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Smart Thermostat Holiday 2014 Comparison and Buyers Guide

Last update: 12/15/2014 The holiday season (and the heating season) is fast approaching here in North America! If you’re thinking of giving your home – or someone you really like – the gift of a WiFi-enabled smart thermostat, then you should check out our handy buyers guide below! We’ll compare all the most popular thermostats and […]

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ecobee Reviews Thermostats

Review: ecobee3 Smart WiFi Thermostat

Our ecobee3 SMART WiFi thermostat rating: The ecobee3 at a Glance Heads up! This article is about a retired ecobee thermostat model. The current models are: ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control [Our Review | Amazon link] ecobee Lite SmartThermostat [Our Review | Amazon link] The remainder of this article pertains to the older ecobee3 thermostat. Room sensors, […]

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ecobee Reviews Thermostats

Review: ecobee Smart Si smart thermostat

Our ecobee Smart Si thermostat rating:   Smart Si at a Glance PROS Easy to create a schedule through drag-and-drop web interface, much faster than the “learning” process on a Nest Costs $100+ less than Nest, Lyric, and ecobee3 with few (if any) sacrifices Detailed usage reports with Home IQ (free!) Outdoor & indoor temps displayed on unit’s screen Slim and unobtrusive design looks like […]

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Honeywell Reviews Thermostats

Review: Honeywell Lyric Smart Thermostat

Last update: 2/6/2015 Our Honeywell Lyric Quick Rating: Honeywell Lyric at a Glance The Lyric had a rocky start and half a year later things aren’t looking much better. What few Amazon reviews exist for the Honeywell Lyric are not kind. Various early users on tech forums and Amazon.com complain that the Honeywell Lyric was “beta at best” […]

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Google and Nest Acquire Dropcam for $555 million

PALO ALTO, CA – June 20, 2014 Last month, Nest announced its agreement to acquire Dropcam for $555 million in cash. This acquisition comes just a few months after Nest themselves were acquired by Google, meaning that the Google vs. Apple home automation showdown continues to heat up. Google adding Dropcam to its arsenal is another exciting volley in the battle over your […]

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Honeywell Announces Lyric, a Nest-Like Smart Thermostat

The Honeywell Lyric has joined the growing chorus of smart thermostats! Update: Lyric is now available via Amazon.com and many other retailers and HVAC professionals! Honeywell, famous for many things including being the first to cram thermostat controls into a circular shape, is late to its own party. Nest (now owned by Google) has been there for a few years. While Honeywell sicced […]

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Accessories Reviews Wiring adapters

No C-Wire? Venstar Add-a-Wire adapter has you covered

Problem: Your HVAC system lacks a C-wire (common wire) for your new WiFi thermostat Solution: Install a Venstar Add-a-Wire adapter! Venstar Add-a-Wire Adapter: a Simple Solution to a “Common” Problem Short a wire? If you are lacking the (ironically named) “common wire”, also known as the C-wire, you might be pleased to learn that there’s an adapter for that. The Venstar Add-a-Wire […]

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The new Shortcut app is like Siri for your “Internet of Things”

Homeowners with a serious smart-thing addiction are going to love Shortcut! This freshly launched app aims to unite all your wi-fi and web-connected devices in one handy, voice-controlled app. Shortcut co-founder Duy Huynh likens it to “a Siri for the Internet of Things”, and that’s exactly what this central command hub is all about. Using […]

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Nest vs Honeywell Wi-Fi RTH9580WF Comparison Chart

Still not sure if you want a Nest or a Honeywell thermostat? This quick comparison chart compares the major features of the Nest and the Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat (RTH9580WF). Nest vs Honeywell Wi-Fi Help me decide! Read about the Nest advantages over Honeywell Wi-Fi and the Honeywell Wi-Fi advantages over Nest. The Nest Learning Thermostat is for you if… […]

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Nest Learning Thermostat advantages over Honeywell Wi-Fi RTH9580WF

Welcome to our two-part series comparing the advantages of the popular Nest Learning Thermostat over the well-designed Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat. These two competitors are leading the race for control over your home’s furnace, and the one that’s right for you comes down to your personal preferences. Both the Nest and the Honeywell Wi-Fi are similarly […]