Smart Home Technology - Wi-Fi Thermostats

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

Wi-Fi 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:

Nest Learning Thermostat,
3rd Generation, Stainless Stee

You're in. You're out. You're all over the place, even when you're home. Lyric uses your smartphone to know when you're away, and can save you energy.

ecobee4 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with
Built-In Alexa Voice Service

Using remote sensors, it will compile data to streamline heating and cooling in a home, offering control of exact temperatures in different rooms.

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Color
Programmable Thermostat

Using Honeywell's reliable, highly-rated app, program this thermostat from a computer, tablet, and smartphone, whether you're across the room or around the world.

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 senors 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. There are two reasons that Smarthome customers choose this route:

Insteon Hub Central Controller

Insteon Hub is a simple and straightforward device that connects you to your home from any smartphone
or tablet, anywhere in the world.

Insteon Remote Control Wall Thermostat

Swap out your thermostat, connect Insteon Hub to your router, download Insteon for Hub App. Within minutes, you can control the thermostat from your iOS or Android device.


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

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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