The smart home revolution has started. Homeowners are looking for innovative solutions to improve the 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. Based on your budget and taste, there should be a suitable option for you.

First, you must determine what type of heating system you have.

Do I have High-voltage or Low-voltage Heating?

For a more detailed analysis, we’ve written a blog that clearly defines the differences.  

The majority of homes in North America run on low voltage heating/cooling systems like furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and central air. These systems run on 24V circuits that power the thermostats.  If you do have one of these heating systems, then ecobee, Nest, and Honeywell Lyric are compatible with your home. Since these thermostats are designed for 24V electric heating, the installation process is relatively safe and many homeowners perform it themselves. For more information on these alternatives, you can see reviews or visit ecobee, Nest, and Honeywell.

 

On the other hand, high-voltage electric heat makes up a substantial minority of heating systems: one in three homes has a high voltage heating system in Canada. In the US, one in 10 homes uses high voltage heating. It’s most prevalent in the northern States and provinces in Canada, like British Columbia, Quebec, and Newfoundland & Labrador. The further North you get, the more likely you are to rely on some sort of high voltage heating system.

Smart Thermostat Quick Comparison Guide

Type of Heating
Pricing
Power
Wi-Fi
Mobile App
Web Access
Smart Learning
Geo-Fencing
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with Google Assistant
Works with Apple Homekit
Works with IFTTT
Works with Smart Things
High Voltage
Warranty
Nest Learning Thermostat
Central heating and cooling (Low voltage)
$329 CAD
$249 USD
Wired/Battery
-
-
-
2 Yrs
Type of Heating
Pricing
Power
Wi-Fi
Mobile App
Web Access
Smart Learning
Geo-Fencing
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with Google Assistant
Works with Apple Homekit
Works with IFTTT
Works with Smart Things
High Voltage
Warranty
Ecobee 4
Central heating and cooling (Low voltage)
$329 CAD
$249 USD
Battery/Wired
-
-
3 Yrs
Type of Heating
Pricing
Power
Wi-Fi
Mobile App
Web Access
Smart Learning
Geo-Fencing
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with Google Assistant
Works with Apple Homekit
Works with IFTTT
Works with Smart Things
High Voltage
Warranty
Honeywell Lyric Round Smart Thermostat
Central heating and cooling (Low voltage)
$199
Battery/Wired
-
-
-
1 Yr
Type of Heating
Pricing
Power
Wi-Fi
Mobile App
Web Access
Smart Learning
Geo-Fencing
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with Google Assistant
Works with Apple Homekit
Works with IFTTT
Works with Smart Things
High Voltage
Warranty
Mysa
Baseboards (High voltage)
$139
Wired
-
-
2 Yrs

Since the Nest Learning Thermostat launched in 2011, smart thermostats have increasingly become much more commonplace and an integral part of many home heating setups. Not only do they help lower your energy bill, but they also (to varying extents) take advantage of modern smart home systems and virtual assistants. As the smart home market grows and more people realize that energy usage can be managed with these devices, the market will continue to grow to include more solutions to suit different consumer needs. The comparison charts show how this already happening. As you can see above, the Mysa Smart Thermostat is the only true smart thermostat for homes with high voltage heating. If you have electric baseboard heaters or fan-forced heaters and you’re ready to join the smart home revolution, you can order Mysa today!


We’ve developed the Mysa Smart Thermostat for the homeowners that need a line voltage thermostat for their high voltage heating systems. Our company combines a sleek design with innovative software to help users maximize their energy savings. The most common high voltage system is electric baseboard heaters, but you can also find fan-forced heaters and in-floor heating in many homes. Although installation is simple, there are 120V or 240V flowing through your wires – so we highly recommend consulting an electrician.

No matter your needs, there’s something on the market to help you.