With the recent introduction of the 3rd generation Nest Thermostat, Nest Labs has started heating up the smart thermostat market—again. After all, the this latest Nest Thermostat: can make all of those temperature adjustments easier, as well as a lot more high-tech.
However, the Nest Thermostat isn’t the only smart thermostat out there.
Today, there are several smart thermostat options. Each one connects to your home network, so you can tap into temperature controls from almost anywhere in the world. These types of products also allow you to create schedules, so you won’t have to worry about the: AC or heat running all day.
According to Nest Labs, the Nest Thermostat can save users: 10 to 12 percent on their heating bills and about 15 percent on their cooling bills. However, saving money isn’t the only reason to get a smart thermostat. (It’s certainly one of the best, though.) When compared to older thermostats,: smart thermostats have an updated look, as well as updated features. In fact, many of today’s smart thermostats can provide: weather forecasts and alerts, “learn” about your heating and cooling patterns, know when someone is home, and more.
With so many options: out there, the buying process can get a little confusing. Want: to know specifically what you should be thinking about when buying a smart thermostat? Here are 5 things to consider:
1. Pro Versus DIY. Are you going to install this thing by yourself? You won’t find every type of smart thermostat down at your local home improvement store. Even more importantly, before you make a big hole (or two) in the wall, make sure that you have the equipment and knowledge to complete the installation.
2. Technology Types. Some smart thermostats will connect to your existing wireless network quite easily. However, not every smart thermostat works with WiFi. Have the proper technology and equipment in place to: back up that new thermostat purchase. For instance, Z-Wave-capable thermostats will require some type of smart home hub.
3. Does It Play Nice? Is this advanced thermostat going to be part of a larger home control setup? Make sure your thermostat is compatible with the other electronics currently in your home, as well as any: devices you want to add in the near future.
4. Mobile Access. The hook on having a smart thermostat is mobile access. All of them have it. However, not every smart thermostat works with every type of mobile device. Some thermostats only have an iOS app, while others are strictly for Android users. Many options have apps for both platforms, but if you have a BlackBerry, your choices may be more limited.: It’s important to know that your: thermostat works with your particular smartphone or tablet.
5. The Extras. “Learning,” vacation modes, geofencing, sensors and monthly reports; if you don’t know what these things are, you should. Some of these features may be more important to you than others. Know what features you’re most interested in and how you plan to: use them before you buy.
Now that you know what to look for, get ready to start shopping! Check out our article on “5 Smart WiFi Thermostats to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient.”