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Mysa Thermostat Review: Isn’t It Great When Something Just Works?


Line Voltage Smart Thermostat

4.0/5.0 ★★★★☆


✅ Reliable Wifi Connection
✅ Easy to Schedule
✅ No Extra hubs required
✅ Voice control for all 3 major platforms


❌ No native geofencing
❌ Bare minimum IFTTT implementation
❌ Minimal control from thermostat

Mysa reliably delivers the basics so you can extend your smart home to your line voltage heaters with minimal effort. It offers easy installation and setup without the need for any extra hub. Expect a reliable WiFi connection and a simple, smooth app experience. Advanced features like voice control and IFTTT integration are just icing on the cake.


For the past couple years, I’ve been patiently waiting for a truly smart thermostat to be created for line voltage heaters. People with low-voltage systems have had Nest and ecobee to play with for years, but people with line voltage systems have been left out in the cold.

It’s not that there hasn’t been ANY smart thermostats available for line voltage. There are a few models that have been available for several years. But, I’ve found that they usually fall into one of two categories:

a) attempt to be a full-featured smart thermostat but fail due to terrible connectivity and unusable apps.

b) a nice connected product that does what it’s supposed to but requires a third party hub and lots of user programming.

Since the vast majority of potential buyers are looking for a product that makes their life easier, neither option seems too appealing.

What does sound appealing?

How about a smart thermostat that does the basics really well? Reliable connection, no extra hubs, easy scheduling and zoning.

And perhaps once the basics are in place, some advanced smart features could be added? Voice control, IFTTT, geofencing, energy reports.

Is that too much to ask?…Read More

Line Voltage Smart Thermostats: Yes, They Do Exist

You have electric heat in your place. You probably have multiple thermostats to control that heat. Now you’ve decided it’s time to get those heaters some smart control. Is it even possible without spending hours hacking together a DIY solution? Of course it is. All it will take is a quick read of this article. I’ll fill you in on the latest products available and which ones will fit best in your home.…Read More

Philips Air 1000i: Perfect Purifier For A Small Space

If you’re in the market for a quality air purifier, you might want to check out the Philips brand of purifiers. They make a number of different air purifiers to suit rooms of different sizes and with various additional features. The specific model I’m looking at in this article is the Philips 1000i Connected Air Purifier.

It’s attractive, portable, and it’s a smart WiFi enabled air purifier with True HEPA. It works surprisingly well with the free Air Matters app on a phone or tablet. As an air cleaner, it does an excellent job of reducing pollen, allergens, dust mites, mold, pet dander, odors and gases* and this model is recommended for bedrooms up to about 200 square feet.…Read More

Bond Home Review: Smart Control For Up To 6 Ceiling Fans And More

Once you’ve used smart home technology on a single appliance, and you’ve experienced the ultimate in “easy living” – you tend to get a little spoiled. Naturally, you want to use it more often, on more things. And you begin looking for opportunities.

While the possibilities seem endless, we are still in the early days of smart home technology. Thankfully, there are companies like Olibra – who are on the cutting edge in this emerging field.  What they have now is just the beginning of what is to come.

What they have already developed and made available to customers is a device called Bond (as in- James Bond, perhaps?) which converts your ceiling fans and electric and gas fireplaces into smart appliances you can control and monitor from your phone.…Read More

4 Wifi Thermostats For Electric Floor Heat

You’ve probably heard of people saving money using smart thermostats. However, most of the hugely popular thermostats like Nest or ecobee are not for use in high voltage applications like under floor heat. Fortunately, there are some smart thermostats available for electric floor heat. They just don’t get the same amount of press as the bigger names.

In this article, I’ll take a little time to explain what thermostats made specifically for electric floor heat can be used for and what they can’t be used for. Then, I’ll list a few of the models available for purchase in the US along with a brief description of how they might fit into your smart home.  …Read More

Best Smart Thermostat 2018: Which One Is Best For Your Home?

A thermostat is not something you want to replace every couple years, let alone after a couple months. And yet, if you scroll through reviews on Amazon, you’ll find tons of people that sent back their smart thermostats after a very short time. Don’t worry! You don’t need to be THAT person. There’s several really great smart thermostats on the market and millions of satisfied owners.

The best smart thermostat needs to be reliable, easy to use, and require minimal input from you. Keep reading and I’ll help you find the one that’s best for you.…Read More

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