Emerson Thermostat

Want to find the perfect Emerson thermostat?

Let’s face it- you are spoilt for choice from one of the largest manufacturers of thermostats in North America.

Emerson make a huge variety of different thermostats to suit every home.

In this article, I will explore three different types of Emerson thermostats.

1) Non Programmable Thermostats

2) Programmable Thermostats

3) Smart Thermostats

But, before that, let’s briefly look at the history of Emerson.

The story behind Emerson thermostats is a fascinating one.

Emerson are a huge multinational engineering and electronics company who specialise in far more than just thermostats.

Athough they were founded in 1890, it wasn’t until the 1960’s that the company began making thermostats as they bought a company called White Rodgers.

But here is the thing…

White Rodgers, whose sole focus is thermostats, was itself founded in the late 1930’s by ex employees of Emerson…

But enough of the history lesson, let’s move on.

  1. Advantages and Disadvantages of Emerson thermostats

At this point I am thinking on the company level and not about individual models of thermostats.

Advantages

*Longer than average warranties.

Most thermostats come with a one year warranty, whereas Emerson offer three years.

*Awarding winning.

The ST55 won “Best Value Smart Thermostat 2017” by reviewed.com.

And in this 2017 customer satisfaction survey, Emerson thermostats came second behind Nest.

Disadvantages

*Even Emerson thermostats that have cutting edge performance, do not have cutting edge “good looks”.

They are built to perform exceptionally: they are not designed to win beauty competitions!

Part of the challenge of finding the right Emerson thermostat is that their range of products is so vast.

One of the reasons for this is that even identical thermostats are given different model numbers.

1) DIY or Pro Versions

Emerson makes a huge range of thermostats.

A factor that can add to the confusion is that many of the company’s thermostats come in two variations- DIY or Pro.

The only real difference between a DIY or Pro version of a thermostat is the warranties that are offered on them.

A DIY version of a thermostat comes with a three year warranty, whereas a Pro version comes with a five year warranty.

In terms of looks and functionality a DIY or Pro version of any thermostat are identical.

But, in order to qualify for the extended warranty, the thermostat must be installed by an HVAC Pro and you need proof!

Without this proof even Pro versions only have a three year warranty.

The issue here is that identical thermostats are given totally different model numbers depending on whether it is a DIY or Pro version.

Let me give you an example.

The Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostat is a HomeKit enabled smart thermostat.

The DIY version of this thermostat is model number ST55 whereas the Pro version is model number 1F87U-42WF

2) Emerson Non Programmable Thermostats

A non programmable thermostat is the simplest of thermostats because that’s all it is- a thermostat.

It provides you with the ability to control the temperature of a room or house.

The only way to change the temperature is by pressing the buttons on the front to increase the temperature or decrease it.

It does not have a programming function which means that temperature remains the same all day and all day- whether you are at home or at work- until you press that button on the front

And, in order for the thermostat to work properly your HVAC system would need to be “always on.”

Non programmable thermostats are not very common nowadays but you can still easily buy one.

So Who Should Buy One?

I think that there are two main groups of people who should use non programmable thermostats.

People who spend a lot of time at home, indoors.

People who value simplicity and price over flexibility and convenience.

Best Non Programmable Thermostat

Emerson UNP310 Non-Programmable Thermostat
Model
Emerson UNP310
Features
Works with heating, cooling and pump systems | Auto change hot and cold | Precise temperature management (+/- 1 °C)
Pros
Simple to operate | Cheap to buy | 3 year warranty
Cons
Not Energy Saving | Limited Functions
Emerson UNP310 Non-Programmable Thermostat
Model
Emerson UNP310
Features
Works with heating, cooling and pump systems | Auto change hot and cold | Precise temperature management (+/- 1 °C)
Pros
Simple to operate | Cheap to buy | 3 year warranty
Cons
Not Energy Saving | Limited Functions

2) Emerson Programmable Thermostats

A programmable thermostat allows you to control the temperature of your home at specific times of the day without having to press a button on the front of the thermostat every time.

This allows your HVAC system to be turned off when the house is empty or at night in order to save energy and costs.

But, do you want to know a scary fact?

This survey found that a staggering 40% of people who had programmable thermostats did not use the programming features and this survey found that nearly 90% of Americans confessed to rarely programming their thermostats!

Huge numbers of us are using our programmable thermostats as if they were non programmable!

The best programmable thermostats are flexible enough to allow each day to have its own schedule (the “times” at which the system is on.)

But they will also allow a user to group days together.

So for instance, with your programmable thermostat, you might set up a schedule for a Monday and then decide that you want the same schedule for Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Equally, you might set up a schedule for a Saturday and want to copy it for a Sunday.

Most thermostats that are bought nowadays are programmable ones.

Smart, connected or wi-fi thermostats are all examples of ”super powered” programmable thermostats but it is important to remember that a thermostat does not need to be smart to be programmable.

Programmable thermostats do not need to be connected to the Internet, a smart hub or be controlled by an app.

The best Emerson programmable thermostats have built in “schedules”, so that you do not even need to create your own.

Who Should Buy One?

  1. People who want to save money
  2. People who don’t mind programming a thermostat
  3. People who have a regular routine
  4. People who don’t have a smart phone or don’t want to have remote access

Best Programmable Thermostat

Emerson UP310 Premium 7 Day Programmable Thermostat
Model
Emerson UP310
Pros
Large Display | Good Compatibility | Battery or "C" Wire
Cons
Not Touchscreen | Not WiFi | No Remote Access
Emerson UP310 Premium 7 Day Programmable Thermostat
Model
Emerson UP310
Pros
Large Display | Good Compatibility | Battery or "C" Wire
Cons
Not Touchscreen | Not WiFi | No Remote Access

3) Three Main Features of an Emerson Smart Thermostat

Earlier I described smart or wi-fi thermostats as super powered programmable thermostats.

The main difference between a smart thermostat and a programmable thermostat is that a smart thermostat connects to the Internet.

And it is that connection that unleashes the magic.

In much the same way that eating spinach gives “Popeye” the sailor man special powers, the Internet gives wi-fi thermostats an extra boost!

Those extra powers are;

1) The ability to control a thermostat remotely

By downloading an app onto your smart phone, tablet or by creating a free Sensi account online, you don’t need to stand next to your thermostat in order to control it.

As long as your phone and thermostat are connected to the Internet, you can control your Sensi thermostat from anywhere in the world.

2) Geofencing

This is the ability to track the location of your smart phone and then to use it to turn your HVAC system on or off.

With Sensi smart thermostats, your system is turned off when you are three miles away from home and it is turned back on when you are within 3 miles of home.

To find out more about how Sensi’s geofencing works, read this.

3) Home Automation

The third and final feature that Emerson wi-fi thermostats have, that Emerson programmable thermostats don’t are home automation compatibilities.

Home automation are the systems that run smart homes.

Smart homes are homes that contain smart devices, which are devices that can be connected to the Internet and each other.

Emerson Thermostats in Smart Homes

Sensi thermostats can work with a few smart home systems.

The four systems are;

1) Amazon Alexa

This is Amazon’s voice controlled system which uses their interactive Echo speakers as hubs.

A growing number of smart devices can be controlled using your voice and these include Emerson’s Sensi thermostats.

Linking your thermostat and your Echo device is quite easy and step by step instructions can be found here.

2) Wink Smart Home

Wink system is one of the largest smart home systems in terms of the number of devices that are compatible with it and the number of people who use it.

In order to use it you need to have or buy a Wink hub.

To find out how to connect your Sensi thermostat to your Wink hub, read these instructions.

3) Apple HomeKit

Apple HomeKit is a voice control smart home system built using the power of Siri and devices such as the iPhone.

There are two Sensi thermostats that work with HomeKit and they are the ST55 and the ST75.

4) Google Assistant

This is Google’s voice controlled smart home system.

Like Alexa, it uses a few different interactive speakers (Google Home) that can connect with different smart home devices.

Google Assistant does not work directly with any Emerson smart thermostats.

It can only be used via the Wink system, described above.

However, to find out more about using Google Home with your thermostat, visit this page.

Emerson Sensi Thermostats

Emerson’s range of smart wi-fi thermostats is called “Sensi”.

There are three basic models in it- although these models have separate “Pro” and “DIY” versions of the thermostats.

Amcrest WiFi Camera Indoor Pan/Tilt Surveillance Wireless IP Camera, Home Video Security System with IR Night Vision, Two-Way Talk, Motion Detection for Nanny Cam, Pet and Baby Monitor IPM-721B Black
Amcrest HDSeries 720P POE (Power Over Ethernet) IP Security Surveillance Camera System IPM-721ES (Silver)
Amcrest ProHD 1080P POE (Power Over Ethernet) IP Camera with Pan/Tilt, Two-Way Audio, Optional Cloud Recording, Full HD (1920TVL) @ 30FPS, Wide 90° Viewing Angle and Night Vision IP2M-841EW (White)
Amcrest ProHD 1080P WiFi Camera 2MP (1920TVL) Indoor Pan/Tilt Security Wireless IP Camera IP2M-841B (Black)
Amcrest UltraHD 2K (3MP/2304TVL) WiFi Video Security IP Camera with Pan/Tilt, Dual Band 5ghz/2.4ghz, Two-Way Audio, 3-Megapixel @ 20FPS, Wide 90° Viewing Angle and Night Vision IP3M-941B (Black)
Model
IPM-721
IPM-721E
IP2M-841E
IP2M-841
IP3M-941
Resolution
720p (1MP)
720p (1 MP)
1080p (2 MP)
1080p (2MP)
1296p (3 MP)
Power
Power Adapter
Power over Ethernet
Power over Ethernet
Power Adapter
Power Adapter
Pan | Tilt | Zm
360° | ? | Digital
360° | ? | Digital
360° | ? | Digital
360° | ? | Digital
360° | ? | Digital
Colors
Black, White or Silver
Silver
Black | White
Black | White | Silver
Black | White | Silver
Field of View
85°
85°
90°
90°
90°
Night Vision
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz) | Ethernet
Ethernet | LAN
Ethernet | LAN
Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) | Ethernet
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz | 5 Ghz)
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Two Way Audio
Amcrest WiFi Camera Indoor Pan/Tilt Surveillance Wireless IP Camera, Home Video Security System with IR Night Vision, Two-Way Talk, Motion Detection for Nanny Cam, Pet and Baby Monitor IPM-721B Black
Model
IPM-721
Resolution
720p (1MP)
Power
Power Adapter
Pan | Tilt | Zm
360° | ? | Digital
Colors
Black, White or Silver
Field of View
85°
Night Vision
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz) | Ethernet
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Two Way Audio
Amcrest HDSeries 720P POE (Power Over Ethernet) IP Security Surveillance Camera System IPM-721ES (Silver)
Model
IPM-721E
Resolution
720p (1 MP)
Power
Power over Ethernet
Pan | Tilt | Zm
360° | ? | Digital
Colors
Silver
Field of View
85°
Night Vision
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Two Way Audio
Amcrest ProHD 1080P POE (Power Over Ethernet) IP Camera with Pan/Tilt, Two-Way Audio, Optional Cloud Recording, Full HD (1920TVL) @ 30FPS, Wide 90° Viewing Angle and Night Vision IP2M-841EW (White)
Model
IP2M-841E
Resolution
1080p (2 MP)
Power
Power over Ethernet
Pan | Tilt | Zm
360° | ? | Digital
Colors
Black | White
Field of View
90°
Night Vision
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Two Way Audio
Amcrest ProHD 1080P WiFi Camera 2MP (1920TVL) Indoor Pan/Tilt Security Wireless IP Camera IP2M-841B (Black)
Model
IP2M-841
Resolution
1080p (2MP)
Power
Power Adapter
Pan | Tilt | Zm
360° | ? | Digital
Colors
Black | White | Silver
Field of View
90°
Night Vision
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) | Ethernet
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Two Way Audio
Amcrest UltraHD 2K (3MP/2304TVL) WiFi Video Security IP Camera with Pan/Tilt, Dual Band 5ghz/2.4ghz, Two-Way Audio, 3-Megapixel @ 20FPS, Wide 90° Viewing Angle and Night Vision IP3M-941B (Black)
Model
IP3M-941
Resolution
1296p (3 MP)
Power
Power Adapter
Pan | Tilt | Zm
360° | ? | Digital
Colors
Black | White | Silver
Field of View
90°
Night Vision
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz | 5 Ghz)
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Two Way Audio

In this comparison, I explain that the ST55 and the UP500W are almost identical.

In fact to look at them it would be hard to tell the difference.

And the difference is that the ST55 will work in an Apple smart home system (HomeKit) and the UP500W won’t.

The ST75 looks completely different though.

It has a colored touch screen (that the ST55 and UP500W don’t have) but it has pretty much the same functions as the ST55 and UP500W.

Best Smart Thermostat

Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Touchscreen Color Display, Works with Alexa, Black, Energy Star Certified, C-wire Required
Model
ST75
Pros
Touchscreen | Geofencing
Cons
No Energy Reports
Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Touchscreen Color Display, Works with Alexa, Black, Energy Star Certified, C-wire Required
Model
ST75
Pros
Touchscreen | Geofencing
Cons
No Energy Reports

Who Should Buy One?

The Sensi Smart ST75 is a modern thermostat for a smart home owner.

It is a perfect thermostat for those people who want to be able to control and manage their thermostat remotely and add the ST75 to their smart home system.