In hot times such as these, you and your family will want a way to cool down from the scorching heat. Going inside, you are immediately met with a rush of cold air. You can thank your thermostat! A thermostat is a device that tells your system to adjust the temperature of the air in your home. So whether you need to cool down from the heat with cold air or need warmth from the harsh winter, it is your thermostat's job to regulate those temperatures. However, there are so many types and brands, and it can be overwhelming to choose the thermostat that best suits your family and home. Thermostats have many different features that appeal to the customer. It may be confusing and a handful, so I’ll be analyzing two brands and their models to present the information and features of the thermostats.
First, Ecobee: Ecobee is a brand that produces many models, and the ones we like to use are the ecobee3 lite and the Ecobee Smart Thermostat premium. Both models look the same and are very similar in their screens. However, there are slight differences in price, size, and different Bluetooth connections. The primary difference is in its accessories; the ecobee3 lite is more simple and has fewer features but does the same job, and the Ecobee Smart Thermostat premium contains more features. Both have can connect to Wi-Fi and can use Google, Alexa, Apple Home Kit, and Samsung SmartThings and are touch screens. Plus you can program them, in case you need to go on a vacation, or on a day-to-day basis, to suit your schedules. This allows your thermostat to work less while you are not there, saving you money on your energy bill. In addition, your thermostat will send you notifications for things like maintenance and temperatures. Now I’ll analyze the differences in accessories because the ecobee3 lite is an entry-level model, while the Ecobee Smart Thermostat contains more features for comfort. The Ecobee Smart Thermostat comes with portable temperature sensors which help your thermostat adjust to temperature changes from room to room. If your home contains multiple floors, when the heat rises, it may heat the floors above, making the rooms unevenly cooled. Having a portable monitor allows for accurate readings of temperature between spaces. Plus, some models include motion sensory. The thermostat will monitor when you walk into a room and walk out a room, so your thermostat can make immediate adjustments to suit you at that very moment. Also, this can help you save money because when motion is not detected for long periods, you can reduce the usage of your thermostat and energy, saving you money. Ecobee branded products are very affordable, especially from what you get. In conclusion, Ecobee produces many different models for different situations and satisfaction for the customers and each is well made and very high-end.
Second, Honeywell: Honeywell is another excellent company that produces high-grade thermostats. Some of their products include the T6 Pro and the Vision Pro 8000. The T6 Pro is like an entry-level thermostat from Honeywell. The T6 Pro contains many neat features like UWP Mounting Systems, meaning all the T series products have similar mounting plates, so if you want to replace your thermostat or get another one, all you have to do is replace the cover plate. And it doesn’t use screws, or wires, so all you have to do is use its simple push tab terminals for wires and a hinged door to prevent drafts. You can program it for the weekdays and weekends with the thermostat’s 5-2 or 5-1-1 programs and can change temperatures throughout the day; however, be careful about changing the temperature on heat pumps because it can result in higher energy costs if your heat strip comes on during use. To end, the T6 is a very affordable thermostat making it an entry-level option.
Now the Vision Pro 8000, another Honeywell thermostat, is another recommended thermostat. It is the more luxurious model for extra features and comfort. It is a smart thermostat meaning it can connect to Wi-Fi, is a touch screen, and works remotely from your phone or device. Plus, it works with Alexa, Google, and Cortana. Like most other smart thermostats, it will adjust to your lifestyle, making it warm and cool when you want it using programming. Plus, it uses geofencing which is an invisible boundary around your house that tracks Wi-Fi and GPS, so you can adjust temperatures. Advanced features include control of whole-home humidifiers, dehumidifiers, or ventilators for fine-tuned comfort. And depending on where you purchase your thermostat, making it a pretty affordable option with advanced accessory control.
In conclusion, both Ecobee and Honeywell make good quality thermostats with unique features to suit the customer in different ways. Though there are other models and brands, these are the two that we recommend. Because in the end, your thermostat’s main job is to control the indoor air temperature and help you stay comfortable while saving you money. With these thermostats, you will have customer satisfaction, along with practicality. Everyone wants to cool down when it is hot and warm up when it is cold out. And it is important to understand what your thermostat’s job is and how you can properly decide which brands to use and which models are excellent.