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Wi-Fi Thermostats

Recoup the cost of a WiFi thermostat in the first two years, manufacturer's claim. $1,440 is the average cost of energy bills per year in the United States, depending on where you live. The number may not seem high but in 10 years the cost accumulates to over $10,0000. Wouldn’t you rather spend money on something else? What if you could save a portion of the money each year? As a prior Arizona Resident, I can assure you the cost of running the A/C during the hot 116 degree days runs up the electric bill.

Wireless, WiFi, & Smart thermostats are relatively interchangeable. In this price saving piece, we will walk you through traditional thermostats, WiFi, wireless, and other smart thermostats along with the best deals.

Traditional Thermostats

Traditionally, thermostats have fallen into two categories: non-programmable and programmable. Non-Programmable thermostats are the most affordable, but very antiquated. They require a manual temperature setting and manual setting of heat or cool to cycle your HVAC unit, and can be rather imprecise. Programmable thermostats offer a digital interface with time period programming, which will automatically adjust the heat and/or cool temperature based on time, and often they allow for multiple set points points per day. However, neither of these older-style thermostats come close to the technology available with today's Wi-Fi thermostats.

Wi-Fi Thermostats

Smart thermostats are the next evolution of heating and cooling control in your home. They build upon the basic temperature setting, scheduling and digital interface options of non-programmable and programmable thermostats with a variety of added features. Some of these features include improved energy efficiency and feedback, remote programming, geofencing, learning and alerts. Once these Smart Thermostats are synced up with a Wi-Fi router, you will have remote access from a computer or via an app, all from the comfort and convenience of a smartphone or tablet virtually anywhere you access to the web. The future of comfort control is now - no matter where you are, a Wi-Fi thermostat keeps you connected to your home with control in the palm of your hand. Here are some of the more popular Wi-Fi netowrk thermostats available today:

Wi-Fi Thermostats and Automation in the Connected Home

Do you want to control more than the temperature from your computer, iPhone, Android or Windows smartphone - how about lights and appliances?

Maybe you want to monitor your home with wireless door/window sensors, motion sensors or even leak detectors. With all of the connected home and IoT products and apps available, you may want to consider a Wi-Fi thermostat as a seamless component in a larger home automation system, such as the Insteon. With Insteon you can incorporate all of these features from a single, convenient app. Although Smarthome offers a variety of options for this type of control,the most popular among our customers is by far the combination of the Insteon Thermostat and the Insteon Hub. Setting it up is easier than you might think and can be done in less than an hour.

While you can tell the main difference between a WiFi and programmable thermostat, here are some other things a WiFi thermostat can do.

Expandability

With Insteon Hub you can easily expand your Insteon home automation system to control devices throughout your home:

Other perks of a WiFi thermostat:

Algorithms learn your preference

Do you like to wake up and get ready in the bathroom that’s at least 20 degrees colder because of the tile? Set schedules to warm up your house to walk into a toasty bathroom allowing you to prepare for your work day. The algorithms pick up on your preferences of temperature throughout the day. Some sensors tell the wifi thermostat you are leaving to work, so it might not keep the A/C or Heating system as high to save energy.

Reporting For the Best Savings

Most WiFi Thermostats learn about your preferences. Access reports on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, basis and uses real-time data if needed. You can program the system to use scheduling or decisions based on how much energy you’d like to save.

Advanced sensing

Some WiFi thermostats have sensors detecting a radius you’re within to determine if you’re on your way home from work, early or late. Set to 3 miles or 30 and walk into the comfortable temperature of your home.

All Types of Situations

WiFi thermostats can detect levels of humidity in your home. Picture a storm pushing moisture toward your region. The humidity level rises, and the room temperature drops to what the algorithms deem as your preference. Think it's wrong? Then change it!

Automatically, your thermostat will think about what is the right temperature for you.

Should I purchase a WiFi thermostat?

Some thermostats are reasonably priced while some may have higher upfront costs. Think about in two years; you will recoup the costs of your purchase. Now think about 10 years… The Nest Thermostat cuts cost for heating by 10-12% and 15% for cooling.

The WiFi thermostat is becoming a standard of the american household. Don’t forget some brands tend to work with Alexa.

Next Steps....

See which thermostat fits your budget and household needs. If you’d like more information on these products from your trusted home automation advisor, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Other considerations in choosing a Smart Thermostat

When it comes to home automation, few devices can make as big an impact on your energy usage as a new thermostat. Your home's HVAC system is typically the largest energy consumer in a home, often using more than 4kW per hour. By adding greater control of your HVAC system, you can substantially curb your home's energy usage. It's important to understand what types of temperature control, energy management and sensor features to look for. Then match that up with how the overall design, aesthetics and product support is available from a manufacturer. Combining these pieces of the puzzle will allow you to get the right smart thermostat for your home.

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