Thinking of installing a wireless thermostat in your home, but not sure it’s worth the effort? After all, if your current thermostat is doing its job, should you completely overhaul your system in favor of this new technology?
If you need help deciding whether a wireless thermostat is for you, keep reading. Let’s discuss the benefits of installing a smart, wireless thermostat in your home.
What is a Wireless Thermostat?
A wireless thermostat, also known as a Wi-Fi thermostat, is a device used to control your temperature settings remotely. The term “wireless” is a bit of a misnomer. The thermostat does, in fact, have wires. These wires connect to your home’s heating and air system. However, the system itself enables wireless connectivity.
In other words, your thermostat can connect to your home’s wireless Internet service and share real time system updates. You can then remotely check and control your thermostat from an app on an Internet-enabled device, such as your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Because our culture has become much more comfortable with using apps, installing a wireless thermostat makes a lot of sense. You can access and manage your home’s temperature settings from an app on your smartphone.
How Wireless Thermostats Work
When most people think of wireless thermostats, they’re actually thinking of its smart components. Many wireless thermostats on the market today have the ability to analyze your cooling and heating habits and automatically manage your energy consumption accordingly. Instead of having to manually set your temperature continually, your smart thermostat will eventually learn your preferences, including:
- When you’re most likely to use the system (time of day, day of the week)
- What temperature you enjoy (throughout the day and the year)
- Which rooms you’re in the most (which rooms have greatest priority)
Initially, you’ll program the thermostat to your desired settings. Then, over time, the system will learn and adapt.
These thermostats are also more energy efficient than manual ones, thanks to the use of multiple room sensors. These sensors constantly measure the ambient temperature in a room and the thermostat adjusts to ensure that the room always feels comfortable to you during your peak usage times.
Even though the system will learn your preferences and automate, you always have the ultimate control and can override these settings whenever you like.
Wireless thermostats can work with a variety of heating and cooling systems, including gas, heat pump, electric, oil, conventional, dual fuel, humidifier, ventilator, and radiant floor heating systems.
The Benefits of Using a Wireless Thermostat
Let’s discuss why you should install a wireless thermostat in your home.
Saving money is the most celebrated benefit of using a wireless thermostat, and for good reason: You can save approximately $180 a year by using a programmable thermostat. Because most wireless thermostats are around the $200 mark, your thermostat will pay for itself within a year or two at the max.
Heating and cooling your house accounts for approximately 50% of your total energy costs. Back in the day, the best way to conserve energy (and manage costs) was to keep your thermostat between 70 to 72 degrees.
If you’re still using a manual thermostat, you probably rely on that conventional wisdom. The problem, however, is that older thermostats, especially the manual kind, will get dirty or simply exhaust as they age, and this results in poor performance. Your placement of the thermostat can also make matters worse because its temperature reading will be limited to a small zone of your room. However, when using a wireless thermostat with multiple sensors, you will get a more accurate temperature reading of the room and adjust your energy consumption accordingly.
Easy to Install
Most wireless thermostats are sold from the business directly to the consumer. Why? Because you do not need a professional to install a wireless thermostat. In most cases, installing a wireless thermostat is easier than installing a traditional manual one. In about 30 minutes, you can have your entire wireless thermostat system up and running. Plus, if you choose to buy one of the more popular thermostats on the market, such as Nest, Ecobee, or Honeywell, there are plenty of forums available online if you get stuck.
Control From Anywhere
Here’s where wireless thermostats really come in handy: You can control your heating and cooling from anywhere, without having to manually adjust the controls on your thermostat box.
This is perfect when you’re away from home and want to make sure that you’re conserving energy, but it’s also convenient for those times when you’re in a comfy position on the sofa and don’t want to move. Haven’t we all been there? If you can reach your phone, you can change the temperature just like you switch the TV channel via a remote.
But of course, this remote control feature also comes in handy for all of life’s unexpected occasions. Perhaps you’re stuck at work late and don’t want to cool/ heat the home until you arrive. Or maybe you’re at the airport and just remembered that you didn’t activate the vacation setting on your thermostat. With a few clicks on an app, you regain control, no matter where you are.Wireless thermostats can control your floor heat, too. Click To Tweet
Improve the Aesthetics of Your Home
Not long ago, thermostats were interior design eye sores. Protruding from the wall, old school thermostats often sported a bland color (either white or beige) that clashed with your preferred wall color.
These days, wireless thermostats come in all sorts of cool colors, shapes, and styles. No matter what your interior design aesthetic, you’ll likely find a wireless thermostat to fit your preference. Wireless thermostats come in sleek black, modern stainless steel, and just about any other color you can think of. You can also tweak the background color of the unit itself to create an illusion of transparency.
In addition to overall design, wireless thermostats also wow with improved display settings. Some of them present settings in a bold text which allows you to read the display from across the room. They serve not only as thermometers but also clocks.
Enjoy Improved Accuracy
Because wireless thermostats can be placed wherever you’d like, they are much more accurate than their manual predecessors. You can locate your wireless thermostat away from external walls or bright windows that have the potential to negatively affect readings.
Tests show that most wireless thermostats are within 1 degree of accuracy. With the help of multiple room sensors, wireless thermostats provide you with precise readings so that you can have better control over your room’s ambient temperature.
Learn About Your Usage
Your wireless thermostat can give you a lot of insight on your energy consumption. Track how much energy you use daily, monthly, seasonally, and yearly. Then, armed with this knowledge, make a plan for how you can be even more energy efficient in the future.
Perhaps you find that your electricity usage spikes at a certain time of the day or year. You can then tweak your energy usage habits to regulate your spending.
Your thermostat will eventually learn your usage patterns and automatically regulate itself to meet your unique demands. You can go to sleep in comfortable cool and wake up every morning to a warm home without ever touching your thermostat.
Create a Smart Home
Are you intrigued by the idea of turning your house into a smart home? Along with remotely controlling your lights, appliances, and access to your home, a wireless thermostat is an essential component to home automation. Many wireless thermostats work with smart speakers such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple Homekit, allowing homeowners to voice control temperature settings.
If you set up an entire smart home system, you can better control your energy consumption. For example, your wireless thermostat can communicate with your other appliances, and automatically switch off when your home’s energy demand is high.
Set Alerts and Get Notified
You can program your wireless thermostat to send you timely notifications about your heating and cooling system. Get alerted when it’s time to change air filters or replace the humidifier pad.
Your thermostat can also notify you in the event of an emergency. For example, if the outside temperature suddenly drops while you’re away from home, you can decide to raise the thermostat temperature remotely to keep your pets or your pipes warm.
Having a smart thermostat enables you to monitor your system remotely and make immediate decisions even when you’re far from home.
Wireless Thermostats and Radiant Heating Systems
If you’ve decided to install a radiant floor heating system in your home, you’ll be happy to know that wireless thermostats can control your floor heat, too! Your smart thermostat can easily integrate with your floor heating system, which will allow you maximum control without being in the room— or even the house.
Be sure to choose a thermostat kit that includes a floor sensor. This will allow your smart thermostat to make the necessary adjustments to create the perfect ambient temperature in your room. Even better, you can be sure that your smart thermostat is using the most energy-efficient settings possible to keep you warm. It will adjust your floor heating system accordingly to ensure that that the room is always comfortable for you, and will do so automatically through sensors and learning your usage habits.
For the sake of cost and convenience, pair your radiant floor heating systems with a wireless thermostat.
Installing a wireless thermostat will give you complete control over your heating system(s) even when you’re away from home. These devices ensure increased energy efficiency and will pay for themselves within a year or two of ownership.