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Amazon’s version is less than half the price of the others and is ideal if you’re using Alexa. This thermostat works exclusively with geothermal and air-to-air heat pumps. We recommend using the available compatible C wire adapter to save energy.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written by Travis Jones, the owner of Smart Roof and Home Performance. Travis is an expert on smart home technology. We asked him to provide a smart thermostat buying guide and help homeowners upgrade to the 3 best smart thermostats on the market.

You’re finally on the road for that summer vacation. That feeling in the pit of your stomach hits. You look at your partner and say, “Oh no. I forgot to change the thermostats. Did you?”

We all know the feeling. But if you’ve already upgraded to smart thermostats, you have nothing to worry about.

The smart thermostat is more than a digital version of your old manual dial or slider. A smart thermostat learns your behavior and adjusts your home temperature for both comfort and savings. Smart thermostats can save you hundreds a year on heating and cooling your home. 

Half our energy costs come from cooling and heating our homes. With electricity and natural gas prices going up, the cost to upgrade your thermostat will pay for itself in time. After that, you’ll save money — read on to see how you can save nearly $200 a year.

In other words, your smart thermostat has 2 jobs:

  1. Smart thermostats learn your patterns and anticipate your home heating and cooling habits, providing you stress-free comfort year-round.
  2. Smart thermostats save you money on home energy bills.
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What Do Smart Thermostats Do?

Smart thermostats use built-in sensors to know when you’re home. They can use that data to create an ideal schedule so your system runs only when needed. No more heating or cooling an empty home.

Another important feature of a smart thermostat is its ability to send you alerts if it senses issues with your HVAC system. This includes reminders to change your filters. Dirty filters reduce the efficiency of your system leading to higher costs.

Smart thermostats work with different apps like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant that give you the ability to control your thermostat remotely, whether you’re sitting on your couch or sipping a cold beverage at the beach.

How Much Money Do Smart Thermostats Save?

Energy Star reports that a programmable smart thermostat can save homeowners up to $180 a year on home heating and cooling bills. It’s why the best smart thermostats on the market have earned the Energy Star rating 

Independent data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirms that smart thermostats save homeowners money. In the EPA’s study, smart home energy systems saved their owners an average of 8% per year.

My Expertise Saves Homeowners Money on Smart Tech

I’m an energy and home performance consultant that works with HOMR. I help homeowners save money by helping them make informed choices on energy efficiency improvements to their homes. I also write a daily email newsletter to help homeowners live smarter.

🙌 Our Recommendations for Smart Thermostats

From energy usage to smart temperature setting, the best smart thermostats add value to your home in multiple ways. 

We found three devices we really like: the Amazon Smart Thermostat, Google Nest Learning Thermostat, and ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium.

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Amazon Smart Thermostat

Amazon’s version is less than half the price of the others and is ideal if you’re using Alexa. This thermostat works exclusively with geothermal and air-to-air heat pumps. We recommend using the available compatible C wire adapter to save energy.

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Google’s Nest Thermostat is on its 3rd generation and is the best option if you want it to do the programming for you. It can also work in an older home where you might not have a C wire running to your thermostat. You can also control your Google Nest through the Google Home app

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🤔 3 Things to Consider Before You Buy

Before you choose a smart thermostat for your home, you should consider 3 factors: installation, sensors and your current smart assistant. Each brand offers different strengths and compatibility requirements that will affect your purchasing decision.

Installation — All 3 of our smart thermostat picks are DIY friendly. But if you need installation, Google has a for hire option. You can also request a free quote for smart thermostat installation from HOMR with one message and no sign up required.

Sensors — If you have an important room (bedroom, nursery) that doesn’t heat or cool like the room where the thermostat is, Google and ecobee sell sensors to help with this.

Smart Assistant — Note that each of our 3 picks for best smart thermostat pairs with a specific home smart assistant:

  • Amazon Smart Thermostat only pairs with Amazon’s Alexa.
  • Google Nest Learning Thermostat pairs with Alexa and Google Assistant.
  • The ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium pairs with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri (Apple).

Smart Thermostats + A Smart Owner = A Truly Smart Home

The era of smart home comfort is here to stay. Take advantage of smart devices to work for you behind the scenes or help you create home automation systems. You'll experience a smarter, safer and more energy efficient home.

Start by picking the smart assistant you want to use — then, expand your smart home within that ecosystem. Each of these smart devices has pros and cons, but they will all continue to get better and with more features. 

TLDR? Don’t overthink which smart thermostat you choose. Just pick one that syncs with your smart assistant, so your smart home starts working for you (and your energy bill).

A shorter version of this article was published as a Smart Homeowner Daily Email. Read more on Travis’ blog

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