When it comes to making your thermostat smarter, your choices are limited. You can opt for a Nest , which is the champion of smart thermostats but also owned by Google, which means it presumably snaps up crucial information about you and your home habits. You can opt for a "smart" thermostat from traditional thermostat makers like Honeywell, but will be stuck with a device that lacks all the cool algorithms and slick features of the Nest. Or you can spend a little extra and get an Ecobee, which uses algorithms like a Nest does, works with every major smart home hub, including Apple Home, which Nest does not, and actually secures your data. Advertisement You can see why I decided to try out the latter. I've found myself happily ushered into a smart home future that will hopefully keep my air conditioner uptime under control, but I've also discovered some annoying limitations. The $250 Ecobee SmartThermostat is one of my favorite gadgets in my new home, but I'm still not sure how much money I'm actually saving. Savings is the real appeal of a smart thermostat. They're meant to better learn your behaviors so they can run less when… Read full this story
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