3 Things You Should Know About Wi-Fi Thermostats

Wi-Fi thermostats are the newest development in the app economy. Now, instead of controlling your air conditioner by a single dial, you can control it from anywhere in your home, or in the world, by using your phone. Here are the top things you should know about Wi-Fi thermostats.

Wi-Fi Thermostats Are Money Savers

Wi-Fi thermostats aren't just the latest toy or a fancy gadget to show off when your friends come over. They can actually save you money.

If you forget to turn off the air conditioner before you leave for a three day weekend, you've just increased your cooling costs by 10 percent that month. Unless, of course, you have a Wi-Fi thermostat and can turn your air conditioner off from your phone as soon as you remember.

Whereas an old-fashioned programmable thermostat might only have the option to leave the air conditioner running all day or have it turn on at a set time that might end up being too early on some days, a Wi-Fi thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature whenever so that you can come home to a freshly-cooled house. Just get on the app when you're ready to head home.

No Special Installation is Required

Installing a Wi-Fi thermostat is an easy do-it-yourself task. You don't need any special tools or knowledge.

If you are able to find a Wi-Fi thermostat made by the same manufacturer as your existing thermostat, it could be as simple as sliding the old one off the wall and sliding in the new one.

If your new thermostat does not fit the wall base, you just need a screw driver to take off the old base. Unplug the wires, plug them into the same color holes on your new base, screw the base to the wall, and slide your new thermostat in.

Of course, if you're not comfortable doing this, an HVAC technician from a professional company like Drew Green Heating & Cooling will be happy to help you.

You Might Qualify For a Rebate Or Tax Credit

Wi-Fi thermostats are considered green technology because they help you cut down on your air conditioning and heating usage. They can also provide you with additional data about when your HVAC system runs to help you find more savings.

Utility companies, local governments, and the IRS routinely offer rebates or tax credits for installing green technology. Be sure to check the current year's offers if you decide to upgrade your thermostat.

To get a quote for a Wi-Fi thermostat for your home or to schedule an installation, contact a local HVAC contractor today.