Outfitting the home with home automation tools shouldn’t break the bank. Especially when it comes to selecting tools that have practical uses, like smart thermostats. Smart thermostats help users track heating and cooling systems, saving them money in the long-run. With Emerson’s Sensi smart thermostats, users save money purchasing the device itself.
Sensi is a WiFi enabled, programmable thermostat that is priced at $130. This is price-point is significantly lower than many thermostats on the market, notably Nest’s Learning Thermostat, which costs $249. Some users have even been able to find Sensi on Amazon for as low as $104.
Though Sensi isn’t equipped with a sleek design—the product slightly resembles a generic thermostat you’d find in the home—it does provide most important features a user would want in a smart thermostat. Here’s what you can expect.
Sensi operates similar to other thermostats, by receiving push alert notifications and working via smartphones. Users have been especially pleased with how the app is arranged and its button interface.
Then Sensi device is compatible with Amazon Alexa enabled devices, so users can deploy voice control technology to operate their thermostats. Sensi is slated to release a 2.0 model in the near future, which along with their Touchscreen version, will be compatible with Apple’s HomeKit. The system currently also integrated with Wink Smart Hub.
With Sensi, users will be able to tweak their home temperature using simple up and down arrows on their applications. Users can view the set temperature, actual temperature, humidity, and local forecasts all from their smartphone. The device can be switched to heat, cool, turned off, as well as turn fans to auto and on or off.
As with other smart thermostats, users can set custom schedules to fit their needs on any given day of the week, or they can program separate schedules for summer, winter, or if the family heads for a vacation.
Sensi can also send users email alerts to update them on temperature extremes, maintenance requirements, and usage details.
What Can Sensi Not Do?
Sensi is not capable of tracking home and away status to automatically change temperatures on behalf of the user. The thermostat does not have the advanced geofencing capabilities of other devices.
There is not algorithmic learning, no remote sensors, and generally, Sensi is more basic other devices on the market.
It also won’t be as compatible with home security products as some of the other thermostat options.
A Quick Note on Installation
To install the system, users need to make sure their wires are compatible.
Users will need to have basic familiarity with thermostat wiring. If they have trouble installing the system, they can reach out to Sensi’s team for support. Installation should not take longer than 30 minutes.
Is Sensi Worth It?
If you’re looking for a smart thermostat, but you don’t want to spend a large sum of money, Sensi meets all of your needs. All of the important features that should be available in a smart thermostat are available in Sensi, and the price is reasonable.
It’s Alexa integration is a good selling point, though it’s worth noting that Nest and Ecobee3 devices are both also compatible with Alexa. Sensi is simply the least expensive option to take advantage of the Alexa system.
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