Author: M.B. Grant

6 things you should do before you replace your current thermostat with a smart thermostat

If you’re ready to replace your old thermostat with a shiny new smart thermostat, read our 6 tips first to ensure a smooth upgrade process! We learned some of these lessons “the hard way”, and now we are sharing them here so you can learn from our mistakes! 1. Confirm your system is “low voltage”…
Read more

Best smart thermostats of 2018 – summer shopping guide

Summer’s here! Can your thermostat keep up? If you’re still turning your AC on and off with a dial or a few buttons on a thermostat you never programmed, then you’ll love the simple, hands-off automation of a smart thermostat. If you have a 24-volt HVAC system (often called forced air or central heat/air conditioning),…
Read more

Nest Temperature Sensor review: smart accessory enhances control over home’s temp

Nest owners, rejoice! With the new Nest Temperature Sensor, your Nest can take (and use) a temperature reading from somewhere else in your home! This new sensor is a small, wireless, battery powered “puck” about 2″ in diameter. It can be used with the Nest Thermostat E and the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen. only). It’s sold…
Read more

Comparison: ecobee3 lite vs. Nest Thermostat E – budget versions sacrifice accessory support but keep almost everything else

Last year, two of the best-known brands launched budget-friendly versions of their flagship smart thermostat models. The ecobee3 lite and the Nest Thermostat E pack most of what we love about their full-featured versions into beautifully designed “lite” versions. Both models come with an MSRP of $169, which is great news for the budget-conscious shopper…
Read more

The Google vs Amazon battle over your smart home intensifies

Google and Amazon continue to fire shots at each other in hopes of winning control over your smart home, from controversial product de-listings to funding rounds. Here’s a roundup of the latest happenings with Google, Amazon, Nest, and ecobee. Nest products no longer available on Amazon.com Many of us noticed something was amiss when the…
Read more

Review: ecobee3 lite packs all that ecobee goodness into a wallet-friendly package

Our ecobee3 lite smart thermostat rating: The ecobee3 lite at a glance If you always wanted an ecobee but the price was just a little bit out of reach or you don’t see the point of built-in Alexa or the little room sensors, then the ecobee3 lite is for you! This stripped-down version gives you just…
Read more

What is multistage heating and cooling and how do I tell if I have it?

Part of figuring out if your system is compatible with a smart thermostat is determining if your 24v HVAC system is single stage or multistage. (Wait a minute, how do I tell if I have a 24v HVAC system in the first place?) Single stage systems are best described as “on-off“. They’re either blowing hot…
Read more

6 reasons why 2018 is the perfect time to buy a smart thermostat

Nobody likes buying something only to have something new and better come out a month later. Smart thermostats were a new and quickly-changing market several years ago, but things are stabilizing now in 2018. If you haven’t gotten your smart thermostat yet, 2018 is a great time to buy. Here’s why. 1. The smart thermostat…
Read more

Is your wiring compatible with a smart thermostat? Our guide to low voltage, line voltage, and more

You’ve probably heard the term “low voltage” or “24v” while researching smart thermostats – but if you’re early in your research, you might not yet know the difference. The difference is critical: today’s best-known smart thermostats (from manufacturers like ecobee, Nest, and Honeywell) are designed only for low voltage systems. You’ll need to be sure…
Read more

Review: Engbird Wireless Bluetooth Temperature and Humidity Sensor gives clear insights into temperature and moisture levels basically anywhere

Our Engbird IBS-TH1 temperature and humidity smart sensor rating: Engbird temperature and humidity sensor at a glance The Engbird Wireless Bluetooth Temperature and Humidity Smart Data Logger is a small, battery-powered sensor that passively captures data 24/7 and displays it in a neat, easy-to-read app. It’s easy to connect to the sensor via the app (note that…
Read more