Lying in a hammock, watching a favorite movie on your tablet with one foot in the warm sand and a nice cool breeze to sooth our souls sounds wonderful but the reality is not all of us are lucky to be in a beautiful vacation spot everyday. We do however have the ability to control the temperature in our home environment, with ever improving technology offering options to keep us in comfort while not breaking the bank. One of these innovations in technology is a wireless thermostat. Simple in design and effectiveness, we will discuss the benefits of installing one in your home.
First off, let us clarify that a wireless thermostat is not an internet (also called wifi) thermostat although the latter can incorporate wireless technology as well. An internet thermostat is more for those who need access to their thermostat in order to adjust settings through the internet while they are away which can be very useful for vacation homes or landlords. The perceived downfall of these devices is the possibility of an outsider gaining access to your climate control system which hasn’t been a problem from our experience. Regardless, understand technology is always improving and something one should be aware of.
So the primary reason one would consider upgrading to new technology is mainly to take more control of their utility bills. Older mechanical thermostat units rely on coils and mercury-filled glass vials to monitor temperature which in today’s standards is pretty unreliable. Being totally electronic, a wireless thermostat has the benefit of being very accurate with most models being programmable.
What this means is one is able on average to program for the week a schedule that would take into account when no one is really in the home as well as particular temperatures at different times of the day. Used in tandem with modern HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) units which contain air purification systems, one can also program the fans to circulate air at pre-determined intervals thus cleaning the air and avoiding that “stale” air feeling when one comes home.
A wireless unit also doesn’t require one to remove or replace any wires when upgrading an old unit. Installation is simple and this in itself is wonderful but the real benefit is being able to place the thermostat in a more convenient location, where regulating temperatures is more useful like the family room or other common occupied areas. By placing it in a more useful place versus where it may have been previously such as near a door, window or any potentially drafty or less useful area, you will immediately see the value of your HVAC system running more efficiently.
Last but not least, some wireless thermostat models may also come with a control module which allows you to bring it with you wherever you are. Now one can be comfortable no matter where in the home you are located and it’s as simple as operating a television remote.
As one can see, although upgrading to the best thermostat unit might seem an expense, the benefits of increased comfort and long term savings in the near future are a compelling reason to do so.