Why Go WiFi? 5 Things These Thermostats Can Do For You

Posted On: April 04, 2014

One of the best opportunities to save money and improve the comfort of your home is with a WiFi thermostat. Here are five reasons that might convince you to switch.

1. Remote access to thermostat: Imagine being able to access your thermostat and change its settings when you’re not home. A WiFi thermostat allows you to not only view current settings and home temperature, but to change settings in real-time or in advance as well. If you have a large home this might even be useful on your phone when you don’t want to walk over to the physical unit.

2. Program updates: These thermostats usually have pre-installed programs on them designed to maximize savings and comfort. They track your typical usage and automatically optimizes its behavior when possible. While programmable thermostats can do this, they don’t get the automatic updates that manufacturers can release for WiFi thermostats to make them even better.

3. Compatible with external sensors: Being able to place simple sensors around the home let’s you view how the temperature changes as a result of thermostat settings. This will help you optimize your comfort, but can also alert you to any bad uneven airflow problems.

4. Can track data: Your thermostat will be able to track your settings along with the temperature of your home and any other external sensors you install. You can then view all of this data online in an easy to digest and use format.

5. Automatic alerts: One of the most recent features that most leading WiFi thermostats offer are email or app alerts. You can specify the temperature that you would like to receive the alert, which can be useful for a number of reasons.

While many units are simple to install and learn to use, it’s a good idea to consult with a trusted HVAC professional who has experience with multiple models before buying. If you need help finding the right WiFi thermostat for your Highland or Greenville home, please contact Ernst Heating & Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Alton, Glen Carbon, Highland, Greenville, and Troy, Illinois and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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