We’ve written about the benefits of smart thermostats in past posts. In this post, we dive deeper into the ever-evolving world of Wi-Fi-thermostats.
Winter brings even more reasons to go Wi-fi. The heating season is the most crucial time to be energy-conscious. Premium wi-fi thermostats automatically set your thermostat based on your behaviors and room use patterns, maximizing your comfort and energy savings. Most units can analyze your energy usage and report to you just how much energy (and money) you are saving.
Many Wi-Fi units also allow you to monitor and adjust the temperature in your home from a website or smartphone app. This is especially useful if your daily routine changes frequently and you want to start the furnace up before heading home. Most apps also alert you if there is an abnormal temperature drop in your home — great for peace of mind, especially if you plan to be away from home for extended periods this winter.
Safety features are advancing as well! Newer units will detect even the smallest amount of carbon monoxide and will shut down your furnace immediately.
For many of us, the most important deciding factor is when the price will drop. Prices have dropped over time, and you can often find sale prices on many popular models this time of year. The Ecobee3, which we recommend, has dropped significantly from its original price point. Additionally, many energy companies are offering rebates that will save you even more.
Don’t underestimate the power of a Wi-Fi thermostat. This is a wise investment for anyone planning to stay in their home for any significant period of time!