If you’re still using an old-school manual thermostat to control temperatures in your Dayton-Springfield area home, there’s plenty of upside in moving up to a programmable thermostat. There’s still more room for improving comfort and energy efficiency by installing a programmable thermostat with Wi-Fi capabilities.
Before explaining how a Wi-Fi thermostat can do all this, it’s important to understand the underlying benefits of programmability.
Why a Programmable Thermostat Is Better
With a manual thermostat, if you’re not constantly adjusting the temperature (and not many people are that diligent), the heating and cooling system often will be operating when it’s not necessary to fully condition the home. For instance, the furnace doesn’t need to be running at full blast when the house is empty all day or when everybody’s asleep on a winter’s night. With a programmable thermostat, you can set temperature changes to accommodate your daily schedule, and anticipate when you expect to wake up in the morning or arrive home from work.
You can also program energy-saving temperature setbacks for times when you’re away from home or on vacation for several days.
Upping Your Game With a Wi-Fi Thermostat
While programmability is great, those benefits can be enhanced further with a thermostat that has wireless functionality. With a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can change the temperature settings from a remote location, using a smart-phone, laptop or tablet (as long as there’s a Wi-Fi connection). So if you find out you have to work late, you can signal the thermostat to delay turning up the heat (or cooling) until you expect to arrive home. In the summer, if you get off work early, you can signal the A/C to kick on before you get home. No more coming home to a hot house.
Benefits of Wi-Fi thermostats also include alerts for needed air-filter changes, adjustment to humidity control, and other advanced features. Increasingly, these modern thermostats are coming with adaptive technology, where they actually “learn” your climate preferences and tendencies and operate accordingly.
For help selecting a Wi-Fi thermostat for your Dayton area home, please contact us at Detmer and Sons.
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