You can have the greatest heat pump in the world but if it isn’t being controlled by the right thermostat, then it won’t work to its full potential. How do you choose what thermostat is right for you? If you are installing a new heat pump, use the same brand’s thermostat. This will serve you well if you are installing a unit made by Carrier, Lennox, and Trane. If you are adding a thermostat to an existing system or installing a brand of HVAC system that doesn’t make a great thermostat, be sure to get a highly-rated universal heat pump thermostat.
The Best Universal Heat Pump Thermostat: Honeywell VisionPRO
This 7-day programmable thermostat is built with heat pumps in mind. It comes from a leading manufacturer and highest-rated brand in the business. Here are some of its top features:
- 7-day programmable scheduling
- Temporary and vacation modes override programmed schedule
- Digital display with easy-to-read fonts and backlighting
- Three hot and two cold connections to run the heat pump, furnace, air handler, and ventilation/air quality system
- Dual-fuel compatible
- Outstanding five-year limited warranty
- Precise temperature control within 1 degree F
- Service reminders for changing filters or batteries
- Real-time clock that works during power outages
- Wi-Fi remote access and control using a smart device
This is an expensive unit at more than $500, but you should be able to find it online for $185 to $250.
The Best Brand Heat Pump Thermostat: Carrier Infinity Remote Access Control
Carrier makes the best thermostats for its units. This model offers touchscreen control for ease of use with Wi-Fi connectivity for the remote control and five-day weather forecasts. Other top features include four hot and two cold connections to run a heat pump, furnace, air quality or ventilation system, and an air handler. You can program seven days, but the programming can be quickly overridden with the Touch ‘N’ Go button when your schedule changes. This model works with up to eight zones, supports Carrier Greenspeed products, and tracks energy use so you can adjust to save energy. Find our more in-depth review of this product by doing a simple search.This unit is pricey at $700, but the control features are unmatched and it comes with a great 10-year warranty. You should be able to find this unit on sale for about $400 online.
Getting the Best Performance from your Thermostat: Installation is everything! If you want your thermostat to perform as intended, have it installed by a qualified HVAC contractor. Shop around and get written estimates before deciding who will install the thermostat.