November 24, 2015
If you want to give a non-traditional gift that will truly surprise someone, think about giving a Smart Thermostat. They’re hot technology, very practical, and can even help save money. You can’t get much better than that!
Best feature: Great at regulating air quality in addition to air temperature.
Best for: People sensitive to humidity. Families with larger houses.
Unit design: A tad boxy but still sleek. Grey.
Cost: $495 + Installation changes
The scoop: In addition to controlling air quality, the Infinity Control is one of the most sophisticated models on the market. It can provide the most control. For example, it can maintain different temperatures in different areas of the house, which is handy for families.
Best feature: Information. Cor is great at helping you make better energy decisions.
Best for: Your stingy relative. That friend who really loves technology.
Unit design: Modern, cutting-edge. Black.
Cost: $250 + Installation charges
The scoop: Cor is for data lovers. If you know someone that lives to save money, they’ll love Cor. It provides customizable charts that can detail everything from your ongoing energy costs to comparisons to your community. It even provides hints for cutting back.
Best feature: Learns your habits and programs itself.
Best for: Your parents. People who don’t like to mess with technology.
Unit design: Modern, casual. Black.
The scoop: The Nest is considered a hands-off smart thermostat. For the first three weeks after you install it, you just change the temperature as you come and go. It’ll pick up on the pattern and replicate it for you, so you don’t have to set it anymore. If you make adjustments, it’ll learn those, too.
Best feature: Color-changing display makes it blend in.
Best for: Design sensitive friends. Older relatives.
Unit design: Traditional design. Color changing screen. Grey unit.
The scoop: The WiFi Smart Thermostat has many of the same features as the rest, but also offers a customizable screen that you can set to the color of your wall to help it blend in. It can also learn from your behavior and set itself. Its large screen may be easier for elderly homeowners to use.
Best feature: Learns your schedule very quickly.
Best for: Your busiest friends and family.
Unit design: Circular, beveled design. White.
The scoop: The Lyric is an incredibly smart thermostat. Similar to the Nest, its best feature is its learning capability. It’ll learn your schedule as you use it and then run with it. Paired with the right heating and cooling system, it can also notify you when your system needs help, like a filter change.
So, which one is right for your special someone?
If you still have questions, we’re happy to help. Also, we can install smart thermostats for you. Give us a call at (800) 506-6194 or contact us online.
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