It seems like everything in your home nowadays can be hooked up to the internet and controlled from your phone, including your thermostat. Is this a passing fad, or can you use it to make a positive change in your habits? Read on to learn what a “smart” thermostat is in our WiFi Thermostats 101 guide.
You might be thinking, “I already have a programmable thermostat, and it works well enough.” The truth is that the thermostat you have now isn’t able to match your schedule perfectly. Even if you basically leave and return to your house around the same time each day, there are going to be gaps in the day where your furnace is heating an empty home, or isn’t on when you are home.
A smart thermostat fixes this inflexibility by learning from your behaviors and the environment. Some models can use the location of your phone to determine when it should switch on, like when you’re five miles from home. Others keep track of local weather conditions and can adapt their settings to combat extreme temperatures outside.
The main upshot of owning a WiFi thermostat is that it takes a lot of the guesswork, imprecision and hassle out of keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. You can teach your thermostat to learn from your behaviors, and eventually you won’t have to spend the time to set the temperature just right: it will automatically know the temperature you like.
Making your thermostat more precise, of course, can also save you a lot of money. Some mobile apps will show you how much money you’re saving by letting the WiFi thermostat do the work for you, as well as opportunities for you to change your habits for even more savings.
You can tweak the settings of the thermostat to shave off cents here and there, and over time a WiFi thermostat could be a smart investment for your home. It can keep you comfortable more often and take all the worry out of setting your home’s temperature.
ATS is proud to carry WiFi thermostats, and will gladly help you learn more about them and install one in your home at your convenience. Just give us a call at 417-831-5344 or contact us online and we’ll guide you through every step of the process.