WiFi Thermostats: Gimmick or Essential?

Every appliance nowadays seems to have a WiFi gimmick to it. You can use WiFi for your stove, fridge, and even your thermostat, which we’ll be talking about today. But what is it, and are there any benefits of a WiFi thermostat? We’ll break it down for you and let you decide if it’s worth your time, or if it’s just a gimmick.

How Does it Work?

For this article, we’ll be looking at Honeywell’s RTH9580WF Wi-Fi Touchscreen Thermostat.

Odds are, if you’re the average 21st century homeowner, you have a WiFi unit. The thermostat connects to your WiFi router, and allows you to adjust the thermostat via any device and over the Internet. You can change the thermostat with a computer, through your phone, or with a tablet.

Besides that, the Honeywell WiFi thermostat has a few other bells and whistles such as the outside weather/humidity, indoor humidity info, and an adjustable background theme on the touchscreen. This is a nice feature to fit the overall color scheme of your home. It also has a programmable energy saver mode, which will allow you to get the most out of your electric bill while still staying comfortable. These features do add great value.

Why is that Good?

A thermostat you can change anywhere sounds convenient, but what’s so bad about just walking to the thermostat and changing it there? Well, there are a few ways having an adjustable thermostat can save you a lot of money and grief. Here’s how:

For When You Forget to Turn it Off

You’re leaving home to go on vacation. You’ve packed everything, got your plane tickets, and you’re off. But whoops! You forgot to turn off your unit. That can end up being costly, and you’ll cringe as you think about your HVAC running all week with nobody home. With a WiFi unit, you can correct those mistakes immediately, and not have to worry about accidentally forgetting to turn your unit off.

On the other hand, you may need to turn on your unit while you’re away. If you’re going to the Bahamas during a freezing Rhode Island winter, you may want to turn on your heater if there’s a freeze going on back at home.

Reminds You to Do Maintenance

WiFi units will typically send you reminders when it’s time to change your filters and do other maintenance tasks. Many forget to do an annual maintenance of their unit, and that can be costly when there is extreme weather and the unit is too dirty to run efficiently.

Password Protected

You don’t want your kids adjusting the thermostat willy nilly. If you own a business, you don’t want your employees messing with the temperature, either. Having a WiFi unit is a convenient way for you to protect your thermostat with a password, and adjust the password instantly for extra security.

And Sometimes, Laziness Prevails

You wake up and it’s baking in your bedroom, and the thermostat is at the other end of the house. Instead of having to sleepwalk through the dark, possibly waking up other people if you don’t live alone, you can reach towards your bedside drawer, grab your phone, and cool the room through there.

The Verdict?

We recommend a WiFi thermostat! It’s worth the price and installation cost. If you’ve been needing a new thermostat, why not make your next one a WiFi? Just make sure to install it properly. A professional authorized thermostat installer in Rhode Island is just a phone call away. An authorized installer can install it accurately, configure it to your tastes, and show you how to use it.