Is It Necessary To Upgrade To A Wi-Fi Enabled Thermostat?
A Wi-Fi enabled thermostat can potentially cut the costs of your heating and cooling bills - but is it right for you?
As it is a relatively new product to the HVAC market that has had great success by adding a number of benefits not enjoyed in the past, homeowners should still weigh all their options as it is their lifestyle that ultimately decides what type of thermostat is right for them.
Some of the deciding factors you should consider are:
1. Travel Habits: Are you someone who leaves the house often for long periods of time and forget to adjust the thermostat or setting your programmable one? Instead of heating or cooling your home while you are gone, a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat will allow you to adjust and change the temperature of your home via a cellphone, tablet or PC. By giving you this ability, it will essentially help to avoid wasting energy.
2. System Compatibility: With so many Wi-Fi enabled thermostats on the market, it is vital to choose one that is compatible with your existing system. You want to check to see if your current thermostat has a “C Wire” or a Common Wire which provides a low voltage power — allowing your thermostat to do things such as having a back light on. Systems that use high voltage thermostats are generally less likely to work with Wi-Fi enabled thermostats. However, that being said there are a number of Wi-Fi enabled thermostats that will function without the C Wire. It may be a good idea to look at the website of the thermostat providers for a compatibility table. Of course, it is always best to consult a professional contractor prior to making your final decision.
3. Installation: Many of the Wi-Fi enabled thermostats come with step by step instructions and can be installed without the help of a professional. Choose one that better fits your needs. You may also want to look into the varying levels of quality and cost available before deciding on a model.
Whichever type of thermostat you choose - Wi-Fi enabled or a programmable one - you can save money on your heating and cooling costs by simply controlling the temperature in your home.
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