Category: Thermostats

Review: 2GIG CT100 Z-Wave Programmable Thermostat

Our 2GIG CT100 smart thermostat rating: 2GIG CT100 at a Glance Simple, friendly, and affordable – 2GIG’s CT100 smart thermostat doesn’t have a cutesy name or a flashy body, but it’s got most of the features you’d want in a smart thermostat for less than a hundred bucks! What’s the catch? The CT100 is a Z-Wave thermostat, not WiFi! That means you’ll need a Z-Wave compatible home…
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Review: Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat (1F86U-42WF)

Our Emerson Sensi WiFi thermostat rating: Sensi at a Glance What if I told you that you could get all the power of a WiFi enabled thermostat (remote control, ease of scheduling) at half the price of the flashier thermostats? Meet the Sensi. Technically, its full name is the White-Rodgers Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat, but we’re gonna just go…
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Major ecobee3 update 3.6 improves sensors, more

Good news, ecobee owners! Ecobee is rolling out a major update to its popular ecobee3 smart thermostat this April! The 3.6 update is their biggest since the thermostat’s September 2014 launch and includes many popular-request features: outside temp now displays on ecobee3 unit’s idle screen improvements to heat pump algorithm HomeIQ overview in the web…
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Nest 4.3 software update adds more data to display, other improvements

Good news for Nest owners: the 4.3 software update (rolling out this week) is adding more information to the display, improving the auto-scheduling feature, and adding a system test mode. Quick View The Nest’s interface got a big revamp in response to customer requests (and probably market competition – the Ecobee3 and the Honeywell Lyric both featured more on-screen…
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Review: ecobee3 Smart WiFi Thermostat

Our ecobee3 SMART WiFi thermostat rating: The ecobee3 at a Glance Grab it while you still can! Ecobee appears to be retiring this model. There is now an ecobee3 lite (reduced accessory support) and a new full model, the ecobee4 (similar to the 3 but with Alexa built in). Ecobee3 stock still exists – and usually at a price…
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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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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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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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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…
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Honeywell RTH9580 App, Website, and On-Unit Controls

One of the best and most appealing features of a smart thermostat is the ability to adjust it when you’re not standing next to it.  With some thermostats, the features available to you vary by the interface you’re using. In this article, we’ll explore which Honeywell RTH9580 (Honeywell Wi-Fi SmartThermostat) features can be controlled from…
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