Video: Buying Guide For Programmable Thermostats

See which smart thermostat is right for you and your smart home system.

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Keeping your home cool in the summer and warm during the winter months—without running up your utility bill—is a challenge for most home owners. Consumers want to be comfortable when they're at home, but they'realso trying to figure out how to do this without incurring a big expense. One way is to get a smart or programmable thermostat.

Programmable thermostat can help owners control their home environment all from their smartphone, tablet or computer. Plus, smart thermostats can help you save energy and money. Below is a video we put together to help consumers see what these new programmable thermostats can do, while providing a couple of options if you are in the market to buy one.

Please keep in mind when selecting a programmable thermostat: It is important to buy one that is compatible with your smart home system or other connected devices in your home (such as your lights, home security system or leak detectors). How do you do that? Find out which wireless protocol your other devices currently use, and purchase a smart thermostat that works on that same protocol do you can connect them all together. For more help in understanding wireless protocols, check out From B to Z: How Your Smart Home Speaks Wireless.

For more in-depth information on smart thermostats, you can check out GearBrain's Best Smart Thermostats For Any Budget and Smart Energy Tips For Your Wallet.

Also, if you need help installing a smart thermostat, you can visit to find a local trusted professional to help you.

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