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Top 5 Programmable Thermostats

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How to Choose the Best One

If you still don’t have a programmable thermostat, our Downingtown heating company recommends you consider getting one. A programmable thermostat lets you control the temperature of your home, even when you’re not there. This means that you can turn down your heat or air conditioning when no one is home and save money on your energy bills.

These days, there are several programmable thermostats and even “smart” thermostats available, so we’ve listed some of the highest rated ones:

 

NEST LEARNING THERMOSTAT

Perhaps the biggest name in thermostats lately, Nest actually “learns” your energy usage habits, which means it’ll adapt to your lifestyle without you having to program it. It comes with three heating stages and two cooling stages to gradually raise or lower the temperature in your home, and it can also be controlled through wi-fi or an app on your phone, making it convenient to adjust the temperature if your plans change.

Retail price: $249.00

HONEYWELL LYRIC

Also equipped with three heating stages and two cooling stages, Lyric boats high-quality temperature control technology that adjusts your thermostat within one degree of your target temperature. Lyric also comes with its own phone app and with excellent customer support via email, live chat, and phone. It also comes equipped with sensors like humidity, motion, and weather conditions to make temperatures more accurate.

Retail price: $279.00

ECOBEE 3

This thermostat is Toronto-based Ecobee’s third product in its line of smart thermostats,and it’s by far the best one. The Ecobee 3 is easy to install and boasts a full four heating stages and two cooling stages to bring your home up to the right temperature. It also has remote, motion and humidity sensors along with a three-year warranty. In addition, you can control the thermostat from a phone app or the website.

Retail price: $249.00

HONEYWELL WI-FI SMART

Like Nest, the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart thermostat “learns” your energy usage habits and adjusts to them without you having to program it. It also has a larger display than many competitors that shows you the date, time, indoor and outdoor temperatures, and humidity level. Like the Lyric, the Wi-Fi Smart will adjust your thermostat within one degree of your target temperature, but it has only two heating stages and two cooling stages.

Retail price: $249.00

RADIO THERMOSTAT CT-80

Radio’s CT-80 thermostat has a large touch screen for easy programming and an adjustable geofencing feature that takes into account your smartphone’s location. It’s also the only thermostat in this list that has a temperature swing of a mere 0.5 degrees. The CT-80 uses multiple sensors along with outdoor weather conditions to adjust your home’s temperature and comes with one-touch override if you decide you want to change your schedule.

Retail price: $239.00