In the internet of things, devices are becoming more interconnected that ever, and there’s no reason why your air conditioning, humidification, and heating needs can’t be solved through home hubs and smartphone apps. Let’s look at great options for a smart thermostat with humidity control.
The Cielo Breez Plus lets you connect to the wi-fi, hook up to Google Home or Alexa, and control AC and humidity from a single hub. It connects to smaller AC units like window units and other units that have a remote control. You can set weekly schedules and alter the temperature when an unexpected heatwave or cold storm blows over. Control everything from your phone. It’s super easy to set up!
Undoubtedly the smartest of the smart thermostats on this list. The Mysa is compatible with high voltage systems, and controlled completely from the android or iOS app. The sleek, modern, white design makes it my favorite aesthetic on the list. It gives you the most data–complete energy usage reports and an easy schedule system. Full integration with any smart home device: Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit, and IFTTT.
Voice control the Emerson Sensi with Alexa. I love shouting at it to turn the temperature up and down! The humidity and temperature controls and programmable seven day system allows you to maintain complete control, but change it on the fly with your voice. The thermostat itself also allows you to punch in new information. If you have multiple AC units, a single app can control each of the sensors!
The Sensibo Sky’s infrared hookups allow you to run multiple AC units in the same room without buying multiple setups, and the infrared system means it’s even compatible with a central AC unit that has the right hookup. The versatility of these hookups earns my “alternative option.” If you’ve got a smaller space with multiple AC units, as long as the infrared signatures are different, you only need to buy one unit. Or if you have a central system that has or can install an infrared sensor, the Sensibo Sky can run your whole AC system.
How to Choose a Smart Thermostat with Humidity Controls
Most of these smart thermostats listed are smaller models that easily hook up through infrared or wifi signals. You can also do a more manual installation, but it can be difficult. Find a video on how to hook up to the central heat and air here (source). When finding a smart thermostat that also helps you control humidity, you’ll want to look at price and functionality, humidity control, and temperature triggers.
All of the devices here have smart hookups through wifi, apps, and home hubs. Some of them are more compatible with different brands than others, so double check the pros and cons section to see if it is supported. They all support Alexa and Google, but Apple compatibility–unsurprisingly–is a bit more spotty.
Price and Functionality
A good smart thermostat will probably run you about 100 dollars, so the key differentiator in price will be the specs. Some smart thermostats will make you pay 100 dollars to control only a single unit, and others can control the master AC with only one purchase. It will depend on how much power you need.
Mysa is great for high-voltage and baseboard systems, giving you the smartest device and the most temperature control. The Cielo Breez is an economic option if you’re only going to control a single AC unit and control humidity. The Sensi can hook directly to a humidifier, but it can only hook up to one device at a time, so if you hook it up to your humidifier you’ll have to drop another hundred for the AC as well. If you just need humidity control though, the Sensi may be your best bet.
Finally, the Sensibo is great because it has a range of infrared systems that can control a few units in the same room or a single central AC with infrared. If you need a model for multiple units, the Sensibo is the cheapest way to bootstrap them all at the same time.
The Sensibo Sky can control almost anything with an infrared sensor, and the Sensi can also hook up to humidifiers. All of these models can read the humidity in a room and make adjustments based on your specifications.
You’ll spend a lot of money on air conditioning and heat if you’re constantly using your devices to bring up and down the temperature whenever it feels too hot or too cold. A smart thermostat, which also controls for humidity, can save you money by making little adjustments as the temperature starts to slide, instead of working overtime to bring up and down the temperature when you start to sweat or shiver.
Top Smart Thermostat with Humidity Control
I love the simple and beautiful interface on the Cielo Breez app. Read the room temperature and humidity from your phone, hook up to your Google Home or Alexa, and control your small AC units. It can be a bit underwhelming if you’re looking for a whole home solution, however, because it only hooks up to one unit (doesn’t replace the central thermostat) and that one unit has to be about 10 feet away for the remote to pick it up.
The most expensive option is also the smartest and coolest. The app has a simple and modern design, and the product has a simple number interface. You get the data you need to monitor your energy consumption and improve your energy bills. Control it with your voice or change the temperature from the app. I can’t stress enough how much I love the design. If you’re looking for the coolest smart thermostat on the market, then the Mysa might be the perfect product for you.
The Emerson Senis is the cheapest unit on this list, and can also only hook up to one device at a time. While you can hook it up to a humidifier, if you do so, you can’t also hook it up to AC or heat pumps. Hooks up to Google Home and Amazon Alexa, and controls with a smartphone app.
Works with any air conditioning unit that has an infrared remote control (which is most). The smart controls are a bit more limited here, it has Siri shortcuts but nothing for Homekit. Fully Alexa compatible, however, and even works with voice controls! The smartphone app only shows you the current data, but a webpage can be used to track the temperature of your room over time.
The four smart thermostats on this list are all so different, so the recommendation will vary based on a few factors. If you have baseboard heating, the Mysa is clearly the best option. It has the most compatibility, and the company looks like it will keep up with smart tech trends and continue to offer you hookups for future products.
But, if you need to hook up the smart thermostat directly to an AC unit or humidifier, then the Emerson Sensi is your best option. It can hook up to a single unit but control humidity and temperature, and it is also the cheapest for your buck. Unfortunately, the functionality can be a bit low because it only hooks up to one unit. So if you happen to have a room full of AC units or humidifiers with different infrared signatures, then the Sensibo Sky gives you the most range of compatibility. Remember that one of the keys to controlling humidity is controlling temperature! Find a unit that
is great for both.