Tech Tuesday: Smart Thermostats
A smart thermostat is the perfect first step towards making your home smart. These devices add a host of features beyond just controlling the temperature from a smartphone. From wireless sensors to automatic programming, they are all sure to help you stay comfortable year round and help trim utility bills, too.
With a modern look inspired by the same engineers that helped design the first iPod, the Nest is all about smart energy savings and automatic programming. It learns from your temperature settings and when the house is empty to make a personalized schedule. The Nest Leaf helps you choose energy-friendly temperatures along the way.
The Ecobee is for those who want something “smart”, but still want plenty of control. Ecobee includes one remote sensor (with more available for purchase) to monitor temperature, humidity and occupancy. They are perfect for balancing the climate throughout a home or prioritizing just one room. Ecobee also provides detailed usage history and works with auxiliary fans, humidifiers and heat pumps for maximum flexibility.
Sensi comes with 125 years of experience from the leading HVAC experts at Emerson. It offers the smart connectivity expected in a modern device, with an easy-to-use traditional interface, simple installation that works with older homes and an attractive price. Sensi also works with Wink, a complete smart home system that will be mentioned throughout this series.
Designed by Quirky and GE, Aros is perfect for smaller homes and apartments that need an energy conscious window mounted air conditioner. Aros keeps a daily budget of energy usage, showing you in real dollars the cost of climate control. By using GPS, your smartphone can tell Aros when you are out of the house to save energy, or on your way back to set the perfect temperature.