4 tips for buying a smart thermostat…

4 tips for buying a smart thermostat…

Buying a smart thermostat is a good decision for both the environment and your budget, but be (ahem) smart when shopping.

Not all smart thermostats are alike. Nor are they always easy for a do-it-yourselfer to install.

Here are some suggestions from the Department of Energy: “Four main things to consider before purchasing a smart thermostat are Compatibility, Price, Installation and Connectivity.”

• Compatibility. Not all systems mesh, so be sure your smart thermostat will work with your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

• Price. Choices vary from basic to very expanded options. Get the smart thermostat that matches your budget and technical ability.

• Installation. Depending on your skill level, you can install it yourself or hire an HVAC technician.

• Connectivity. Keep the thermostat close to the wi-fi-router to prevent disconnections.