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The 8 Best Smart Thermostats of 2023

Inexpensive and easy to use, the Google Nest Thermostat is an intelligent choice for your home. By Barbara Bellesi Zito

Published on December 22, 2022 in Better Homes and Gardens

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BETTER HOMES & GARDENS / DAVID HATTANTired of high energy costs? A smart thermostat can optimize your heating and cooling system to run more efficiently, so you’ll save money on your energy bills.1 Like other smart devices, you can adjust your thermostat from your phone or tablet or even with a voice-controlled digital assistant like Alexa. Even better? You can program a smart thermostat to cool or heat your home on your preferred schedule. In fact, the smartest thermostats will even “learn” your preferences to program themselves.

“Most smart thermostats are able to recognize when people are home or away, switching to an energy-saving mode when the house is empty and maintaining a comfortable climate when people are home,” says Audrey Monell, president of Forrest Anderson Plumbing and Air Conditioning.

Moreover, a well-programmed smart thermostat can help extend the lifespan of your rather expensive HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. “With an optimized HVAC unit, homeowners are also able to reduce their carbon footprint and become more energy efficient,” says Monell.

After extensive research, we have gathered the best smart thermostat for every budget and preference—evaluating their programmability, motion-sensing abilities, smart home compatibility, and more. Regardless of your needs, we’ve got you covered.

One thing to note—before you purchase our pick or any other smart thermostat on our list, you’ll need to ensure your current HVAC setup is ready. A common wire is often required to keep a continuous flow of power from your heating and cooling unit to your thermostat; stay safe and check with a professional electrician before fiddling with any wiring in your home. The Google Nest Thermostat takes the top spot on our list of best smart thermostats. If you’ve got a common wire (C-wire) installed, it’s an easy DIY project to install. It’s also super simple to program and control remotely on your phone, tablet, or by voice, so you can start conserving energy right away. The bonus? It’s rather attractive—as far as thermostats go—so you won’t mind installing the Nest on your wall.

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This article was also published in Yahoo!, Yahoo! Life, and Yahoo! Sports. This article was featured in Better Homes & Gardens and portions of that article have been used to make this blog. Forrest Anderson Plumbing and Air Conditioning, Inc has been serving the Phoenix Metropolitan area for nearly 60 years. Please contact us at 623.780.4060 or visit us online at for more information about a new energy saving Thermostat for your home.

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