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WiFi Thermostats: Save energy and Protect You from Catastrophe

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, May 05, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

young woman wifi thermostatThe latest generation of high-tech programmable thermostats incorporate home networking capabilities for remote management of comfort, HVAC systems and energy expenditures. Read on to see how WiFi thermostats can keep you in touch with comfort control, save energy and perhaps prevent a catastrophe in your greater Cleveland home.

Programmable Comfort Control

Home automation devices, such as WiFi thermostats, have leveraged the Internet world in ways that make life more comfortable and convenient, as well as offer nice energy savings without sacrificing comfort. Here are the basics of programmable comfort control:

  • WiFi thermostats are designed to work with the latest technologies of home comfort systems, including variable-speed blowers, inverter compressors, ventilation and air quality systems.
  • These systems are typically higher efficiency for heating and cooling and benefit from the programming and system monitoring capabilities of programmable WiFi thermostats.
  • The WiFi thermostat is usually professionally installed and linked to compatible comfort systems, as well as to the home’s WiFi or wired network. Some models include onboard WiFi capabilities.
  • The thermostats are fully programmable, offering four or more temperature changes per day, seven days a week.
  • The homeowner may communicate with the thermostat via a smartphone app, tablet or Internet-connected computer.
  • All compatible HVAC systems, including supplemental furnace equipment, may be monitored and adjusted as needed for comfort and/or energy savings to suit the routine of household occupants.
  • Some WiFi thermostats are self-programming and learn the routine and temperature habits of occupants using multiple sensors inside the home.
  • Optional outdoor sensors are available that offer greater control of indoor comfort and system performance by monitoring outdoor temperature and humidity and automatically adjusting comfort systems for peak efficiency.

The benefits of these high-tech automated programming thermostats are quite attractive for homeowners seeking superior comfort, energy efficiency and convenience. 

  • Sleeping in or working late? Use your smartphone app to quickly update programming.
  • Check your home comfort systems while on a winter retreat or a weekend getaway. When weather is really cold, the system can alert you and/or your heating contractor if the heat has failed.  This can prevent costly damage from frozen pipes while gone.
  • Lock out unauthorized users to better control energy expenditures.

For more details about the benefits of WiFi thermostats, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling.

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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: save energy, thermostats, WiFi thermostats, home comfort, programmable thermostat

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