A Wi-Fi thermostat boasts an array of benefits, including remote access via a smartphone and the ability to lower the energy expenses in your Palm Harbor, Florida, home. When used properly, the thermostat can even provide valuable information to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Here’s a close look at Wi-Fi thermostats, including how they work and the many ways they can save money.
What Is a Wi-Fi Thermostat?
Wi-Fi thermostats are often referred to as wireless thermostats, internet thermostats, or smart thermostats. They offer enhanced control over a home’s heating and cooling system by providing a homeowner with remote access. Other features include programmable temperature settings and zoning capabilities. The thermostat will need to be paired with a compatible HVAC system to take advantage of zoned heating and cooling features.
The connection between you and the Wi-Fi thermostat is built using an internet protocol network, also known as an IP. The thermostat itself is connected to the internet in the same way a laptop or computer connects to the internet. You can use your smartphone or internet-enabled device to access the control panel of the thermostat and gain control over its settings. Wi-Fi thermostats have the ability to collect and store a large amount of data thanks to cloud storage, which can be used to generate helpful setting recommendations.
Improve Energy Efficiency
One of the most notable advantages of using a smart thermostat is the ability to achieve optimal energy efficiency. According to numerous reports, homeowners can save 10 to 12 percent on their heating expenses by using a smart thermostat and about 15 percent on cooling bills. This results in an average savings of up to $141 each year.
A Wi-Fi thermostat achieves enhanced energy efficiency because it uses stored data to ensure the HVAC system is not heating or cooling a house too much. Users must know how to properly use a Wi-Fi thermostat in order to achieve optimal savings. Thanks to today’s integration of intuitive technology, Wi-Fi thermostats are becoming extremely simple to use. Users can preset temperatures according to a schedule that fits their lifestyle. Ideally, the thermostat should be programmed to keep the home at a moderate temperature while no one is home.
Reduce HVAC Repair and Replacement Costs
Modern Wi-Fi thermostats optimize HVAC repair and maintenance. You don’t have to constantly worry about whether it’s time to have maintenance performed, or if it’s time to change the air filter. You can wait for an alert to be sent to you and then take appropriate action.
Proper maintenance is the key to extending the life of an HVAC unit. Additionally, a fully functional HVAC unit can decrease energy bills. If you don’t change the air filter on a regular basis, this causes the HVAC system to work much harder than it would normally have to, which can increase heating and cooling expenses, especially when it’s extremely hot or cold outside.
Remote Access Gives You Full Control
Have you ever left for work or to go on vacation and realized you forgot to adjust the thermostat accordingly? With a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can remotely access the system from anywhere and from a mobile device as long as you have an internet connection. You can adjust the temperature in your home to a moderate temperature while you’re away, and then lower or increase the temperature to a more comfortable temperature an hour or two before you return.
Wi-Fi thermostats are very simple to install, and many of today’s models can be integrated with almost any type of HVAC system. Some thermostats can even be combined with full-home automation systems which provide full control over each appliance and device in the home, including washers and dryers, fans, lights, and more. You can combine a smart thermostat with an indoor air filtration system and HVAC unit to improve air quality and keep humidity levels low.
If you would like to learn more about Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats and how you can save money on HVAC expenses, please contact Crystal Air Conditioning & Heating today. You can visit our website or call us today.
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