I titled this post “A (warm welcome) review” because the Sensi Thermostat ensured my house gave me a warm welcome after a weekend away at an unseasonably cool time of year. My family and I travel quite a bit and because we try to be frugal, we tend to adjust the temperature to avoid wasteful heating or cooling of the house while we are away; however while we have enjoyed the financial savings, we have never enjoyed coming home to a house that is uncomfortably hot or cold. We thought about getting the free adjustable thermostat offered by our energy provider, but the “big brother” idea of them being able to adjust the temperature in our house at any time didn’t appeal to us, in particular me since I work from home.
Needless to say that when I was offered the opportunity to review the Sensi Wifi Thermostat I could hardly wait to install and start using it. My technically inclined husband did the install and when I asked him if someone like myself (who is doesn’t know much about electronic stuff. At. All.) would be capable of installing the thermostat he said that the instructions were user-friendly.
Before you start installing the Sensi Thermostat you should first download the intuitive Sensi Smartphone app (available for Android and iPhones). You can use the install instructions available on the app (just don’t close the app until you are done because the app restarts every time you close out of it) or you can go to the Sensi Thermostat website and follow the video tutorial to get started.
The Sensi Thermostat is the only Wi-Fi thermostat on the market that consumers are able to install on their own through the product’s Smartphone app (it doesn’t require a ‘C’ Wire, which means you don’t need any technical knowledge of wiring to install).
My husband said the step-by-step install instructions were very easy to follow and even included useful pop-up warnings. He also said the cable labels were a nice touch and would make it easy for someone who is unfamiliar with wiring (such as myself) to decipher what wire is to go where. The feature he was most impressed with was the level located in the thermostat’s base – this might seem like a simple tool, but apparently many thermostats don’t have a level included, making hanging it on the wall straight tricky.
The install took my husband about half an hour. Once installed, the Sensi Thermostat is simple to use. You can start programming it with the Smartphone app once you have finished registering (one note about registering: be sure to put a space in your postal code otherwise the app will lock up and doesn’t display an error message to tell you what’s wrong). Once you have registered, the Sensi app will connect to your thermostat and you’re all set!
You can also control the temperature from the thermostat itself, which is just as easy to use as the Smartphone app.
I love that I can check the temperature of my house from my iPhone and that I can adjust the temperature of my house from anywhere, meaning I never again have to return from vacation to an unbearable hot or cold house!
The Sensi Thermostat retails for around $159.99 CDN and can be found at most hardware or department stores including Home Hardware. Given its sleek design, convenience, and ease of install and use, this product is worth the price. Never again will I contemplate leaving the air conditioning or heat on full while we are away all weekend because I don’t want to come home to an uncomfortable house! Thanks to my Sensi Thermostat I now have full control over the temperature of my house from the convenience of my iPhone.
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Disclosure: For the purposes of this review, I received the above mentioned product free of charge. All opinions are my own.
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