While there are several lockable thermostats out there, not all of them feature password protection. By password protection, I mean a thermostat that can be locked with a unique code, and you need to enter the code to unlock the unit.
Although a lockable thermostat that doesn’t feature password protection can prevent tampering, unauthorized persons may unlock it, as it doesn’t require a passcode to unlock.
To be sure that your thermostat is completely protected from unauthorized access, you want to get one with password protection features. Sounds like you? Then keep reading as I’ve featured some of the best password-protected thermostats in this post.
Best Password Protected Thermostats: Features
1. Honeywell TH9320WF5003 Wi-Fi Thermostat
If you’re looking for a thermostat with password protection functions, this is one of those that tick all the boxes. This Honeywell thermostat allows you to set a unique code for locking and unlocking the unit, which ensures total protection from tampering.
And if you just want to lock some features on the thermostat, you can do that with the partial lock function. What this means is, the thermostat features two locking modes—partial lock and full lock.
With partial lock, you can prevent access to some settings while anyone can access the rest of the features/setting. And with full lock, all features/settings are prevented from unauthorized access.
For lost/forgotten code, you’ll have to restore default factory settings on the thermostat or call Honeywell Customer Support for help.
2. ecobee Smart Thermostat
This thermostat is packed with lots of exciting features, including the password protection function.
To lock this ecobee thermostat, you’ll have to set a 4-digit password, which you need to enter to unlock it.
However, the thermostat allows you to select some features to lock with a password. That is, you can either lock all the features with a password or select some features to lock with a password.
If you forget the password, you can log in to your account on ecobee’s website and disable the password. If you’re not sure how to go about that, simply call ecobee Customer Support for help. You’ll need to verify your identity and they’ll send you a reset code.
You can also restore default settings on your thermostat to override the lost code.
3. Nest Smart Thermostat (3rd Gen)
As you probably know, Nest thermostat is one of the best smart thermostats on the market, with several outstanding features.
As you expect, it also features password protection. Locking the Nest thermostat can be done via the mobile app or on the thermostat itself.
On the thermostat, you can lock it by tapping the Settings icon, turning the outer ring until you see Lock on the display. Then tap Lock and enter your 4-digit code twice.
Ensure you don’t forget the password as you need it to unlock the thermostat.
Locking and unlocking the Nest thermostat from the app is also a seamless process, and it takes just a few seconds.
4. LuxPRO TX9600TS Touchscreen Thermostat
If you’re looking to get a LuxPRO thermostat with password protection, you won’t go wrong with this.
Like other thermostats above, you can lock this thermostat with a unique password—partial or full lock. See more details about locking and unlocking a LuxPRO thermostat.
Aside from the password protection function, this LuxPRO thermostat model is packed with several exciting features. It features a touchscreen display, and it’s compatible with many heating and cooling systems (excluding systems with electric baseboards).
It’s also easy to program. And if you forget your lock code, all you need to do is reset the thermostat and set a new code. See how to reset a LuxPRO thermostat.
Why Should You Lock Your Thermostat?
As mentioned, locking a thermostat helps prevent accidental or unauthorized changes to the settings.
For instance, your children or employees (for business owners) may make changes to your thermostat settings that could increase your energy bills. But you can prevent this by locking the thermostat.
Are Keypad Lockout/Password Protected Thermostats Worth It?
Yes. Here are some benefits of using keypad lockout/password protected thermostats:
No Lock Box
While you can protect a thermostat from tampering with a lockbox, it changes the comfy look of your home or business. Instead of having that unappealing box on your wall, get a thermostat with a locking function. Of course, it ensures unauthorized access and maintains the comfortable and inviting look of your home/business.
No Worries about Energy Cost Increase
With your thermostat protected with a password, your schedules will remain the same way you left them. So no worries about your family, customers, or employees tampering with the temperature settings, which may increase your energy bills.
Reduces the Need for Unexpected Expensive Service Call
Accidental changes to settings can sometimes cause problems that require the services of an expert. But keeping your thermostat lock prevents accidental changes to your settings, thus minimizing the need for an expensive service call.
Can you put a password on a Nest thermostat?
Yes. You can set a 4-digit password on your thermostat, so anytime you want to unlock it, you have to enter the password.
Can you password-protect a thermostat?
Yes. You can password-protect a thermostat. However, you need a thermostat with password protection functions to do this. See our picks of password-protected thermostats above.
What if I forget my thermostat password?
If you forget your thermostat password, you can restore default settings and then set another code. If you’re not sure how to do that, call the manufacturer Customer Support for help.
As you can see, locking your thermostat with a password offers several benefits. However, not all thermostats come with this feature. So if you want to lock your thermostat with a password, you should get one that features password protection.
Honeywell, Nest, Ecobee, and LuxPRO have thermostats with password protection features and I’ve highlighted some of the best models above.
So that’s it. Hope this article was helpful and you could get your preferred password-protected thermostat.
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