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A Guide to Smart Thermostats
in Amarillo, Texas

  1. What is the Best Smart Thermostat?

  2. What to Know Before You Buy

  3. Can I Install a Smart Thermostat on my Own?

  4. What's the Difference for Each Price Tier?

  5. Contact Us Today


Smart thermostats, where to start? There are so many options, but which one is the right smart thermostat for you? That is where we at 1-800-Plumber +Air & Electric comes in. We are here to hopefully answer all your questions about what a smart thermostat is, what it does, and how it can enhance and make your life easier. Contact Us now if you have any questions or would like to get a smart thermostat installed.

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What is the Best Smart Thermostat?

That is an open-ended question, and that comes down to you. Each smart thermostat comes with their own unique programs and what they can do. A smart thermostat can do the thinking for you, so you don't have to worry about making it cooler or warmer in your house.

It can learn your schedule, turn itself down when no one is home, and can also balance the temperature around your house.

Most smart thermostats can be connected to your smart home, like Alexa, Apple Homepod and the like, keeping you connected together in one app to be able to control your home wherever you are.



What to Know Before You Buy


All models do not work with every system. Systems with whole house heat-pumps, dehumidifiers, and ventilations systems will mostly only work with the higher-end smart thermostat models. It is always best to check the thermostats company's compatibility online before purchasing.


If you have more than one climate-controlled zone, you will need a separate smart thermostat for that area. Even with all the different sensors, for each climate controlled area, you will need it's own smart thermostat.


The other thing to be aware of is your wiring, we at 1-800-Plumber +Air & Electric can answer all your questions about wiring, but you should be aware before you make a purchase what kind of wiring you have. If your current thermostat's wiring does not include a C wire (most of the time it is blue) you will have to choose which smart thermostat carefully to make sure it is compatible. If your thermostat only has two wires, you do not have a C-wire. But luckily that is where we come in and can upgrade your system to make it compatible for whichever choice you make. Contact Us now



Can I Install a Smart Thermostat on my Own?


If you are a strong DIY type, you can, and there are probably instructions with the Smart Thermostat you bought. And if you do decide to do it on your own, make sure to turn off your HVAC system at the breaker panel, and then double check that you turned off the breaker. Some HVAC systems have multiple breakers.

Some older model battery-powered thermostats may still appear to be on even after you have turned off all the breakers. We recommend that if you are installing it on your own, try to turn your system on. If your thermostat is still lit up like it is on, wait and listen to hear if your system kicks on and double check that everything is actually off.

If this all sounds overwhelming. We are here for you and can get your smart thermostat installed in no time and get your house connected to your smart home.



What's the Difference for Each Price Tier?


The price can vary from $100 all the way up to $850 so there is a smart thermostat for everyone, and it really comes down to what functions you want, below is some information on some of our favorite smart thermostats.

The Google Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen)


A thermostat made by Google. The starting price is $249, but the cost increases for temperature sensors and voice control.


Nest Learning Thermostat:


One of the things we like a lot about the Nest is the HVAC monitoring system. It can help you catch many system issues early, and help you find the help you need.

It has helpful maintenance reminders, for when it's time to replace your air filters.

You can control it from anywhere, it can light up when you walk in the room. It can show you the temperature or the time, and you can even choose if you want it to be digital or analog.

One of our other favorite things is there is a color for everyone. So no matter what color your walls are, or what your decor is. There is a Nest to match your unique style.

The Ecobee Thermostat


All of ecobee thermostats are thoughtfully designed with features that bring you comfort at home and control from anywhere. Below we will highlight the different models and price points for the ecobee thermostat.


Ecobee Lite:

  • $169.99

  • Save 23%* on annual energy costs

  • ENERGY STAR® certified

  • Control with the ecobee app

  • Apple HomeKit + more integrations

  • Compatible with SmartSensor

  • Learns and adapts to your routine with eco+

  • Pause HVAC system when doors and windows open


Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control:

  • $249.99

  • Save 26%* on annual energy costs

  • ENERGY STAR® certified

  • Control with the ecobee app

  • Apple HomeKit + more integrations

  • SmartSensor included in the box - occupancy detection to manage temperature automatically

  • Alexa Built-in

  • Spotify & Bluetooth streaming

  • Hands-free calling & intercom

  • Supports HVAC accessories

  • Learns and adapts to your routine with eco+

  • Pause HVAC system when doors and windows open


Honeywell T9 Smart Thermostat with Sensor

Honeywell T9 Smart Thermostat with Sensor:

  • $199.99

  • Adjust the temperature in specific rooms

  • Control from anywhere on the Honeywell app

  • Alerts if air falls below or above your threshold and reminders to change the air filter

  • Will automatically adjust the temperature when you're away

  • Motion detection that can detect when people are sitting in a room or just passing through

  • Works with Alexa, Hey Google, IFTTT, Cortana


The Nest Thermostat

Another Google Product with the basics and a little more cost effective.


The Nest Thermostat:

  • $129

  • You can set a schedule in the app

  • App suggests tweaks in heating/cooling schedule to save money

  • Turns itself down when you are away

  • Control from anywhere

  • Voice control with Google speaker (sold separately)

Honeywell RTH8580WF Wi-Fi Thermostat

  • Ranges from $58 - $70

  • Automatically senses when it needs to cool or heat

  • Can set a schedule of when to heat or cool to save money

  • Can be controlled from the app on a smartphone


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Have you found the best smart thermostat for you but need help installing it? Have questions on whether or not it will work with your system? Our professional, licensed technicians can help! Contact Us today!



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