Works With: Amazon Alexa/Echo, Google Home
Nest Labs Learning Thermostat debuted in 2011 and was an immediate game changer ⏤ so much so that Google eventually bought the company. Now in its third generation, it only takes the Nest a couple of days to learn your schedule before automatically adjusting the temperature based on your comings and goings. It uses geofencing to turn down the heat when you leave, looks fetching on the wall, and claims to have “saved people an average of 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.” One of the Nest’s only downsides is it doesn’t work with Apple Homekit.
Mysa Smart Thermostat
Works With: Amazon Alexa/Echo, Google Home, Google Home, Apple Homekit
The idea behind Mysa is that by equipping different areas of your home with multiple Mysa thermostats, you create zones that can be heated or cooled independently to save money. Mysa learns your schedule and keeps the playroom warm before bed but turns it down when the lights go out ⏤ a feature that is especially useful for large homes in which certain areas may not be in use around the clock. Mysa offers a comprehensive approach to home heating a home but requires buying several units and may call for a little extra electrical work.