You know it is true:
Thanks to the development of smart thermostats that are intelligent enough to sense, adjust and even optimize the right environmental conditions to make a house more comfortable –
being able to control the environment within your house remotely is no longer a dream.
There are a variety of smart thermostats out there, and we sometimes get spoiled by choice.
Before we jump into the 5 best rated programmable thermostats for home energy efficiency improvement, let’s first understand:
How Does Smart Programmable Thermostat Work?
The brief video below by architect Jorge Fontan gives an excellent overview of the benefits of using a smart thermostat for energy savings, and how does it work:
In short, smart programmable thermostat helps to save money by heating and cooling the home only as much as needed.
- Conventional manual (analog) thermostats are not as precise when it comes to temperature accuracy, and they do not offer any sort of energy saving benefits as temperature adjustment is required every time you leave or enter the house.
- Programmable thermostats allow you to schedule and control the temperature settings to automatically turn the thermostat up or down throughout the day, no more having to adjust the temperature manually.
- Smart thermostats offer all the benefits of a programmable thermostat with one added advantage, as Wi-Fi connection enables a smart thermostat to be controlled remotely from a compatible smart device. Most smart thermostats are equipped with learning algorithms, motion sensors and geofencing capability.
Recommended read: 9 DIY Home Energy Audits with Awesome Money Saving Tips
So what are the best smart / programmable thermostats on the market today?
Here are 5 top rated programmable thermostats for smart energy efficiency improvement, including useful videos that demonstrate step by step installation guide.
If you are a technology geek, don’t miss out on the very cool smart thermostat with voice control as the top rated recommendation towards the end of this post!
#5: Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat
It runs an app that is compatible with Apple and Android App. In case you think that it will lose track in case your Wi-Fi is disconnected – nope, because it will maintain your schedule.
Works with Alexa, this thermostat comes with a bright backlight display which ensure that you can see it even in darkness.
>> Learn more about full product details of this Honeywell RTH6580WF Thermostat
The video below demonstrates the easy steps to replace your existing thermostat with this Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat (RTH6580WF), and how to connect this Honeywell thermostat to Wi-Fi system and pair it with Amazon Echo. You can install it within an hour or even less.
#4: Google Nest Learning Thermostat, T3007ES, 3rd Gen
With over 14,000+ user reviews, this highly popular thermostat has new attractive features such as a 40% bigger display. What about this display?
It is simple, it lets you view the info on the screen even from the furthest corner of your living room.
Secondly, it comes with ten sophisticated temperature sensors. This makes it a very accurate thermostat, one of the best we’ve ever seen.
Thirdly, it has the ability to sense motion and it can actually see you coming, and that is the time when it will light up to show you all the info about the conditions in your living room.
To crown it all, it comes with Boot technology that ensures that malware are kept off from interfering with your thermostat.
Watch the video below that shows quick and easy steps on how to install a 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat:
#3: Emerson Sensi Touch WI-Fi Smart Thermostat ST75
The good thing about this new thermostat is that it comes not with buttons but a touch screen. This touch screen has been programed with an app that is very easy to use. That can be confirmed by the fact that it comes with no tangible manual.
As soon as you app is running, it will guide you step by step on how your thermostat can be controlled.
This is a key reason why it received very good rating based on 1,700+ user reviews.
You will also be amazed by the fact it is compatible with various HVAC systems.
Watch the video below to learn more about the installation guide of this smart Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi thermostat.
#2: LuxPRO 5-2 Day Deluxe Programmable Thermostat
LuxPRO 5-2 Day Deluxe Programmable Thermostat, allows you to program it so as that it can suit your needs. For instance, you can actually enjoy separate programs for heating and cooling.
With a keyboard at its side with relatively large crystal display screen, it comes with a separate system power and battery free memory store.
LuxPRO is the cheapest option in this list, yet it has received very good user feedback.
#1: Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control
Ecobee Smart Thermostat.
From a distance, it looks just like any other thermostat. However, this thermostat can be controlled using your natural voice. Cool?
Equipped with two powerful microphones and a quick audio processor, this smart thermostat has a battery life of 5 years, highly sophisticated temperature, and humidity / proximity sensors.
It can ensure that even those places far away from the thermostat receive equal temperature.