I put it off for a number of years thinking I was going to build my own wifi thermostat using an Arduino and then a Raspbery Pi. I even bought the Pi and a temperature/humidity sensor but realized I’m not god enough at C and Python yet so I decided to go the easy way and just buy one.
After doing quite a bit of research I decided on the Honeywell RTH6580WF. It was $119 at Home Depot. I didn’t choose the Nest thermostat because it was more expensive and I really only need the basic functions. The Honeywell is programmable too but I plan on not using that feature. I like to control it manually for maximum comfort and efficiency. I don’t need it coming on on a schedule because the weather swings so wildly in San Antonio during the winter. In the summer it is just simply HOT.
The main thing I wanted was the wifi. I want to be able to adjust it from my bedside upstairs.
It was pretty easy to install and I had it set up and running in less than an hour. I can control it through an app on my iPhone or iPad or any web browser inside the house or around the world. Pretty sweet!
I am completely happy with my choice. If you’re in the market for one. Get it on Amazon.