Get a Smart Thermostat in 2022
When it comes to your home’s heating system, we understand efficiency and user-friendly management are key aspects that one should consider.
In terms of having an efficient heating system, we already mentioned in our last blog post that a gas boiler is a preferrable option over an oil boiler.
But what about the use of your boiler? Can you save money if you manage your heating correctly? The answer is yes. If you want to know how, just continue reading.
If you’re looking to save money, energy and smarten-up your home, changing your old-fashioned thermostat is a good place to start.
Smart thermostats have been around since 2011, and they not only manage your heating and/or cooling, but they are also equiped with Wi-Fi, sensors and complex algorithms to learn your preferences and dynamics around the house.
Here at Total Water Works we offer you a review of the best 3 smart thermostat to get in 2022 in relation to your needs.
Which one to choose?
Not all smart thermostats offer the same features. They vary their programming options and price ranges. Some of them are designed to be compatible with other smart devices of the same brand. Here is our ranking of the top 3 smart thermostats for different purposes and situations:
1. Google Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation) – The best overall
The Google Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation) comes in different finishes and we find its circular and simplistic design very appealing.
Its setup is really simple, as long as you have a compatible system. It can work with 5-wire setups and some 4-wire setups. If you don’t know wheather your boiler is compatible or not, please contact us.
Once it’s installed, this thermostat is connected to the Wi-Fi network of your home. This feature allows you to connect your phone to your thermostat via the Nest App and operate it from the distance (even when you’re away!)
It has a movement sensor and can detect when you’re away and the house doesn’t need heating. So don’t worry if you forget to turn your heating off before leaving, this thermostat will do it for you. Nest also takes in consideration how long it takes to get the house to the right temperature and it gradually learns your heating preferences to make adjustments that will ultimately save energy (and money).
Being part of Google, this thermostat has excellent compatibility with all Google Home devices, and most smart phones and smart watches on the market.
2. Hive Active Heating Thermostat – A cheaper option, but still with good features
There are many similarities between Nest and Hive. Both have geolocation and both will detect when you return to the house to start the heating. However, Hive doesn’t have a motion sensor, so this feature is purely based on your GPS location of your phone.
You can schedule both to a “holiday mode”, which activates the heating when you’re away to prevent pipes from freezing if necessary.
However, this thermostat doesn’t have the ability to “learn” your home heating habits, and it’s not compatible with heat pumps or biomass boilers. If you are unsure weather your boiler is compatible with the Hive Active Thermostat, contact us.
Another difference with the Nest is the exterior design. The Hive Thermostat presents a square and less-futuristic design than its cousin from Google. The importance of the exterior design of your device comes down to personal preference.
As you can see, the Hive Thermostat has minor limitations against the Google Nest, but it is still a very good option to manage your heating system. The price of the device reflects these small differences, being more affordable.