When people think of air conditioning or HVAC, they most likely think of that big piece of machinery that sits outside their home (the condenser). But the truth is that your home comfort is down to a whole system of moving parts – including both new era electronics and old-fashioned machinery. And while having a reliable condenser is important, there are many other parts to your HVAC that are equally valuable.
And that most certainly includes your thermostat.
The latest generation of smart thermostats are truly impressive. No longer simple dials on the wall, these modern, smart thermostats have the same calculating/artificial brain power of a computer. And they not only keep your home running at full comfort with ease, they can also monitor energy output and thus help you keep a lid on your HVAC’s energy expenditure – thus keeping your utility costs as low as possible.
So, no matter if your HVAC is running just fine but is a bit outdated or you are looking at installing a new air conditioning and heating system, it is worth looking at what a smart thermostat can offer in terms of comfort and savings.
With that in mind, let’s look at some of best smart thermostats of 2022 and see just what they have to offer.
Best Smart Thermostats
Several trusted and long-serving publications have offered their takes on the thermostat market in 2022. And a look at these lists reveals plenty of repetition. In other words, there is much to recommend some of these brands/models.
Begun in 1982, PC Magazine has long been a leader in informative and evaluative articles on modern technology. Now an online publication, PCMag.com continues to offer plenty of information on the latest advancements in tech – including a recent piece on smart thermostats. In this article, PC Mag judges and evaluates the best smart thermostats of 2022 and comes to some interesting conclusions.
The Ecobee Smart Thermostat
The publication’s choice for top overall pick is the Ecobee Smart Thermostat with voice control, with this to say about it:
“The new Ecobee Smart Thermostat With Voice Control ($249) is the company’s fifth-generation model, and as is the case with each Ecobee release, this new model offers more features than its predecessor, the Ecobee4. Enhanced Alexa and multimedia support, more powerful audio components, and dual-band Wi-Fi are just a few examples of what this thermostat has to offer. Throw in a user-friendly app, lots of third-party support, and an easy installation process, and you’ve got our new Editors’ Choice for smart thermostats.”
Several other smart thermostats received praise in the article, including:
- Best for automatic temperature settings – Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation)
- Most affordable – Nest thermostat
- Best thermostat under $100 – Wyze thermostat
- Best for multiple rooms – Honeywell Home T9 Smart Thermostat with Sensor
- Best for electric heating systems – Sinope TH1123WF Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat
It is clear from the article that the editors/writers went through an exhaustive process in testing a massive number of products, and they were impressed by the Ecobee’s array of offerings, as well as its simplicity and ease of use.
And they were not the only ones.
The New York Times and writer Jennifer Pattison Tuohy also went through an impressive endeavor in testing the latest generation of smart thermostats. In fact, she says in the piece that she’s, “spent the past eight years testing smart thermostats in my home, installing and uninstalling more than two dozen of these climate controllers.” So, it’s clear she’s gotten to know many of these smart thermostats firsthand and understand just what they can provide. And she’s always on the lookout for products that offer not only plenty of intelligence but also provide users with budget-consciousness.
And in her testing, Tuohy notes that her choice for “The most versatile smart thermostat” is Ecobee’s SmartThermostat.
The Ecobee, “comes with smarter sensors, a sleek glass touchscreen, and a decent built-in smart speaker. It works with most smart-home platforms, including Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa.”
The New York Times article also notes that Google’s Nest Learning thermostat is it’s choice for the top smart thermostat, while the Honeywell Home T5 Smart Thermostat offers the best budget option.
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Ecobee Smart Thermostat Features and Installation
That said, it is clear that Ecobee has made an impression across the user spectrum. And we here at Zone could not agree more.
Every day we install and rely on Ecobee smart thermostats to help run our full line of Carrier HVAC products, and it is clear to see why it has earned a reputation as a leader in the home comfort industry.
Just look at what the Ecobee has to recommend it:
- Offers personalized preferences for your HVAC system
- Provides smart technology for non-Infinity systems
- Compatible with smart home app
- Also offers hands-free calling and music streaming capabilities
And when we install an Ecobee product in your home, we ensure that it will work in complete concert with your systems – including our full range of Carrier innovations if you are installing a whole new system. Even if you are adding a smart thermostat to an existing system, we will run through the entire system with you and show you just how it works, and how it can help ensure perfect comfort and the lowest energy usage possible.
Smart thermostats, such as the Ecobee, can do this by taking advantage of modern wireless technology. This allows them to remain in constant communication with all parts of your HVAC system. And these smart thermostats are also always available for you to communicate with via app on your phone or tablet.
This reality provides the owner with a constant and consistent picture of everything to do with home comfort, whether that is a look at temperature (even by room if desired), output, and energy consumption (even down to the most minute detail).
Smart thermostats also get to know every inch of your home so that they can direct your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump to deliver the most energy-efficient flow of air required. These incredible developments also means that they learn your habits. For example, these smart thermostats understand when your house is empty, when it is full for a party, and everything I between.
Smart thermostats also understand outside factors, such as weather, temperatures, and humidity levels, so that your HVAC is not working unnecessarily hard – or not working hard enough.
Smart thermostats also deliver energy reports within a web portal/app so that you receive personalized savings tips, informative comparisons, and even detail energy usage data to help you make informed decisions about managing your home comfort and energy usage. This allows you to proactively manage your energy use.
It is truly an impressive development in HVAC, and we are proud to install the Ecobee and other smart thermostats that integrate perfectly with your heating and cooling needs.