✅ 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
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
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
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
So you’re looking to welcome a fancy new smart thermostat into your home but you’re not quite sure which to choose? The ecobee4 and Nest 3rd Gen. are widely considered the best two smart thermostats available. Read just about any smart thermostat review and you’ll repeatedly see these two come out on top. So how do you decide which one is the better buy?…Read More
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
UPDATE: I originally wrote this tutorial for use with the ecobee3 smart thermostat. However, the same general process can be used to setup geofencing for any smart home product that has an IFTTT channel. Just follow this tutorial and wherever I mention “ecobee3” just replace it with your product.
The Ecobee3 is great, but the smart home/away feature leaves a bit to be desired. It uses motion sensors placed in the Ecobee3 (see on Amazon) and its satellite sensors to determine whether your house is occupied or not. Unfortunately, there are several limitations with using only motion sensors as your home/away sensors:…Read More
The Ecobee3 remote sensors give the Ecobee3 thermostat a unique advantage over its competitors. You can set up these little satellite sensors anywhere in your home to give the Ecobee3 more knowledge of temperature and activity in your home. You’ll have to do a little bit of setup to tell the Ecobee3 exactly how to use this information to keep you comfortable, but it’s not too difficult and should only take a few minutes. Let’s get started!…Read More
If you’re thinking about buying a smart thermostat, it’s a good idea to check with your gas or electric provider first. Many power companies offer cash back rebates when you buy certain models of energy saving thermostats. I’ve started compiling a list of all the available rebates in the table below.…Read More
Heating and cooling costs make up 50% of the average household energy bill. A few smart home devices can help you take a big chunk out of that. Install the right devices, and you’ll end up with a greener home and a lower monthly energy bill. Next, I am going to tell you about four smart home products that can combine to reduce your monthly heating and cooling bill by about 34% and sometimes much more.
The Wiser Air is a smart thermostat that can talk to your smart meter. It will allow energy customers to more effectively manage their energy usage to save as much money as possible. It will also allow energy providers to better anticipate demand and more easily offer incentives for reducing usage during periods of high demand. That’s the plan anyway.…Read More