Traditional Thermostats vs. Wi-Fi Thermostats

The world is entering a new age of home automation, and your HVAC system is no different. Wi-Fi thermostats are quickly rising in popularity. Complete home automation is not just a thing of the future—it’s here. Why not start with total comfort control with a new Wi-Fi thermostat. Discover the difference between your traditional thermostat and one controlled by Wi-Fi:

Your traditional thermostat is either programmable or non-programmable. Non-programmable thermostats are highly affordable, but offer you no flexibility or temperature control and subsequently, your energy bill. Because of its limitations, non-programmable thermostats have become antiquated. Conversely, programmable thermostats have been all the rage for quite a while. These types of thermostats offer “time period programming.” You can program your thermostat around your work schedule, and save quite bit on your monthly bill while remaining perfectly comfortable during the hours that you are home. You can even program it to lower a couple of degrees while you sleep if you enjoy being cool at night, and program it to turn up a couple of degrees before it’s time to wake. This has been a very desirable feature for those whom refuse to get out of bed if it’s too cold, like myself. While programmable thermostats have been a great convenience for home and business owners in recent years, Wi-Fi thermostats blow them out of the water.

Wi-Fi thermostats have taken the traditional functions of a programmable thermostat, and improved upon them. These extra features include remote programming, improved energy efficiency and feedback, geo-fencing, learning and even alerts. Once your thermostat is connected to the Wi-Fi, you have remote access via your computer, tablet or mobile. But before purchasing a Wi-Fi thermostat, take a few things into consideration:

Budget
As with making any other purchase, your first consideration is your budget. Some Wi-Fi thermostats are priced as high as $250 just for the device. Other companies charge additional fees for monthly monitoring and surprisingly, not all have a free mobile app. Also before purchasing, check with your utility company to see if you qualify for a rebate. Some rebates can be up to $100, which pays for a good portion of the device.

Quality
You want to stick within your budget, but you also want to be sure that you’re buying a quality project. Make sure you do the research first via reviews, awards and by researching the company itself.

System Compatibility
System Compatibility is a major variable in purchasing a Wi-Fi thermostat. You’ll need to find out if your house is wired to control and power the type of device that you’re thinking about purchasing. Most wireless thermostats require the c-wire, or common wire. Some do not require the c-wire, which can make your life easier. In addition, if you already own a home automation system, you’ll need to make sure that it’s compatible with the device you’re getting ready to buy. Tech companies partner up with other smart products. So, you’ll need to see if your smart home platform syncs up and can control your new thermostat.

Features & Functions
The most attractive aspect of any smart home solution is the features and functions. Compare and contrast the functions of each Wi-Fi thermostat to decide what’s best suited for you and your family.

Keeping all of these considerations in mind will help you make an informed decision on what is the best match for you. A new age of comfort control is here. As always, just be sure to stay informed. Contact Newmiller Heating and Air today to discuss your options in choosing a smart thermostat.