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Honeywell Lyric Smart Thermostat
Nest, now owned by Google, may have been the first to release a smart thermostat to mass market, but Honeywell has decades of experience in thermostat engineering and design.
Aside from smart learning capabilities and remote smartphone control, Honeywell's competitive offering, the Lyric ($235 street), provides the following features:
- Geofencing automatically regulates temperature when you’re away.
- Fine Tune considers temperature and humidity.
- Smart Cues keep you informed.
- Shortcuts create custom settings for recurring events.
- Motion-sensing display lights up on approach.
- Control the system from anywhere with your smart devices.
Aros smart window-mount air conditioner
If you have a small apartment or don't have central air conditioning, you can still reap the benefits of automatic and smart climate control. A partnership between GE and Quirky has released the 8000 BTU Aros window-mounted smart air conditioner, which streets at about $270.
ClimateMaster Geothermal Heating & Air Conditioning Systems
If you're looking to cool as well as heat your home in the most energy-efficient way possible, look no further than ClimateMaster's geothermal systems.
Geothermal HVAC systems use the stable, 55-degree temperature only a few feet underground to exchange heat, so they can be up to 80 percent more energy efficient than a traditional air conditioning and heating system.
In addition to being greener than their traditional counterparts, geothermal systems can provide hot water and also heat driveways to melt snow during the winter. They also have a longer operational life than a standard AC compressor.