Being cold in your home is rarely ideal. Thankfully, the market for smart thermostats has been growing ever since Apple alumni Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers first unveiled the Nest Learning Thermostat four years ago, ushering in a new wave of connected devices that had more or less been overlooked, in the effort to revolutionize the home of the 21st century.
The self-aware devices pack far more capabilities than their older counterparts — such as the ability to learn your daily schedule, adjust the temperature of individual rooms, and anticipate your heating and cooling needs in conjunction with the local forecasts — while boasting connectivity with your smartphone or tablet.
Below are a few of our favorites, from Nest to Netatmo, so you can run a more efficient system and cut back on exuberant costs. Well, at least until the cold snap hits.
Why you should buy it: The original smart thermostat, Nest does a good job of learning your habits and saving you money.
Who’s it for: Anyone who wants to start smartening up their home to save money
How much will it cost: $249
Why we picked the Nest Learning Thermostat:
Nest’s Learning Thermostat really does learn. After you initially install the device — a process that’s fairly simple regardless of your heating and cooling system — you can set a desired temperature for your home. The thermostat will then take note of how you move around your house throughout the week, adjusting the various temperature settings according to the time of day and your habits. It will also automatically log and apply said settings when suitable, and showcase the amount of time it will take to get your house to your desired temperature.
Nest’s bevy of sensors will detect when you’re not home and adjust accordingly. That’s important, because when you leave with your phone, the babysitter and your kid won’t be plunged into chillier temperatures. The thermostat also works with sensors in other Nest products to get a better idea of when the house is actually empty, too.
Like any good friend, the device will offer suggestions designed to save you money. Its ability to adjust the temperature of your home a half hour before you arrive from work only furthers its intuitiveness.
Thanks to ‘Works with Nest,’ the thermostat integrates with a lot of other smart home products, allowing you to create scenes, like bedtime: Your lights turn off, the door locks, and the temperature lowers. The latest version also works with Amazon’s Alexa, so you can tell her when you’re too hot and have the Nest respond.