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We recently had the opportunity to upgrade our home thermostat with a Mysa Smart Thermostat and we couldn’t be more excited about the change! If you’re interested in this new product, here are 7 things to know about the Mysa Smart Thermostat before you make your purchase:
It’s a smart thermostat, for baseboard heaters.
More than convenience, a smart thermostat provides beneficial features that old school thermostats don’t. They’re also harder to come by for electric baseboard heaters so Mysa is a game-changer. Smart thermostats — particularly, the brand Mysa — offer features, like remote temperature control, Temperature Scheduling, Vacation mode, Zoning, and Energy Charting. These features, in turn, will save you time and money by lessening your energy consumption, and you won’t have to always manually change the heat temperature depending on the weather outside.
What’s more is that this particular smart thermostat offers Zone Control. This means that, if you have multiple Mysa Smart Thermostats set up in your home, you can control the temperature per room instead of having one central thermostat.
Great sleek design
The Mysa Smart Thermostat has a sleek, minimalist, clean white design, which would never clash with your house’s aesthetic. The sophisticated-looking panel itself only displays the temperature with a minimalist dot-matrix design and touch-sensitive control buttons, giving off a high-tech vibe without the distracting information, which other smart thermostats have. Any reports or information you need can be easily accessed through the Mysa app on your phone.
Connects to your phone
One of the best things about the Mysa Smart Thermostat is that you can control it anywhere, anytime with just your phone. For one, the app allows you to program a heating routine, customizable to you and your needs. It also provides detailed reports and information. You can track the room’s humidity and temperature, change the thermostat, and view your whole house’s energy usage. What’s more is that, aside from downloading the app, you can also connect Mysa Smart Thermostat to Alexa, Apple Homekit, Google Assistant, SmartThings, and IFTTT.
It’s a Canadian company
Founder and CEO Joshua Green is a St. John’s native, who majored in mechanical engineering from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.
Back in 2014, he offered (and still does) energy audits for homeowners, under his company, Empowered Homes. Upon noticing that there are no smart thermostat options available for high/line voltage electric heating systems, which a lot of houses in Canada use, Joshua saw the opportunity to make this innovation. The business was then supported by Canadian-based tech startup incubators, Genesis Centre and Propel ICT.
It helps save energy
You may have the notion that quickly heating up your house by turning the temperature to the highest setting at a short period of time, and turning it down once you’ve achieved the desired temperature saves you more energy. But actually, the sudden heat fluctuation and instant high temperature results in higher energy consumption. The Mysa Smart Thermostat offers a lot of features, so that you can easily avoid this mistake.
First off, it has an Early On feature, which enables the heater to start slowly preheating the specified zone, so it reaches the set temperature during the scheduled time. Mysa also has a feature, called Eco-Mode, which automatically adjusts the temperature 0.5 degrees lower once the room has reached the set temperature.
Aside from these, this smart thermostat also has a Geofencing feature, built in the app, to detect when you’re not at home. When it detects that you’ve left the premises of your house, it would automatically turn down or completely turn off the heating system, and would turn on when you’re back.
Another great feature of Mysa is its Energy Charting. This feature lets you see the course of your energy usage — how and when you tend to use energy, a real-time analysis of how much you spend and save, and where you can make adjustments to efficiently save energy. With this feature, you can also save more money.
It helps you save more money
To put it simply, having a smart thermostat will save you money by keeping the temperature as low as possible and, in turn, save you energy. By saving energy, you’re automatically saving money.
This is where features, such as Energy Charting, become beneficial. Constantly checking or being conscious of your daily, weekly, and monthly thermostat usage, and how much money you spend for it helps you analyze or make adjustments to save more efficiently. By learning your behaviours, and using the information the Energy Chart provides helps you set schedules that save the most energy.
In fact, it has been proven that you can hugely save with Mysa Smart Thermostat, when an owner from Toronto shared that he was able to save 54 percent of his bills just by using the smart thermostat.
You can schedule it to suit your life
As I’ve previously mentioned, the Mysa Smart Thermostat enables you to schedule and automate your indoor temperature. This feature isn’t only to lessen your energy consumption, but also to provide you with a comfortable space once you get home.
This feature is perfect, especially if you’re out of the house at a consistent schedule. You can do a Quick Schedule, and the app will determine the heating routine based on energy savings or your answers to their questions regarding your temperature preference and your usual schedule. You can see all your scheduled temperatures in a dashboard layout on the app. You won’t have to worry about coming home to a freezing house, or whether you turned your heating off or not, because everything’s totally automated!
The smart thermostat also has Vacation Mode, which safely turns off your whole heating system in one tap of your phone. Activating this when you’re going to be away for a few days is important because it overrides your schedules. Meaning, it won’t automatically turn on during a scheduled time when you’re away. You can as easily disable the feature, anyway. This way, there’s no worry of wasting your money and energy consumption when you’re not even home!
The Mysa Smart Thermostat is available for purchase at Best Buy Canada for $139.99, click HERE to shop now!
(Story by Editor-in-Chief, Gracie Carroll)