A thermostat is a thermostat until you find out that there are programmable models. These are thermostats that weren’t invented until the rise of the Internet and the adoption of Wi-Fi. Homeowners can now change their home’s temperature right from their phone, or set their desired temperature for different times of the day.
Ultimately, the best programmable thermostat will save you money by increasing your home’s comfort level.
What models are best?
There are two best wifi thermostats that really outperform the competition: Emerson Sensi and Ecobee3. Affordable yet powerful, these are the best of the best thermostats and they both make our list for the best programmable thermostat on the market today.
Here are the 2 Best Programmable Thermostat Reviews
The Sensi is everything you could want in a thermostat. This model is sleek and aesthetically pleasing, featuring a 5.9” wide display finished in white. The backlight of this model is blue and is a full digital display.
Don’t worry – the blue is light, and the numbers are easy to read.
Display Options at Your Fingers
The immediate display shows you everything you need to know about your home, including:
- Current system engaged (heating or cooling)
- Current inside temperature
There is also a neat time display, but this is of little importance. Three buttons located at the bottom of the screen allow you to control the thermostat partially, but you can also use the free accompanying app to unlock the true power of the Sensi.
The app is available for iOS and Android.
Through the app, you’ll be able to control your thermostat from your phone or tablet, and set up your Wi-Fi connection to interact with your thermostat anywhere you go.
Once connected to your app, you’ll be able to:
Customize Your Settings
There are 7-day functions that allow you to refine your schedule at all times. What can you do?
- Raise the heat when you leave for work.
- Lower the air 30 minutes before you come home.
- Shut the heat off while you’re away on vacation.
The schedule of the thermostat revolves around you. You can only set these schedules on the app – not on the wall interface itself.
Emerson Sensi Smart Thermostat reviews state that this model comes within 1 degree of your set temperature due to precision temperature monitoring.
Ecobee3 is one of my favorite thermostats. This model works for you – literally. If you don’t want to adjust settings, the Ecobee3 is the right choice. The reason that this thermostat is so highly praised is because of the way it works:
- Ecobee monitors the outside temperature to adjust your home’s temperature.
- Motion sensors scan your home for you and adjust temperatures when you’re away.
- Usage reports are given to tell you how much energy was consumed and when.
You can also connect directly to the thermostat via Wi-Fi and adjust the thermostat settings on-the-go.
If you want to save money on your electric bills, this is the right thermostat for you.
Forget to lower the heat when you left home? The built-in sensors will recognize when you’re not home, and lower the heat on your behalf. You’ll save more money thanks to the home/away feature.
This feature will even override your schedule if you’re not home, further saving you money.
Outdoor Temperature Monitoring
Smart in every sense, the Ecobee will monitor the outside temperature and make adjustments accordingly. If the temperature is going to be much hotter, the system will automatically adjust the air conditioning, so you never have to worry about walking into a sweltering home.
If you’re in that middle-season where one day it’s warm and the next its freezing, Ecobee will turn on the heat automatically to ensure you’re toasty warm when you get home.
Finally, the thermostat will monitor your entire HVAC system and alert you when it’s not operating properly.
The Ecobee3 is simply smart and takes the guess-work out of your home’s temperature settings.