Alarm.com Smart Thermostat Review 2020
If you’re looking for the smartest of smart thermostats, the Alarm.com Smart Thermostat is a strong contender. It’s well designed and feature-rich so you can save energy. You just might have to sign up with a security or smart home dealer to use it.
Alarm.com Smart Thermostat price
The Smart Thermostat price varies when you get it from a dealer.
The first thing to know about Alarm.com: it doesn’t like to sell equipment directly to the user.
If you want an Alarm.com Smart Thermostat (or any other Alarm.com wares), you generally have to go through a third-party security or smart home dealer. That dealer could be a big name, like ADT or Link Interactive, but it could also be a small, local business.
The dealer then decides how much you’ll pay to install and use your Alarm.com Smart Thermostat.
You can also find this thermostat on Amazon. However, our research suggests that you can’t fully use it if you don’t already have an Alarm.com or Alarm.com-compatible security or smart home system in place.
Alarm.com Smart Thermostat equipment
This thermostat looks nice and can monitor the temperature in multiple rooms.
The Alarm.com thermostat is a pristine white, and the display numbers are even whiter. The thermostat also has a glazed sheen that makes it a little more elegant than your typical matte thermostat.
While the interface has buttons for easy use, there’s not a lot you can do with the digital display. You’ll be jumping into your app to take care of the nitty-gritties, like checking the temperature in other rooms. Or, if you’ve hooked up your system to Alexa or Google Assistant, you can use a voice command.
Like the Ecobee SmartThermostat, an Alarm.com Smart Thermostat works with remote temperature sensors. You can place them throughout your house so that you or your thermostat can adjust the temperature setting by room.
Amazon sells the remote sensors separately. They aren’t cheap ($40 as we write these words), so be prepared to fork out extra money. If you want multiple sensors, it’ll add up fast.*
Of course, if you don’t care about controlling the exact temperature of each room, you can forego this expense altogether.
*Amazon.com List prices as of 06/10/2020 1:10 MST.
Alarm.com Smart Thermostat features
You can do a lot with a Smart Thermostat.
The real selling point for this thermostat is that it can potentially save you energy and, therefore, money. Let’s talk about some of the features that make that possible.
Your thermostat uses your phone’s location settings to monitor when you leave the house. It also uses activity sensors to determine whether the building really is empty.
If it is, it won’t worry about keeping your home at the perfect temperature until it sees that you’re heading in the direction of the house. Then bam! Everything goes back to how you like it.
Local weather adjustments
The Smart Thermostat keeps an eye on weather data with real-time, local updates. If the weather tips to an extreme, your thermostat will automatically adjust without you lifting a finger.
Are you the proud parent of a child who’s always too hot or too cold? You can set a lock-out on the thermostat so that no one but you can change it.
If that feels too heavy-handed, you can set an alert for when the temperature goes above or below a certain range. That way, you can wrest control of the system only when you need to.
Alarm.com Smart Thermostat home automation and mobile control
The thermostat can connect with other Alarm.com products through the mobile app.
An Alarm.com thermostat can sync with other devices to create a true smart home. It also offers a high level of remote access.
Alarm.com doesn’t sell its own video doorbells, smart sprinklers, bulbs, or smart locks. Instead, it partners with brands like SkyBell, Rachio, Leviton, and Yale to sell their products. In short, you can buy other brands at Alarm.com, but they’re all part of an “Alarm.com system.”
If you have a security provider that uses Alarm.com (like Frontpoint), your security equipment and thermostat can talk to each other. For instance, if your Alarm.com carbon monoxide or smoke detector goes off, your thermostat will turn off the HVAC system to keep the gas/smoke from spreading.
Alarm.com powers apps for many of its dealers, both big and small. It also has a highly-rated standalone app.
We don’t have a way to track down and check every single third-party app Alarm.com has created. But we have looked at the standalone Alarm.com app, and we like it. It’s well organized and looks easy to use. And you can use it on your phone, tablet, Apple Watch, or smart TV.
Alarm.com Smart Thermostat installation
Installation is dependent on your dealer’s terms.
If you buy the Alarm.com thermostat through a third-party security dealer, that dealer will determine the installation details. If you buy from Amazon, it’s up to you to figure it out.
Generally, a thermostat is more complicated than another smart home device. Unlike a sensor or a smart lock, it has to be connected to your HVAC wiring. We don’t recommend messing with a heating and cooling system unless you know what you’re doing, so we suggest hiring a professional.
(The temperature sensor should be significantly easier to set up, so you might be able to do that one yourself.)
Alarm.com Smart Thermostat customer experience
You may have to go to your dealer for customer service issues.
When you buy the thermostat from a security or smart home dealer, the dealer is responsible for your device and the terms of your service. At least that’s what Alarm.com says. On the BBB, it reroutes all complaints by suggesting the complainant go to their dealer. Unfortunately if you buy from Amazon, it’s not clear how Alarm.com will handle any issues you might have.
The Alarm.com Smart Thermostat makes the most sense if you already have a compatible system.
We recommend this ultra-smart thermostat. But because the process for buying, installing, and controlling the thermostat on your own is so unclear, we wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. We think it’s best when you already have a third-party service or are planning to buy one.
Some security system/smart home providers that already use Alarm.com equipment or apps are as follows: