heat or gas, you can chose that works best for you. This setup however is simple with Nest but a bit more complicated with Ecobee.

Ecobee knows what room you are in and adjusts the temperature accordingly. It’s like magic if you have not explored it before and if this is your first time using this feature. On the other hand Nest only allows you to use it’s sensors based on a specific time schedule. Ecobee supports Apple Siri along with Alexa and IFTTT.

You have the option of buying this device with voice commands capabilities

The stats data is awesome and much more detailed than Nest stats. Ecobee has detailed run times for stages, fan, heat, cool, aux, wifi etc. Also has humidity, sensor, weather impact etc.

Only negatives that our research team could gather about some issues are there for Ecobee as it has reported to have with variable speed units.
The installation is difficult at times

3. Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat

It was named as the ‘Best Overall’ smart thermostat of 2018 by USA Today’s Sensi Multiple Thermostat Manager lets you remotely monitor and control all your Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostats in one easy to use and on an intuitive screen.

As a Wi-Fi Thermostat features an HD touchscreen color display and integrates directly with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Wink smart home platformsSensi manager, allows you to create and manage multiple thermostats groups in one portal and batch update thermostat settings including temperature, flexible scheduling, keypad lockout, fan, mode and setpoints.

This offering from Sensitouchhelps you save money on your HVAC related energy costs with features like remote access, flexible scheduling and geofencing.

Image: Emerson

4. Final Verdict

It is much more useful to have a WiFi enabled and voice enabled thermostat based on the house architecture and the specific use case you have. Ultimately choice of a modern day thermostat boils down to 3 things essentially:

  1. Lifestyle choices that includes other related ecosystem
  2. Your ability to navigate nuances, as, let’s agree, it is an evolving field and things are not matured yet at that level.
  3. Your focus to have a smart and well connected home

In terms of ease of use, Nest certainly gives you the flexibility and assurance of google ecosystem. Based on our research, Nest stand out well, thanks to the billion dollar valuation by google who eventually plans to make it central to google smart home. We would love to hear from you about your experiences with your thermostat.

Please share with our readers about your journey towards a smart and connected home.

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