Perhaps more than any other aspect of your home-comfort systems, thermostats have seen huge advances in technology, and not just with the ability to program temperature changes to fit your schedule. WiFi thermostats are your way to take your energy efficiency, comfort and convenience to the next level.
What Is a WiFi Thermostat?
Also called Internet thermostats, WiFi thermostats can be controlled from afar via a wireless connection, either with a computer, tablet or smartphone. Some models can also download data from the Internet to improve or make adjustments based on local weather conditions.
Many of the WiFi features are logical extensions to typical programmable thermostats. While programmable thermostats allow you to save energy, it’s even easier and more effective when the thermostat can be controlled via a wireless connection.
Benefits of WiFi Thermostats
Have you ever arrived at work and realized that you forgot to change a setting on your thermostat? With an WiFi-enabled thermostat, you can go online, check the temperature conditions of your home, and change any of your thermostat settings from a computer or your phone.
Many programmable thermostats come installed with programs that attempt to learn your preferences and adapt to them to improve comfort and save energy. Some of these programs work better than others, however. Since a WiFi-enabled thermostat can download updates, your thermostat will continually be improving without you having to do anything.
Finally, with some WiFi thermostats, you can install temperature sensors in multiple rooms in your home. You can then monitor the sensor readings online and track them. This can tell you exactly what your home’s temperature profile looks like and how to optimize your settings.
Unfortunately, WiFi thermostats are still relatively new, and some models aren’t as user-friendly as others. Consider consulting an HVAC professional to get a recommendation that is right for you and your home.
If you want more information about whether a WiFi thermostat is right for your home, please contact us at Reliance Home Comfort.