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Best Thermostat

The way you use your thermostat directly effects the amount of money you spend on energy, so choosing the right thermostat to control your heating and cooling system can save you up to 33 percent on your heating and cooling cost, placing that money right back into your wallet. A thermostat you can manually program to fit your family’s schedule saves energy, and you no longer have to remember to adjust the temperature before you leave home, and should you chose a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can make those adjustments on the go. Whether you choose a WI-Fi or manually programmable thermostat, these lists give you all the information you need to make the best decision for your home and lifestyle.

Nest Learning Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat begins to self-program once you connect it to your heating and cooling system and make the first manual adjustment to the thermostat’s exterior ring. The Nest operates like most traditional thermostats, but with one exception, it has the ability to track, take note and remember each temperature adjustment made during each day. After a week, the Nest is adjusting the thermostat on its own, based on the previous week’s adjustments. The Nest doesn’t stop there; it continues to learn as the climate in your area changes. This self-programming thermostat can sense when your home is unoccupied and automatically adjusts itself to the “Auto Away” mode after about two hours to save as much energy as possible. The Nest can even tell you which temperature setting saves the most money by displaying a green leaf on the face of the thermostat. Connect to the Nest thermostat through Wi-Fi and an internet connection in order to monitor and adjust the temperature from your car, work or across the continent. Stay connected to your Nest Learning Thermostat through your internet Nest account to monitor how much energy you use, and with the Nest’s ability to monitor current weather conditions, learn how those conditions affect the way you use your heating and cooling systems. The Nest Learning Thermostat automatically downloads any software updates as long as it remains connected to Wi-Fi, keeping your Nest’s internal programs current. The Nest comes with everything you need to replace your current thermostat and a 5-year limited warranty.

Filtrete Wi-fi Touch Screen Programmable Thermostat Model 3M-50

The Filtrete Wi-Fi Touch Screen Programmable Thermostat model 3M-50 is fully compatible with all heating and cooling systems, and once you have it installed, you can connect directly to your thermostat through Radio Control, the website designed for use with your Filtrete Wi-Fi programmable thermostat. Use your computer or smart phone to program the thermostat to coincide with your daily schedule and bypass programming the thermostat using the backlit touch screen. You can calibrate the Filtrete thermostat to another thermostat installed in your home to ensure both temperature readings match for optimal performance and energy savings. Use the Wi-Fi connection to monitor your thermostat over the internet and make any changes necessary to instantaneously, and help save up to 33 percent on your energy bills. The Filtrete Wi-Fi Touch Screen Programmable thermostat offers a lock-out feature to keep unauthorized changes in your thermostat programming, a 5-year limited warranty and year round technical support for any issues that could arise when programming your thermostat.

Ecobee EB-STAT-02 Enabled Smart Internet Thermostat

The Ecobee Internet Enabled Smart Thermostat model EB-STAT-02 features a full-color, easy to use touch screen that makes programming your heating and cooling system a breeze. Ecobee’s on screen programming wizard asks you a series of questions that lets you quickly program the thermostat to match your current schedule. Connect the Smart Thermostat to the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection to access the Ecobee website that allows you to setup and monitor your thermostat for free. Additional downloadable applications are available for your smart phone or tablet, so you can control your thermostat from anywhere in the world. The Ecobee Smart Thermostat uses intelligent algorithms to monitor changes made to your thermostat, along with monitoring the current weather conditions to begin to make adjustments to your programming based on your system’s history. The thermostat displays the current date and time, and as long as it remains connected to the Internet through Wi-Fi, the current weather conditions and the weather forecast, so you know how to dress before you leave the house. The website also features a reports tool that tracks and monitors the energy used by your heating and cooling system, as well as saves your system’s history. The Ecobee Internet Enabled Smart Thermostat helps you reduce the amount of energy you consume and comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

LockState LS-90i Internet Thermostat

Install the LockState LS-90i Internet Thermostat on practically any heating and cooling system and begin taking control of your energy costs. The LockState thermostat uses a Wi-Fi card to connect to the Internet through a wireless router and allows you to access the LockState Connect website to program and control your thermostat for free through any computer, smart phone or tablet. Although you can program the LS-90i thermostat from its touch screen, using the “Set Device” screen on the website allows you to set all seven days quickly and easily. Plug in your kilowatt hour cost on the website and the thermostat to track your estimated energy costs for your heating and cooling system. If your energy provider uses a “Smart Meter” to track your kilowatt hour usage, you can track your home’s total energy cost right on the thermostat’s display screen. Set any of the 12 alerts or two alarms on the thermostat and it will email you or your technician a notification when a change in the system triggers one of the alarms, or when the system needs servicing. The thermostat tracks the actual temperature inside your home, your targeted heat setting, your targeted cool setting, and the outside temperature. It uses this information to create a graph showing how close you are to your targeted setting and how the outside temperature could affect these settings. The information on the graph helps you make intelligent changes to your heating and cooling systems to continue to save money.

Hunter Universal 7-Day Programmable Thermostat Model 44905

Hunter’s Universal 7-Day Programmable Thermostat Model 44905 works with nearly all heating and cooling systems and its truly 5-minute installation will have you saving money on your energy bill almost instantaneously. Once you install the Hunter thermostat, you simply unsnap it from its wall mount and program it from the comfort of your couch rather than stand in front of it like you would most other programmable thermostats. In fact, the thermostat takes 25 percent less time to program all seven days than most programmable thermostats, and with its one touch “Save Away” and “Home Today” buttons; you can quickly override the system to operate according to away or home programming without any further adjustments. The display also features an “Energy Savings” bar to help you find the most beneficial temperature settings to help save money. Other programmable features of the Hunter thermostat include notifications as to when it is time to change the filter, a lock-out passcode, and a low battery warning. Hunter offers a 1-year limited warranty on its programmable thermostat.

Honeywell RTH7600D Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Thermostat

The Honeywell 7-Day Programmable Thermostat model RTH7600D installs quickly and its user friendly programming will have you saving money in no time. The Honeywell thermostat provides four different programmable settings for each day of the week, letting you customize each day to coincide with your schedule. This helps keep your home at a comfortable temperature when you need it and save you money by raising or lowing the temperature when you don’t. The RTH7600D has a backlit touch screen display, making it easy to read, even in the dark. Honeywell’s Smart Response Technology allows the thermostat to make adjustments on its own to ensure it meets your heating and cooling needs, and the temperature is correct when you arrive home. The Honeywell 7-Day Programmable Thermostat changes from heating to cooling automatically, tells you when to change your filter, maintains your programmed settings even if you lose power, recognizes daylight savings time and comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Lux Products TX9000TS Touch Screen 7 Day Programmable Thermostat

The Lux Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Thermostat model TX9000TS is easy to use, easy to understand, and the large, well-lit screen makes it easy to read. The thermostat’s simple, straight forward installation instructions will let even the most mechanically challenged connect the unit to their heating and cooling system. Not only does the Lux Touchscreen thermostat let you program a different thermostat setting each day, it has an energy usage monitor that records the amount of time your system runs each day. It also features a filter life monitor, an adjustable vacation hold, a minimum run time and a manual temperature hold that keeps the system running until you turn it off. It also comes with a system lock-out to keep unauthorized users from changing your programming, and a 3-year limited warranty. Installing a Lux Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Thermostat can save you up to 33 percent on your summer cooling and winter heating bills.

Carrier’s Edge Programmable Thermostat

Carrier’s Edge Programmable Thermostat

The Edge Programmable Thermostat by Carrier not only allows you to assign a different heating or cooling program to each day like other programmable thermostats, but it allows you to program it though your personal computer or laptop using Carrier’s patented ExP memory card and expansion port. This unit is compatible with most two-stage heat pumps and air conditioning units, and it easily replaces your current thermostat. Should your heating and cooling system include a UV lamp to kill germs and bacteria, or include a whole house humidifier, the Edge will monitor your lamp, replacement humidifier pad and the return filter. The Edge offers optional remote room sensors to monitor the temperature in every room of your house, and even displays the time and the outside temperature. The Edge features a changeable faceplate to match you decor, and a 10-year limited warranty.

Cecilia Harsch
Hi, my name is Cecilia Harsch, a former “Big Box” manager, specializing in home appliances. From portable heaters to ceiling fans and from wine coolers to over-the-range microwaves, my goal is to help you, the consumer, find just the right product to fit your needs. The biggest and most expensive may not always be the right choice and that’s where I come in. I can answer your questions before you ask them and give you the information you need to consider when making that final purchase. If it washes, dries, cooks or cools, I can find the right product for you.
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