Best Smart Heating Thermostats
Choosing the best smart thermostat for your home will not only save you money but will also reduce your carbon footprint. There are a variety of smart thermostats on the market today and choosing the best one for your home and heating system is essential if you want your central heating system to operate as efficiently as possible.
The latest smart thermostats are a vast improvement on the conventional, and outdated, way of adjusting heat and air conditioning in your home. Different smart thermostat models can do different things, but all of them are focused on their basic purpose of is heating and cooling your home efficiently.
If you’ve got internet connection, some can be controlled from anywhere. Some of them can learn your preferences and set them for you, with a variety of features each smart thermostat is unique, with all their significant merits.Want to upgrade your home with a smart thermostat? We have reviewed 5 of the best smart Thermostats on the market today
1) Nest Learning Thermosta
The most well-known and, in our opinion, best smart thermostat is Nest. It’s sleek aesthetic, excellent features and ease of use are the primary make the Nest our preferred choice and the unit we are most likely to recommend to our clients.
Why is Nest the best smart thermostat?
- Easy to use
- Relative affordability
- Innovative ability to self-program
This smart device can actually learn and remember, when you want your home temperature raised and lowered, and then takes over the job. Moreover, it’s compatible with all sorts of other apps and systems used in your home, for example, August Locks and Mercedes-Benz automobiles. Unfortunately, however, Nest cannot work with Apple home kit. The second generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat with cost you around £179 minus installation.
- Auto-schedule and auto-away functionality, as well as true radiant.
- Learn how your home heats and cools so it can be at the right temperature at the right time.
- Access through your corresponding app to change schedule
- Attractive, minimal design that coordinates with your home’s decór.
- The whole set-up is east to use.
The biggest weakness of Nest Thermostat is that, as it has no external sensors, it’s hard to keep temperatures steady, if your home heats and cools unevenly in different rooms.
2) Hive Active Heating 2
Hive Active Heating is a v2.0 of a product by British Gas, available only in the UK. Though the price approaches the high end of the range at £249. However, an upgrade from the older first version, is just £99.
- Can be easily adjusted from anywhere with the corresponding app or web tool.
- Has just a few buttons and a dial to control an LED display.
- No touchscreen, but has an attractive interface that is very easy to use without that type of interaction.
- It’s got geo-fencing, which enable you to set a home and away temperature, totally dependent on your location.
- The app can also notify you if the heat is mistakenly turned up with no one at home.
- Frost protection to keep the temperature low for an extended period of time.
- Can also work with your water heater to make that more efficient too.
There’s no learning capability, which may be a drawback, though it is easy enough to change the temperature if you remember to do so. Hive2 can also support zone heating, but only if the radiators are already set up that way.
3) Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat
A little less known than Nest, Ecobee3 smart thermostat is very similar to Nest. Priced almost £100 less than the Nest, the Ecobee3 offers some significant advantages over it’s more popular counterpart.
- Sophisticated interface that gives you temperature controls, shows weather and more with just a few taps.
- Starter kit comes with one external temperature sensor, you can also purchase others to add to your configuration.
- Can be controlled via smart phone app.
- Smart and compact design.
Although, it has some user gripes about the app’s instability, plus, it needs a lot of power to run. Also, has problems with older homes with older wiring. However, Ecobee3 smart thermostat is a great system to use in larger and newer homes and surprisingly it’s very affordable.
4) Tado Smart Thermostat
The unique selling point of Tado Smart is the ThermostatGeoFencing Technology. It syncs with it’s smartphone app and accordingly lowers the heat when you leave. Moreover, when you approach hone after work, shopping, or anything else, it warms up the house to get the right temperature when you walk through the door. This is a great feature, as long as you have your phone with you while leaving and approaching your house.
- Equipped with ThermostatGeoFencing Technology.
- Monitors the weather and daylight and warms up your home from the sunlight.
- Saves energy and money.
- Works with most HVAC units.
- Pristine white appearance to match any decór.
- Manufacturers claim that it can save you over 30% on your heating bills.
- The Tado app shows you how much you spend on heating your home per day, in graphic format.
The Tado Smart Thermostat will cost you almost £199, without installation. Although, if you aren’t ready yet to shell out two thousand pounds, the company lets you rent one one for just £7.99 per month.
5) Honeywell Lyric
At first glance, you might confuse the Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat with the Nest. The design is strangely alike: shiny round, and with a large data display. It’s functionality is also almost similar to the Nest one, though they have some differences too.
- Includes buttons to bring up a weather forecast, as well as a button to let the system know you’ll be leaving the house.
- Includes a proximity sensor to take the display from idle to full brightness when you get closer.
- GeoFencing technology can be set up to let it know when you’re out of the house.
- Works exclusively on proximity.
- it can also detect when the last person has left for the day, if you have multiple peopke.
The Lyric will cost you around £200. Installation is fairly simple as it needs only basic wiring knowledge. You can also have an HVAC professional take care of the job. Lyric is an apple partner and works with Apple HomeKit. For a more robust smart thermostat by Honeywell, you can also check out the EvoHome model.
If you are considering buying and installing a smart thermostat in your home why not give us a call and speak to one of our friendly team now. We can help with a wide range of energy efficiency services to save your energy and money in the long run!