Wi-Fi thermostats are becoming increasingly popular household gadgets—and for good reason. Whereas thermostats of the past had one function (to give you manual control over a heating or cooling system), newer models have capabilities that allow you to experience a more comfortable home while saving energy. And you know what saving energy means: saving money.
What Exactly Is a Wi-Fi Thermostat?
A Wi-Fi thermostat is a thermostat with Wi-Fi capabilities that you can control using an app on a connected device. A connected device is typically a smartphone or a tablet for most people. On the app, you can do things like adjust the temperature, program a schedule for your thermostat, or even shut the system off or on while you’re away from home.
Is a Wi-Fi Thermostat the Same As a Smart Thermostat?
A smart thermostat is a type of Wi-Fi thermostat. What makes a smart thermostat unique is that it can “learn” about how to behave based on how you typically use it, to the point where it can “make decisions” to achieve optimal comfort and energy savings in your home. The Nest Learning Thermostat is perhaps the most famous example, but there are other thermostats with similar technology.
How Do Wi-Fi Thermostats Help Save Energy and Money?
If you’re on the fence about upgrading your home’s thermostat, here are some features you might be missing with your current model.
- Remote Access. You can control your thermostat anywhere you can get Wi-Fi or data from your cellphone plan. If you forget to turn your thermostat up or down before leaving for work or vacation, you don’t have to worry about racking up an enormous energy bill.
- Programmability. If your household tends to follow a schedule, you can program when you’d like your HVAC system to run throughout the day, down to the degree. That way you don’t have to turn your system off completely and spend tons of energy later making your home comfortable again.
- Geofencing. This smart thermostat feature uses your cellphone app so that your thermostat can “tell” when you’re on your way home. When you’re nearby, the device will adjust to your preferred “at home” setting so that the temperature will be comfortable when you arrive. That way you won’t be tempted to crank the thermostat up or down once your get home.
- Usage Tracking. Some thermostats have a built-in feature that allows them to monitor your energy usage. You can then view the data in a report online or in the thermostat’s app on your smart device. Some apps will even offer you suggestions for energy savings based on your household’s usage.
Ready to Upgrade Your Thermostat?
At Monarch Home Services, our NATE- and EPA-certified technicians are proud to offer top-notch thermostat services throughout Bakersfield, Fresno, Visalia, and beyond. We’re dedicated to helping you find a Wi-Fi thermostat that will help you achieve energy savings and a more comfortable home. Call us at (661) 271-6099 or contact us online today!