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Ambit Energy Reviews Five Smart Thermostats

Posted by: Anna | 07/08/2015 at 03:53 PM


With so many smart thermostats on the market, sorting through all the options can make shopping a challenge. At Ambit Energy, we understand how overwhelming it can be to keep up with product reviews when you make a purchase. We want to help you navigate through the clutter of countless reviews, so we researched and compiled a list of leading smart thermostats for you to consider.

Smart thermostats appeal to homeowners because of their ability to help lower energy costs and provide the convenience of automation. By tracking and controlling the temperature in your home, you will undoubtedly feel more comfortable. Smart thermostats are also growing in popularity. In fact, more than 24 million homes in the United States will have one installed by 2019, according to a report by Berg Insight.

We relied on information and reviews using reputable resources such as Consumer Reports, PC Magazine and CNET to generate the list of thermostats below. Thanks to these resources, we’ve laid out an unbiased comparison of the smart thermostats on the market.

Ambit Energy Reviews:

Ecobee 3

  • Retail price: $249
  • This innovative product helps you control temperatures in different rooms throughout your home. The Ecobee 3 is a touchscreen device that uses Wi-Fi enabled sensors to remotely monitor the temperature and motion in different areas. Sensors detect when you enter or leave a room, which enables the thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically.
  • You can have up to 32 remote sensors to maximize comfort. The product comes with one sensor, and any additional sensors can be purchased in pairs. Like other smart thermostats, you can control the Ecobee 3 from your smartphone or tablet. The Ecobee 3 received high marks from CNET for its features, usability, design and performance. The product was picked as an Editor’s Choice by PC Magazine.

Honeywell Lyric

  • Retail price: $249.99
  • The Honeywell Lyric is a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat that relies on your phone’s location services, or geofencing, to enhance energy efficiency when you leave your home. This intelligent thermostat knows when you’re in your house based on your smart phone’s location. You can control the Lyric from an iOS or Android smartphone app.
  • While you program Lyric to maintain the desired temperature when you’re in the house, it starts to conserve energy the second you leave. The thermostat also has a Fine Tune feature, which monitors the outdoor weather conditions and adjusts the temperature inside your home accordingly. This smart thermostat has received positive reviews from both CNET and PC Magazine.

Nest Learning Thermostat

  • Retail price: $249
  • Since its debut in 2011, Google’s Nest has received consistent favorable reviews for its ease of use, beautiful design and learning capabilities. PC Magazine picked the Nest as an Editor’s Choice. The Nest doesn’t have to be programmed because it has an auto-scheduling feature, which learns a homeowner’s temperature preferences. Nest can quickly pick up on temperature settings preferred by the homeowner and adjusts the temperature automatically on its own. This sophisticated thermostat also detects whether or not you’re home.
  • You don’t need a Wi-Fi connection to use Nest. But if you do use Wi-Fi, Google offers additional features through its Nest apps. You can manage Nest from an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet. The Nest also integrates well with other smart home devices.

Trane XL824 Connected Control

  • Retail price: $333.95
  • PC Magazine’s review noted XL824 Connected Control’s “spacious, full-color touch display” along with its ease of installation and many scheduling options. This Wi-Fi thermostat enables you to regulate and set your heating and cooling systems from your PC, tablet or smartphone. The thermostat is also compatible with more than 200 Z-Wave products.
  • The XL 824 allows you to program temperatures for several days out. If you’re traveling, you can have the system deliver temperature notifications via text or email, switch lights on or off and more. The thermostat is available with a free basic subscription. However, there is a monthly cost if you want to use it as a hub for Z-Wave devices.

American Standard AccuLink AZone950

  • Retail price: $450
  • The AccuLink AZone950 was a top pick by Consumer Reports. With ease of use as its main criteria, the Acculink AZone 950 performed well. Consumer Reports was impressed with its extensive touchscreen display as well as its user-friendly controls. Additionally, American Standard makes it easy to access the thermostat remotely. This smart thermostat uses American Standard’s AccuLink Communicating System.

We hope Ambit Energy’s review of smart thermostats can help you make your buying decision. Although they can be expensive, smart thermostats are a wise investment as they can help lower utility bills and conserve energy over time.

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