Thermostats have become an integral part in smart home automation. With smart thermostats, we can save energy while enjoying the comfort. Besides, they can be controlled using smartphones which adds to the convenience.
Smart thermostats can interact with the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system via its own network or using the home Wi-Fi network.
While there are sophisticated thermostats that carry a premium price tag but offer lot more features, there are affordable ones which have basic functionality.
Smart thermostats can be easily installed in half an hour and with intuitive app interface, activating these devices won’t take much time. For beginners looking to replace the standard thermostat with a smart one, here’s the top 3 thermostats for less than $150:
2gig CT100 Thermostat
2gig CT100 Thermostat shows the essential information in easily readable format on its touchscreen display. It is powered by four AA Alkaline batteries and a claimed lifetime of two years.
The thermostat is slim and with white wall decor, it fits seamlessly. Installation is easy and takes less than 30 minutes. Once installed, you can check the three modes: fan, heat and cool, by pressing the mode button on the front panel of the thermostat.
To conclude, for less than $100, the 2gig CT100 offers basic features that are easy to operate and recommended for those looking for a basic thermostat.
Trane Z-Wave Thermostat
Trane Z-Wave Thermostat features a 4.3-inch monochrome LCD touch screen with neatly laid out interface for adjusting room temperature, switching between Heat and Cool modes. The thermostat features remote temperature sensing option, energy saving mode and service test modes too. It is compatible with Nexia Home Intelligence but can also work with other Z-Wave controllers.
Trane thermostat can store up to four schedules for heating and cooling modes for 7 days. We can remotely adjust the room temperature and also receive alerts for maintenance and humidifier service reminder alerts when connected with web-enabled devices.
Installation and connecting with Nexia Home Intelligence can be done in a few steps and takes less than 30 minutes. After scheduling the desired heat and cool settings, the only thing that will bother are the maintenance reminders. Overall, Trane Z-Wave Thermostat is a good ‘’value for money’’ purchase for less than $100.
Evolve T-100R Residential Thermostat
Evolve T-100R Residential Thermostat is compatible with Z-Wave controllers like Vera and can be configured for 4 schedules a day and programmable for 7 days. The manual controls allow us to change temperature, turn ON/OFF, access the three system modes Auto, Heat, Cool. There’s a fan mode too, with High, Low and Auto options. It can pair with two remote sensors.
Installation and setup won’t take much time as it uses standard thermostat connections. We can set service alerts by settings service intervals like 3000 hours. Once the alert appear, we can go to the settings and reset the alerts.
Evolve T-100R can replace any standard thermostat and help you save energy costs. With Z-Wave connectivity, the device can be controlled in the Z-Wave mesh. And for about $100, the Evolve T-100R is recommended for those looking to buy a smart thermostat.