Cost to Install an Occupancy Sensor

Learn how much it costs to install a self-learning thermostat yourself and compare it with the cost of hiring a contractor.Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live so you can decide to do it yourself or not.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

I don’t remember Fred Flintstone having one of these in his house, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. It’s a thermostat that can learn about your daily living habits and adjust the climate in your home so it’s always the temperature you prefer. The idea is that a thermostat can automatically adjust to what you’re doing from day to day and react to your actual behavior.

The Eversense system is designed to turn the heat or air conditioning down when the last person in a household has left for the day, that being determined by the last mobile phone leaving. The thermostat senses when a person with a phone returns and turns up the heat or cooling. Users can set up a proximity zone and when they cross into it with their phone say, 10 miles from home the device knows and sets the home heating or cooling system based on that person's preset preferences.

A heating contractor or electrician will install the device for $425, which includes the thermostat and labor. You can buy the device for $295 and use the manufacturer’s videos at to show you how.

Cost updated 2015

National Average Cost
Install an Occupancy Sensor


  • Pro
  • DIY
  • 0.5
  • 0.75


  • Pro
  • DIY
  • $105
  • $40

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