You may or may not be familiar with a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat is an improved form of the thermostat. Like a general thermostat, a smart one also deals with controlling and managing air conditioning and heating in your home.

It can also work with the home automation system. You can actually access and control indoor temperatures using these. In addition to this, a smart thermostat may also have some additional features like Wi-Fi connectivity, sensors, etc.

Why do I need to purchase a smart thermostat?

You can manage the temperature of circulating air using a smart thermostat by just using a web browser or your smartphone or also with your voice in some devices. So it is undoubtedly super convenient. Some smart thermostats are now facing the game by learning your temperature adjustments.

So that they can adjust automatically to a suitable temperature depending upon whether you are home or outside or what temperature do you normally prefer. This is probably the best ever feature.

A quick buying guide!

Well! A smart thermostat can be tricky to purchase. If you are new to a smart thermostat then you would be probably finding out a way to get the best device for your home. Your problem got solved because here we have a smart, quick and easy buying guide to purchase a smart thermostat. It will probably take a few minutes.

Programmable and Non-connected thermostat

If you want a simple programmable thermostat then you do not need to spend your money on a smart one. A non- connected thermostat means that it is not connected to WiFi and so you cannot operate it when you are away from home.

As this thermostat does not have any additional functionality, therefore, it is less costly as compared to a smart thermostat. But if you want to enjoy those features like controlling it from almost everywhere and let it learn your adjustment habits then you have to switch to a smart thermostat.

Figure out your wiring system

Before purchasing a thermostat, you have to consider which wiring system you are currently having in your home. This is because the simple programmable non-connected thermostat just requires less number of low voltage wires.

In fact, 2 low-voltage wires would be sufficient for such thermostats. On the other hand, if you want to fix a smart thermostat, you need to have C-wiring or common wiring in your home. These wires can easily provide continuous power and support for features like WiFi.

Do not have a C-wire system? Here’s what you can do!

If you do not have a C-wiring system but need to install a smart thermostat then you can choose one of the steps below to make it happen.

Check out the specifications of the smart thermostat before purchasing it and see which device does not require a C-wiring system. For example, Emerson and Nest smart thermostats do not require a C-wire system.

  • Install a proper C-wire system in your home.
  • You can also use an adapter called the add-a-wire adapter which is basically a third-party adapter. You can attach your C-wiring with it.
  • Some companies also come up with a power extender or power adapter so that you can add the C-wiring system to your current wiring system. E.g. Ecobee provides a power adapter in addition to a smart thermostat.

Consider your current heating system

The type of heating system you have will definitely affect your decision to buy the right thermostat for your home. If your home has a multi-stage heating system then you have to choose thermostat accordingly because some smart thermostats can only work with 2–3 stage heating.

There are also other smart thermostats that can work with and support more than 3 stages of heating system. So choose the right one for your home.

Proper WiFi connection is required

In case you decided to have a smart thermostat that has all additional features of controlling it from almost anywhere with WiFi you need to consider whether you have a proper WiFi connection in your home or not. In addition, your WiFi must be efficient enough to send reports on your smartphones in no time.

You also need to have a fast efficient WiFi network system when you want to adjust your home temperature from a distant place. The WiFi network system must work properly throughout your entire house. So make sure to install or upgrade the WiFi network system before getting a smart thermostat.

Observer Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system

Before installing a smart thermostat you need to observe what Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system is working in your house. For example, in case if you have separate HVAC systems for heating and cooling, you have to have separate smart thermostats for both heating and cooling systems.

Also, you need to consider the zones in which you have to use smart thermostats i.e. you may have to use different smart thermostats for different zones.

Therefore you need to take into account these points while purchasing a new and best smart thermostat for your home. Make sure you make your decision wisely before spending money in installing the complete system.

Author's Bio: 

Marina Pal is a renowned author and social media enthusiast.