Smart Thermostat Guide
Do you want to learn more about smart thermostats? Are you looking for a smart thermostat and trying to decide which smart thermostat is right for you? We compare smart thermostats, and provide you with the information you need to know to make the right choice for upgrading your home to a smart thermostat.
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What To Consider When Purchasing A Smart Thermostat
When deciding to purchase a new smart thermostat it’s key to think about it as more than just a thermostat but a smart device that is designed to make your life easier. The most important criteria when selecting a smart thermostat is ease of use. A smart thermostat should make your life easier not more complicated. Features that make the smart thermostat should be incorporated into all facets of design, it should be easy to use in person with your hands, it should be easy to use on the smart app interface, it should be easy to schedule and automate and should be easy to use with your voice.
Just because your connecting a smart computer to your HVAC system doesn’t mean that you need to make it look like you have a giant server hanging off your wall. There are plenty of smart thermostats like the Nest Thermostat with it’s elegant design and Ecobee with it’s balanced low profile that look great in your home. Once you decide to upgrade to a smart thermostat it’s going to be noticeable on your wall, make sure that you choose something that you will like and fits with your style.
Smart Thermostat Features
The top smart thermostats on the market the Nest thermostat and Ecobee Thermostat both have an amazing list of of features but there are a few features that set these top smart thermostats apart from the rest of the pack. The nest thermostat has advanced learning algorithms that work with other nest devices within your home to detect if you are home or away to help you save energy and optimally control your house for perfect comfort. The Ecobee 4 smart thermostat comes with a remote temperature sensor to help you sense and manage the temperature in any room in your house. The Ecobee 4 also has Amazon Alexa voice assistant built directly into the Ecobee 4 smart thermostat, meaning you can speak your thermostat commands directly to your Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat for full voice control of your smart thermostat.
Smart Thermostats Should Work With Alexa
The top smart thermostats on the market all work with Alexa and this is a must have feature. Why? because after a year of living with Amazon Alexa connected to my Nest generation 3 smart thermostat I barely ever touch my smart thermostat because it is much easier to just tell Alexa to turn up or down my HVAC system to the desired temperature. Connecting your smart thermostat to Alexa will save you time, make you more comfortable and make your life easier. You don’t need to have your phone with you to turn down the heating or cooling and on a freezing cold winter morning you don’t even need to get out of bed to turn up the heat before getting out from under the covers.
What Smart Thermostats Do We Recommend
Both the Ecobee 4 Thermostat and the Nest Generation 3 Thermostat are tied as the two best smart thermostats on the market. You can’t go wrong picking either one. If you have an eye for fine design the Nest Generation 3 is sure to catch your eye and look perfect in your home. If you love a device packed with all of the latest features the Ecobee 4 is like the swiss army knife of smart thermostats. It’s hard to beat with it’s built in Amazon Alexa speaker and microphone and extra room temperature sensor right out of the box.
We have more resources below to help you make your decision on your smart thermostat but know that if you choose either the Nest Generation 3 or Ecobee 4 you will have made a great choice for your smart home.
What Smart Thermostats Work With Alexa?
Getting a smart thermostat is great but you know what is even better? Getting A smart thermostat that works with Alexa to control your smart home with voice. We review the top thermostats that work with Alexa and how you can connect your smart thermostat to Alexa for full voice control of your heating and cooling system…..read more.
What Smart Thermostats Work With Google Home?
We give you a list of the best smart thermostats that work with Google Home. If you prefer Google Home to Alexa we teach you the thermostats that will work the best with Google Home and review the features of what Google Home can do with your smart thermostat and how you can control your smart thermostat using your voice and Google Home….read more.
Nest vs Nest E
We compare the two of the top selling thermostats from nest, the leading brand in smart home thermostats. The Nest Generation 3 thermostat is the top of the line smart thermostat with elegant design and loaded with features. The Nest E offers many of the same features but comes in at a lower price point for the more budget minded consumer…..read more.
Yes, LIFX works with HomeKit. Using LIFX with HomeKit allows you to control your smart lighting with your voice using Siri Commands on your iPhone. We teach you how to connect LIFX to HomeKit and the best LIFX smart lights that work with HomeKit.
In this post we teach you how to install your nest thermostat if you only have two wires. The Nest Thermostat 2 wire hookup works for low voltage heating only and cooling only HVAC systems .
In this post we will cover the best 2 wire wifi thermostats and how you can use a 2 wire smart thermostat in your home. 2 wire wifi thermostats are designed for HVAC systems that are either heat only or cooling only HVAC systems.
In this video blog post we review the Nest Thermostat in 2019. The Nest Thermostat is one of the best smart thermostats in the market and we give you our take on the Nest Thermostat in 2019 and if it’s right for your home.
We also provide you with several ways that you can upgrade your Nest Thermostat that will increase the functionality of your Nest Thermostat.
In this post we teach the 4 wire thermostat wiring color codes and how to understand what they mean when installing your thermostat. The information we have on thermostat wiring is valid for both smart thermostats and older style manual thermostats.
We teach you what you need to know to wire your new Nest Thermostat, Ecobee or other smart thermostat and what the thermostat wiring colors mean and how they work.
Is the Nest Thermostat worth it? Yes, in my opinion the Nest Thermostat is one of the best investments you can make in your home to save energy, live more comfortably and even increase your safety.
We explain how the Nest Thermostat works and why it might be a worthwhile addition to your home.
Does Nest work with HomeKit? Yes and no. We explain how Nest works with your iPhone and what you can do do get Nest to work with HomeKit.
You don’t need HomeKit in order to to use your Nest on your iPhone. The main functionality that HomeKit add’s to smart devices is the ability to use Siri voice commands to control your smart devices like the Nest. But since the Nest is not a HomeKit certified device the Siri voice commands are disabled.
However you can still use your Nest with voice commands using Alexa or Google Home Assistant. There is also an iOS app that integrates with Siri and Nest to allow you voice control of Nest through Siri and will also allow you to control your Nest with voice through your Apple Watch.
We review the best home kit thermostat for your smart home. Adding a smart thermostat that is compatible with HomeKit will allow you to use your Siri on your phone to control your HomeKit compatible thermostat with your voice.
You can say things like “Siri set the heat to 70 degrees” to control your thermostat without the need to touch your thermostat.
There is a large number of smart thermostats that work with HomeKit but there are a few that provide exceptional features, simplicity and great design. We cover the best HomeKit smart thermostats as well as provide the full list of smart thermostats that are compatible with HomeKit and Siri.
In our review we found the Ecobee and Sensi Thermostats to be the best HomekIt thermostats, also followed by Mysa smart thermostats which provides great HomeKit control for high voltage electric baseboard heating systems.
If you are looking for a smart home thermostat that is compatible with HomeKit our guide should help you make the right decision on the best HomeKit Thermostat for you.
Does Ecobee work with Alexa? Yes, all ecobee thermostats including the ecobee 4, ecobee 3 and ecobee 3 lite all work with Amazon Alexa & Google Home. We teach you how to set up your ecobee to work with Amazon Alexa so you can have full voice control of your smart thermostat.
Our favorite ecobee smart thermostat is the ecobee 4 thermostat which has built in amazon alexa functionality with an alexa microphone and speaker built into the casing of the ecobee 4. With built in amazon alexa on the ecobee 4 you can talk directly to the ecobee 4 with voice commands to control your thermostat. It also works with other alexa devices for full voice control.
We also teach you the best Amazon Alexa commands to control your ecobee thermostat.
How to change nest home away assist settings your nest thermostat. We teach you how to change your home away assist settings your nest thermostat.
We also teach you how to change the auto schedule settings on your nest thermostat.
What smart thermostats work with Google Home? Having a smart thermostat is great, and controlling from your phone is a huge step up from manual thermostats but having Google Home Voice control of your smart thermostat is a true luxury.
The nest thermostat works with Google Home commands and adds additional functionality to your smart home system. The Ecobee Generation 4 smart thermostat also works with Google Home and but also has Amazon Alexa built in. There are several other smart thermostats that work with Google Home but the most popular the smart thermostats that work with Google Home are nest and ecobee.
We also teach you what voice commands work with Google Home to control your smart thermostat. Setting up your smart thermostat to work with Google Home is a quick easy process that can be completed on any phone once the Google Home app is downloaded. We teach you how to connect your smart thermostat to google home with a simple easy to use guide.
Does the nest smart lock work with google home? Yes, the nest x yale smart lock does work with all google home devices, including the google home hub, google home mini and google home allowing for full voice command control of the nest x yale smart lock. We cover all of the nest devices you can connect to Google Home. Currently the nest thermostat, nest cameras and nest smart doorbell, nest locks, and nest security system all work with Google Home. The nest protect smoke detectors don’t work with Google Home.
If you want to have voice control of your nest x yale smart lock you can use any google home device or you can download the google assistant app on your phone for full voice control of the nest x yale smart lock. With voice commands you can lock your nest smart lock or check to see if the nest lock is unlocked or locked. You can’t unlock your nest x yale lock with your voice.
What smart thermostats work with Alexa? Having a smart thermostat is great, and controlling from your phone is a huge step up from manual thermostats but having Alexa voice control of your smart thermostat is a true luxury. The nest thermostat works with alexa voice commands and adds additional functionality to your smart home system. The ecobee generation 4 smart thermostat works with Alexa and actually has Amazon Alexa built in. Inside the Ecobee 4 smart thermostat there is a small speaker and microphone to allow for full Amazon Alexa functionality inside of the Ecobee 4 thermostat. There are several other smart thermostats that work with alexa but the most popular the smart thermostats that work with alexa are nest and ecobee.
We review the features of the Nest vs Nest E thermostat to help you decide which smart thermostat is best for you. The Nest Thermostat Generation 3 has more features and a higher end design than the Nest E thermostat. The Nest E still gets the job done but does not have the same high end look as the Nest Gen 3 thermostat in the looks category in Nest vs Nest E, the Nest is the clear winner. The Nest E is a lower cost vs the Nest Generation 3 thermostat and will still save you energy but do the cost savings justify the plastic design vs the smooth polished high end metal design of the Nest Generation 3 Thermostat.
Does Google Home work with the nest thermostat? Yes, Google Home works with the nest thermostat to provide full voice control of your nest thermostat. With your google home connected to your nest thermostat you set the temperature or change between heating and cooling modes. We teach you how to set up Google Home to control your nest thermostat with your voice. We also teach you the best voice commands for google home to control your nest thermostat. Google Home control works with all Google Home products including the google home mini smart speaker.
Does Alexa work with the nest generation 2 thermostat? Yes, the nest gen 2 thermostat does work with Amazon Alexa & Google Home. We teach you how to set up the nest thermostat to work with Amazon Alexa so you can have full voice control of your smart thermostat. We also teach you the best Amazon Alexa commands to control your nest generation 2 thermostat.
Does Alexa work with the nest generation 3 thermostat? Yes, the nest thermostat does work with Amazon Alexa & Google Home. We teach you how to set up the nest thermostat to work with Amazon Alexa so you can have full voice control of your smart thermostat. We also teach you the best Amazon Alexa commands to control your nest generation 3 thermostat.
What wire should you use for your new home to ensure that it will work with the nest thermostat, ecobee thermostats or other smart thermostats? If you are wiring a new home you should always use at least 5 wires if you have a standard HVAC system and 8 wires if you have a heat pump or multi stage heating and cooling. Smart thermostats like the nest thermostat should be wired with 5 wires to ensure that they have constant power to provide the best connection and best thermostat functionality. If you are wiring a new home and your HVAC contractor or Electrician is unsure of how many wires to use, make sure you use the 8 strand wire we recommend in our post to ensure your new home is compatible with a smart thermostat.
Does the nest smart lock work with alexa? No, the nest x yale smart lock does not currently work with Alexa, but the google home mini does allow for full voice command control of the nest x yale smart lock. We cover all of the nest devices you can connect to alexa and what nest devices don’t work with amazon alexa. Currently the nest thermostat, nest cameras and nest smart doorbell all work with amazon alexa. The nest protect smoke detectors, and nest security system don’t work with alexa.
If you want to have voice control of your nest x yale smart lock you will need to use either a google home device or you can download the google assistant app on your phone for full voice control of the nest x yale smart lock. With voice commands you can lock your nest smart lock or check to see if the nest lock is unlocked or locked.
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The second episode of our weekly podcast has launched and is a great place to start if you want to learn how to control your home with voice. You can get the full blog post & smart home podcast here
Our podcast episode has launched. The first episode post is a great place to start if you want to know how to start your smart home and what devices you should start with. You can get the full blog post & smart home podcast here
Yes, it works great! The nest thermostat has a motion sensor in it that helps detect when you are home and turn the thermostat down accordingly to save you energy. You can also manually set the thermostat to away from the thermostat or from your smart phone, you don't really need to do this though because the Nest will automatically figure out that you are gone and adjust your temperature settings to save you energy and money. On the app it lets you know that you have been saving energy while away with a logo of a house and a man walking out the door as shown in the screenshot below. With new upgrades to the app the nest also uses your GPS position to help make the home/away mode more accurate.
So there are literally dozens of smart thermostats out on the market so how do you choose? We are impartial to the Nest Generation 3 Thermostat but some of you like to analyze every option there is out there. Luckily for you overachievers there is a tool that breaks down the pros and cons of each smart thermostat out on the market today at thermostatwifi.net
What smart thermostat can I use if my system is not compatible with nest?