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Geofencing is a feature offered in most of the smart thermostat models like Nest, Ecobee & other popular thermostats. ‘Geofencing’ feature in a thermostat tracks the homeowner’s location (via GPS in his/her smartphone) and adjusts the thermostat settings based on the location (away/home). In this article, we write about geofencing thermostats – those smart thermostats like Nest, Ecobee, Emerson Sensi, Mysa (line volt), which offer the geofencing feature. What is geofencing? Nowadays owning a smartphone is no big deal and hence most of us have one. The GPS feature of such phones helps in tracking your location. This is smartly used by some smart thermostats to deliver optimum performance in terms of reduction in energy consumption through a feature called “geofencing”. Geofencing can be imagined as a virtual fence around your home, the diameter of which you can set. Geofencing thermostats are those when linked to your smartphone use the…

Google Home – is a smart home automation hub which can interconnect different smart gadgets like your smart TV, smart Lights, smart Thermostats and other devices. Once paired, you can control any smart gadget using your voice through Google Home hub. You can initiate many actions with your voice, say play Youtube videos on your smart TV, change temperature setting on your smart thermostat, turn ON/OFF your smart lights, well the possibilities are endless. In this article, we feature Google Home Thermostats – which are nothing but the popular smart/WiFi thermostats compatible with Google Home hub. Google Home is powered by Google Assistant – which is an AI (artificial intelligence) based smart personal assistant program from Google. If you’ve ever used an android phone, you should be familiar with Google Assistant already. Analyzing your voice and deciding the correct action to take based on your voice is the prime duty…

“Honeywell” – is a name synonymous with every household in USA, as they have a wide range of home automation products for different purposes. If you recall correctly, Honeywell was the #1 market leader in “thermostats” 10 years ago (for a very long period), until the arrival of Nest and Ecobee. Unlike new generation companies like Nest & Ecobee, Honeywell has a very wide range of thermostat models – serving line voltage heating systems and low voltage systems alike. They also have thermostat models suitable for different budget, starting from as low as 30 USD (basic programmable thermostat). In this guide, we are reviewing “Honeywell RTH9585WF” – which is one of the best selling WiFi thermostat model suitable for low voltage (24 volts) systems like central furnace, boilers or heat pumps. A little background story! Honeywell RTH9585WF is actually a newer version of its best selling predecessor Honeywell RTH9580WF, with…

If you’ve read our article on “Homekit Thermostats”, you should already know about the innovations happening in the home automation industry. The “Big 3” tech giants – Apple, Amazon and Google compete each other with its own flagship home automation hubs – Homekit, Alexa (with Amazon Echo) and Google Home respectively. If you’re still wondering what is a home automation hub – this is simply a smart device which interconnects different smart gadgets together into a single hub. You can then control each connected device using your voice or internet (using mobile apps/browser) as you like. In this article we write about Alexa Thermostats – which are basically thermostats compatible with Amazon Alexa. Before reviewing Alexa thermostats, let’s learn a bit about Alexa and how it functions. For Alexa to work perfectly, you’ll need an Alexa enabled device in your home. There are many devices with built in Amazon Alexa like…

“HomeKit” – the smart home hub from Apple, is one of the most popular home automation hubs in the USA.  The “Big 3” tech giants – Apple, Google, and Amazon compete with each other in the “smart home” space. Amazon has “Alexa and Echo”,  Google has “Google Home” and Apple has “HomeKit”. All of them are equally popular among the households in the USA. In this article, we write about homekit thermostat models – thermostats that can be controlled using Apple homekit. Apple HomeKit is – #1 in popularity among all the 3 models, as it goes well with people owning the “Apple Ecosystem” – with iPhone, iPad, Mac, iTunes, and the Apple watch. If you use more than one Apple product, “HomeKit” should be your obvious smart home hub choice. In this article, we write about HomeKit thermostat models – where we list out different thermostats compatible with the Apple…

When you hear the words “smart thermostat”,  the first two names that comes to your mind is either Nest or Ecobee.  Nest enjoyed an unrivaled market leadership in smart thermostats for a long period as they were the pioneers. After a few years, Ecobee came with a couple of outstanding smart thermostat models to take share from Nest. Now Emerson has a really good smart thermostat model – “Sensi Touch”  under its ‘sensi’ series of thermostats.  Emerson is a very reputed company manufacturing automation products and has a legacy of 128 years in business. Let’s go deep to know more about Emerson Sensi Touch – Smart Thermostat. The identification of this model is Sensi ST75. Emerson Sensi Touch Smart Thermostat (ST75) The key highlight about Emerson Sensi ST75 is that it offers all essential features of a smart thermostat on a budget price. Sensi ST75 offers all major features of…

We used to live in a “wired” world before, but things are changing and we are heading towards a “wireless” world now. The internet changed our world like none has ever dreamed. We live in a “highly connected” world now, that you can control your home in Washington DC sitting in Miami beach! The first internet-connected WiFi thermostat was Nest smart thermostat – which was released in 2011. Later Ecobee and Honeywell came up with WiFi-enabled thermostat models in the market. In this guide, we review WiFi thermostats or wireless thermostats which can be controlled over internet using mobile apps. Why Go for a WiFi Thermostat? Benefits of WiFi Thermostat #Control from anywhere – A WiFi thermostat can be controlled through the internet from anywhere in the world.  Set/change the temperature, turn the thermostat ON/OFF, set a new program/schedule – you can do this all while you’re away using your smartphone. #Accurate Weather Prediction – A WiFi thermostat (when connected to the internet) fetches local weather information from the…

Ecobee currently has three smart thermostat models available in the market – the newly released Ecobee SmartThermostat, the most popular Ecobee 4 and the budget friendly Ecobee 3 Lite. In this guide, we review all the Ecobee smart thermostats and compare the new Ecobee SmartThermostat vs Ecobee3 Lite vs Ecobee4 – the best selling thermostat models from Ecobee.  Out of these three models, the newly released Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control is the full featured model featuring an upgraded hardware and software from its predecessor Ecobee 4. The new model has all the features of Ecobee 4  like built in Amazon Alexa for voice control, geofencing, extra room sensor, WiFi capability, and more useful features. Ecobee 3 Lite is the budget model smart thermostat (a trimmed version of high end model) which has all essential features needed for a smart thermostat but not as good as Ecobee 4 Ecobee SmartThermostat…

Can you imagine a life without a smartphone and your favorite apps? Well, we all live in times where mobile apps have greater importance in our life than we really think. And that’s why we see innovative “smart gadgets” around us from smart lights to smart doorbells – all of which can be controlled via apps installed in our smartphones. Thermostats are one of the first gadgets that became “truly smart” when Nest released the world’s first smart thermostat in 2007. Nowadays all smart thermostats can be controlled via smartphone apps – be it an iphone or android phone. In this guide, we write about smartphone thermostats – which are basically thermostat models that can be controlled via apps installed in smartphones. We can also call them internet thermostats or internet-controlled thermostats – as the whole control is facilitated over the internet. Apps are made available in Google Play Store and…