What Is a Wireless Thermostat?
Posted on: January 4, 2019 | by: Will Housh
Wireless thermostats, also called Wi-Fi thermostats, are smart thermostats with wireless internet connections. These thermostats allow you to connect through smartphone and tablet apps or via your computer to access thermostat settings for comfort control whether you’re at home or away. Wireless smart thermostats learn your household’s comfort preferences to automatically create and deploy energy efficient heating and cooling settings year-round.
Why Choose a Wireless Thermostat?
A programmable thermostat allows you to program temperature settings around your household needs, helping you save energy by offering automatic control — smart thermostats offer capabilities above and beyond the programmable stat, keeping homeowners connected and aware of their comfort and energy settings. Smart thermostats present homeowners with a variety of useful features, such as Wi-Fi connectivity, maintenance alerts, data on energy use, and even the ability to learn your family’s comfort needs.
Smart thermostats keep homeowners connected and informed regarding their HVAC system and energy use, with the goal of creating a more comfortable and energy efficient indoor environment with little homeowner effort involved.
Enhanced Features of Wireless Thermostats
Wireless smart thermostats go above and beyond the features of a programmable model to deliver an effortless indoor comfort experience. With a wireless thermostat, you’ll get:
- Effortless programming
A smart thermostat learns your schedule and preferences, keeping you comfortable without the need to adjust temperatures or set schedules on your part.
- Wireless connectivity
Control your thermostat from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
- Usage data
Your smart thermostat compiles data regarding your energy usage for your review, so you can further fine-tune your HVAC system usage to maximize your savings.
- Maintenance alerts and diagnostics
Smart thermostats help you stay on top of system maintenance, alerting you when it’s time to change the filter or providing diagnostics to assist in system repair.
Wireless Thermostat Choices
Several models of wireless thermostats are available, each with different features so you can select the best option for your home’s comfort control needs. Check out the HVAC.com blog for more information about popular wireless thermostat models from these leading HVAC manufacturers:
Wireless technology goes beyond just thermostats – wireless vents are also available to control air circulation throughout your home.
Wireless Thermostat Savings
While actual savings will vary from home to home based on factors such as temperature preferences and energy costs, installing a smart thermostat offers the potential for significant savings. According to ENERGY STAR, correct use of a programmable thermostat will save you approximately $180 per year. The big IF with a programmable thermostat is whether or not you’re using it correctly — since a smart thermostat eliminates the element of user error with a programmable thermostat, it’s safe to say you’ll have comparable savings.
Many smart thermostat manufacturers offer online savings calculators which can help you determine your potential savings based on the area in which you live. Check out the calculators below to get an idea of how much you could save:
It’s no secret — a smart thermostat is going to cost you more than a programmable model. Some smart thermostats feature easy installation that a homeowner can complete on their own, while others require professional installation, further raising your costs. With the hefty price tag on a smart stat, many homeowners question if it’s really worth the cost. Our answer is yes.
The energy savings achieved by smart thermostat usage will allow the equipment to pay for itself over time. If you currently have a manual thermostat, upgrading to a smart stat is certainly going to be worth it, because of the energy savings it will help you gain by taking system adjustments out of your hands (user errors and forgetfulness account for a great deal of energy waste). If you already have a programmable thermostat and are using it properly, a smart stat can still help you save. The data it provides and advanced features will help you fine-tune your energy use. Since you’re already using a programmable stat, the payback period may be longer.
Wireless Thermostat Help from HVAC.com
HVAC.com provides numerous resources to help you learn about wireless thermostat technology for your home. When you’re ready to upgrade to a wireless thermostat, get help from a local HVAC contractor near you through our HVAC Contractor Directory. Enter your ZIP code to find a nearby HVAC company who provides installation and service for wireless thermostat models.