Published: December 12, 2017


‘Tis the season for holiday gift guides. We’re here to give you our roundup of the top smart thermostats for the homeowner in your life. Smart thermostats not only save you money, but they are better for the environment and will keep your loved ones warm for the holidays.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homeowners spend nearly half of their average utility bills on heating and cooling. With a smart thermostat, you can program your system to cater towards your schedule, therefore reducing costs on a daily basis. Smart thermostats give you complete control over your HVAC system and energy bill – even when you aren’t home. Below are this year’s top options for smart thermostats on the market today:

The Ecobee4

The Ecobee4 is climbing the ranks as one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market today. It is compatible with every other smart home device, boasts a responsive display and includes a built-in Amazon Alexa speaker. Our favorite part? While most thermostats rely on measuring a home’s temperature in just one area of the room (where the thermostat is located), the Ecobee4 lets you put multiple sensors throughout different rooms in your home. This way, the thermostat can adjust the temperature accordingly so you always feel comfortable no matter where you are in the house.

Nest Learning Thermostat

This comprehensive smart home ecosystem includes a security camera, smoke and carbon monoxide (link to carbon monoxide blog post) detectors, and a wide variety of additional smart integrations. Everything from ceiling fan to lighting controls and even smart appliances can connect to your Nest Learning Thermostat. If you want to make any adjustments to your temperature, you are able to do so from an app on your smartphone, your computer or via Google Home or Amazon Echo. The Nest is one of the original smart thermostats and has done an impressive job keeping up with new competition. The integrations and complete Nest ecosystem is what keeps this smart thermostat relevant and competing side-by-side with newer smart thermostat technologies.

Honeywell Lyric T5

The Honeywell Lyric T5 boasts similar connected features as the Ecobee4 and Nest Learning Thermostat, for a significantly lower price. It integrates with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKey and boasts a unique geofencing capability. This means that instead of programming your smart thermostat to turn on and off at certain times of day, your system will activate based on whether or not your home is within your geofence, which is connected to your smartphone. As long as you don’t need to control some of the more sophisticated programming like changing a humidifier, dehumidifier or ventilator with your smart thermostat, then the Honeywell Lyric T5 is great option that comes at a more reasonable price.

Lux TX500U

The Lux TX500U is a good blend between balance and function, and has all of the basic programming options of any of the above smart thermostats listed. The large display and intuitive control panel make this a great option for anyone new to the market of smart thermostats and looking to make a much smaller investment.

Questions to Ask Before Buying a Smart Thermostat

  1. Do you have a C wire? A C wire or “common wire” is what allows a continuous flow of power to access your thermostat. More on C wires here.
  2. Is your current HVAC set-up compatible with a smart thermostat?
  3. How much functionality are you looking for? Do you want your smart thermostat to have geofencing and learning capabilities?
  4. Do you need your smart thermostat to integrate with voice assistants such as Siri, Google Home or Amazon Alexa?
  5. Does your internet meet the requirements for a smart thermostat?
  6. Do you want to install the smart thermostat yourself, or hire an HVAC professional to do it for you?

As smart thermostats continue to get smarter, we continue to save more energy and money. Smart thermostats optimize our heating and cooling system, which turns into serious savings over time. Give the gift of savings this holiday season with a smart thermostat for your special someone.

Unsure of whether or not you or your loved one has the right set-up for a smart thermostat? Give us a call at 770-766-8714 or schedule an appointment online. We’re happy to help.