Thermostats are now smart – but which one to choose? Hard to know. So, we’ve created this guide to give you some insight into what to look for.
Consider The Level Of Control That You Require
One of the first things that you need to decide when you begin shopping for a smart thermostat is the level of control that you need. Whole-house thermostats are the most basic option. These thermostats allow you to control all of the radiators in your home with a single setting. As a result, they are easy to program and operate.
Multi-room thermostats, on the other hand, provide you with more control by allowing you to set different temperatures for different parts of your home. This can be a good option if some areas of your house are typically a lot hotter or colder than others.
If you like the idea of having more control, a multi-room system is the logical choice. Keep in mind, however, that these thermostats are more complicated to operate than whole-house thermostats. Additionally, they are usually quite a bit more expensive.
Consider How Difficult the Thermostat Is To Install
If you are installing a brand-new thermostat from scratch, you most likely will need professional help. If you already have a thermostat in place, however, you may be able to upgrade to a new model on your own without needing outside assistance.
Some thermostats are specifically designed to be easy to install. Going with one of these models is a great way to cut down on the overall expense. Being able to install the thermostat yourself can save you a significant amount of money on labor. Be aware, however, that working with wiring can be dangerous. If you have any doubts about your ability to do the job safely, you should hire a contractor instead.
Think About Connectivity
Many of today’s smart thermostats use Wi-Fi to connect to your network. Others have a special attachment that is connected directly to your router through a standard ethernet cable. Depending on your setup, this may or may not work. Before you purchase a thermostat the relies on an ethernet connection, check your router to make sure that you have an open socket. Otherwise, the installation process may be too expensive or difficult to justify the purchase.
Consider Whether The Thermostat Has Energy-Saving Features
There is no point in paying to heat your home when you are not there. Many smart thermostats are capable of detecting when there is no one home. In some cases, they accomplish this by linking with your smartphone to detect its location. Although this works well if you live alone, if you live with other people, you may need to add them to the system, as well. Otherwise, they may find themselves freezing if the thermostat automatically turns down the temperature just because you are away. In some cases, thermostats come with a motion detector that allows them to keep the home heated even if the main user doesn’t happen to be home at the time. Some of these thermostats even work with these fireplaces from Ethanol Fireplace Pros.
Look For A Thermostat With Voice Controls
Today’s smart thermostats typically offer some kind of voice control feature. This is an extremely convenient option since it allows you to adjust the temperature in the room even if you don’t have access to your smartphone or if you don’t feel like getting up and walking over to the thermostat. Just make sure that the thermostat is compatible with whichever voice system you choose. Amazon Alexa is the most commonly supported option. Finding a thermostat that will work with Siri and Google Home may be a little bit more difficult.
If you use an IFTTT service, make sure that the thermostat will connect to it. Even though this may not be the most important feature, it is a convenient way to control your thermostat. It can also be used to change heating schedules or to program changes for upcoming events.