A smart thermostat is one of the best upgrades you can make to improve the power efficiency of your home. Smart thermostats work by learning your routine, and automatically adjusting the temperature to reduce power consumption while outside of the home without impacting comfort. We have four premium options for you to choose from, and this brief guide will help you decide which model is right for you:
Option 1: Honeywell T6 Pro Smart Thermostat
Option 2: Mysa Smart Thermostat
|The T6 Thermostat by Honeywell is a small and unobtrusive thermostat that can reduce your heating and cooling costs without too many bells and whistles. The easy to use interface lets you set schedules for heating and cooling to keep your home comfortable without consuming unnecessary power. You can also connect it to your WiFi network and control it remotely using the Honeywell Lyric app. It can even operate using your current GPS location, turning off while you are away and getting your home up to temperature when you return. While it doesn’t include the “learning” features of some smart thermostats, this is a good choice for consumers who want reliability and want to choose their own schedules instead of having them predicted.||The Mysa Smart Thermostat is a sleek and efficient homekit compatible thermostat. You can adjust the temperature with the simple touch screen interface, or use the app to set schedules and adjust the temperature remotely. Mysa is fully homekit compatible. This means it will work with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri. If you have other smart devices, this means you can set it to reduce the temperature when you turn your lights off, provide voice controls, or integrate it with any other smart home appliances you have. And even if this is your first smart device, the setup and usage is incredibly easy even for beginners.
If you have electric baseboard heaters, in-floor heating, or another line voltage, single-zone heating system then the Mysa is the thermostat for you.
Option 3: Ecobee 3 Lite
Upgrade Option: Nest E Thermostat
|The Ecobee 3 Lite is one of the most connected smart thermostats covered by this program. It connects with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, Samsung, Smartthings, Wink, and IFTTT making it easy to integrate into any smart home. This thermostat also learns your routine. Just use it as needed for a week, and it will automatically adjust itself to provide the lowest power consumption while maintaining a comfortable living space. It has an easy to use 3.5″ touchscreen that can be used to set schedules, view the weather, and adjust rules. For users that want a little extra “smart” functionality, the Ecobee 3 Lite is a great choice.||Google’s Nest thermostat is one of the most popular on the market, and for good reason. It’s got a beautiful interface, impressive features, and better performance than most other thermostats on the market. The Nest E is a more affordable version of the original nest, maintaining all of the highly regarded learning features with a simpler, easy to use display. While it is somewhat limited in terms of smarthome integrations: just Google Assistance and Alexa – it’s learning functionality is some of the best on the market and provides excellent power efficiency without much user input or configuration required. It has a powerful application, connects to wifi, and measures temperature, humidity, proximity, and ambient light.
Note: An earlier version of this tool stated that the vendor would be supplying the Nest 3 thermostat. Customers who ordered the nest 3 will be contacted to ensure that the Nest E will suit their needs.
Which Thermostat Will Work in My House?
To know for sure which thermostat is compatible with your HVAC system, you’ll need to look at the wiring of your existing thermostat to be sure. Each thermostat has a compatibility checker linked above so you can make sure it will work with your heating system.
Are you using electric baseboard heaters or in-floor heating? You may have a high voltage system:
If so, the Mysa thermostat is likely the only option for you. You can confirm this by checking to see if your current thermostat is labelled 120V, or if it has large thick wires that may be crimped together.
Low voltage systems have many small wires. You may also have several different systems to control including heaters, air conditioners, heat pumps, in floor heating ETC. If you have a low voltage system, use the chart below to see which device looks to be compatible and use the compatibility checker to make sure.
|System Type||Ecobee3 Lite||Nest E||Honeywell T6||Mysa Smart|
|C Wire Requirement||C- Wire not required. If you don’t have C-wire, Ecobee provides power extender kit to solve the issue||While the nest E does not require a C-wire to run, some systems do. If you have a C wire you will want to connect. If you don’t, the system should still work without it.||Required. If you don’t have C -wire, Choose a nest or Ecobee.||Not Required|
|Accessories||No support for accessories||Some accessories can be supported as the 3rd stage. Eg, on 2 stage systems (one heating system, one cooling system) an accessory can be connected to run in conjunction with either system. Eg: humidifier while AC is on, auxilary heater while primary furnace is on.||Not Supported||No support|
|Boilers||Supports all types. Upto 2H/2C. For heating (W1 and W2), and For cooling supports 2 stages of forced air cooling||Supports 2 stage boilers. Supports Dual Transformer Configuration (systems having more than one R wire)||Yes – Supported upto 2H/2C – Two stages of heating/cooling||Not supported|
|Heat Pumps||Supports Heat Pumps (both normal and auxiliary heat model) Upto 2H/2C only||Single stage heat pump with separate single stage furnace heating Single stage heat pump with separate two stage furnace heating Two stage heat pump with separate two stage furnace heating||Single stage only||No support|
|Stages of Heat/Cool||Single & Multi Stage – upto 2H/2C||Supports 3 stages in total. 1 heating stage, 1 Cooling stage, and a second stage that can be either heating or cooling.||Yes – Supported upto 2H/2C – 2 stages of heating and cooling||2H / 1H|
|Low Voltage Systems||Yes – All types||Yes – All Types||Yes – All Types||No – high voltage only|
|Line Voltage (120V / 240V) Systems||Not Supported||Not Supported||Not Supported||Supported|