From apps that remotely start our cars, to those that control interior and exterior lighting, or a smart doorbell that video monitors our front door, we’re getting more and more used to the Internet of Things (IoT) — the connectivity of devices to the Internet. More and more, we’re adding devices that control our homes and the appliances within them. Wi-Fi thermostats are part of that trend, and there are plenty of good reasons to consider one for your home. Here are just a few.
Perhaps the number one reason people love their Wi-Fi thermostats is simple convenience. If you think about it, when’s the last time you changed the channel on your TV by walking over to the TV itself? How about manually opening your garage door? Imagine sitting in your easy chair and changing your thermostat setting with the same kind of remote control — or your smartphone. Simple, easy, and no fingerprints to wipe off on the thermostat screen.
Comfort and Energy Savings
Any programmable thermostat will let you define when to turn up or down your heating based on your daily schedule. But what if that schedule varies a lot — or even just a little? A Wi-Fi thermostat lets you modify your pre-set schedule on the go. So you’ll never have to come home to a cold house just because you got home before the furnace kicked in. Some of the newer thermostats can even provide energy reports that show how your usage compares month to month, or even have the option to compare your usage to neighbors that have similar size homes.
Extending the Life of Your Heating System
Many of the new Wi-Fi thermostats let you program maintenance reminders that will keep your system running in tip-top shape. You can set reminders for anything from replacing filters or UV lights to regular maintenance and safety check-ups. Just program the dates in your app and follow the reminders as they pop up. You can usually choose to receive reminders by text or e-mail and they’ll also show up on the thermostat screen itself.
Maximize Your System with Current Weather and Forecasts
Thermostats like the Carrier Côr™ display current weather conditions and forecasts right on your thermostat screen, as well as on the app. They can also use that information to operate your system more efficiently. For example, the Côr™ thermostat's humidity control feature can adjust your home’s humidity based on the current temperature. It will determine the best humidity setting but also adjust it to keep your windows from frosting over. Or, if you have a heat pump, it can use the weather data to decide when to switch to your backup heat.
Peace of Mind
In addition to being able to remotely monitor your system when you’re away from home, Wi-Fi thermostats can also alert you if you should happen to lose heat or your heat is low. Even if you’re 1,000 miles away, you can address the situation once you know about it. After all, there’s nothing like having the peace of mind of knowing your home is comfortable and safe for you and your family.