We live in the day and age of the Internet of Things (IoT). What that means is that there are a lot of “things” connected to the internet. It’s not just computers and smartphones anymore. Nowadays, you can connect your thermostat to WiFi and control it while on the go.
Forget to turn the thermostat down before you left the house? No problem.
At Metro Heating & Cooling, we carry a WiFi thermostat that can save you up to 23% on your heating or cooling costs. This number is determined by correlating how long the heating and cooling equipment runs in Minnesota weather conditions and the commonly desired temperature of 72 degrees. More than 20% savings can be a lot, which leads to a return on investment when opting for a professionally installed WiFi thermostat that gives you more control over your energy costs.
Entering The Smart Thermostat Game
At Metro Heating & Cooling, we carry the Ecobee WiFi thermostat, which has revolutionized the smart thermostat. The newest version has Amazon Alexa built in, allowing you to speak to your thermostat. You can give Alexa a set of commands. Examples of commands include adding items to your grocery list, reading you the latest news, or playing your favorite song.
The Ecobee thermostat also uses Room Sensor ™ technology. This can help you manage hot and cold spots throughout your home. One room sensor is included with the thermostat, but you can pair up to 32 sensors so you can monitor temperature and occupancy in the most important rooms. You can place sensors in your kitchen, bedroom, office, nursery, bathroom, den, etc. so you can achieve comfort in every area of the home.
Basically, you can make you and your family more comfortable while achieving better energy savings. When you save more energy, you are also doing the environment a favor. It’s fair to say that Ecobee is an environmentally friendly thermostat because of the amount of energy it can help you save (it’s in the name).
One Step Toward A Smart Home
A WiFi thermostat is also a step toward making your home a smart home. If you’re not already controlling the lights and other elements in your home with your smartphone, then Ecobee can get your foot in the smart home door. However, you can control Ecobee without a WiFi connection, so everything is ok if your WiFi goes out and you need to adjust the temperature in your home.
When you are on the go, you will need to make sure you have HomeKit installed on the mobile device you have brought with you. HomeKit is Ecobee’s mobile app. It is through this mobile app that you can be at work and lower your thermostat when the day becomes warmer than you thought it was going to be. The same can be said for a hot day. There have been many times that the temperature has gotten higher than forecast, which means you need to be able to turn on the air conditioning so the house isn’t sweltering when you get home.
There are many scenarios that can warrant having a WiFi thermostat. Having control, even when you’re not home, will reflect on your gas or electric bill in the way of reduced costs.
So should you get a WiFi thermostat?
If you’re not sure, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I travel?
- Do I want easy programming?
- Do I want to be able to change the temperature no matter where I am?
- Do I want to be able to monitor my HVAC system?
Answering “yes” to any of these means that you are most likely ready to take that step.