Thermostats have come a long way since the days of the standard round mechanical devices that used to be hanging on everyone’s wall. Here are some thoughts to help you select the right thermostat for your home or apartment.
1. Identify the type of heating and cooling system(s) you have in your home. Your new thermostat must be compatible with your heating and cooling systems. In general, your choices may include:
Many people have spent $275 or more on the learning thermostats. Results are mixed whether they are worth the extra money. Many people I have talked to have bought the learning version only to turn that feature off after a few months. How is it smarter than you.
There are many manufacturers, and each one offers its own features, benefits and prices. Once you’ve identified your needs, consider price, function and reputation to narrow your search down to the thermostat that will give you years of comfortable and cost-effective living.
I personally selected a smart thermostat without the learning feature and enjoy seeing the energy usage reports and having mobile phone access. I can make temporary changes as needed anytime, anywhere, especially when we are traveling.
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