The smart home revolution has begun. Homeowners everywhere are actively searching for innovative solutions to improve the overall energy efficiency of their residence.
Since home heating accounts for a significant portion of energy consumption, wifi-enabled smart thermostats have quickly grown in popularity. There are many options when it comes to choosing the right smart thermostat for your home. Based on your budget, home heating system, and taste, we’re here to help you find a suitable option.
The first step is determining what type of heating system you have.
Do I have High-voltage or Low-voltage Heating?
Most smart thermostats are built to work with a specific type of home heating system. Low voltage and high voltage heating systems work differently and therefore require unique smart thermostats designed to handle their particular energy demands.
Check out our blog post that clearly defines the differences between low voltage and high voltage heating to help you definitively answer this very important question.
Smart Thermostats Designed for Low Voltage Heating
The majority of homes in North America run on low voltage heating/cooling systems including furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and central air. These systems run on 24V circuits that power the thermostats. If you have low voltage heating, Ecobee, Nest, and Honeywell Lyric smart thermostats are all compatible with your home. For more information, check out their online reviews or visit the Ecobee, Nest, or Honeywell websites for product specifications and installation demonstrations.
Smart Thermostats Designed for High Voltage Heating
While low voltage heating dominates North American homes, there is still a substantial number of homes in Canada and the US that are high voltage. In fact, one in three Canadian homes, and one in 10 homes in the US use a high voltage heating system.
High voltage heating systems are most prevalent in Canadian provinces and northern American states, including British Columbia, Quebec, and Washington. The further north you go, the more likely you are to rely on a high voltage heating system.