By: Brian Schutt
Have you jumped on the programmable thermostat with a Wi-Fi wagon yet? Whether you have an old manual dial thermostat or have a basic programmable model, there’s room to grow. Today’s thermostats offer a lot of benefits for your convenience and cost savings in your Indianapolis home.
Programmable Thermostat with Wi-Fi Features
Wi-Fi Thermostat Settings and Modes
The most basic programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat allows for settings or modes to reflect your household routine. For example, if your weekday routine consists of an empty house from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., it heats or cools your home, accordingly, often dropping your utility bills.
A weekend setting may reflect occupancy from dawn until dusk. A third setting, “vacation,” allows you to set your minimums and maximums when the house is unoccupied for several days in a row.
Now, technology continues to advance, and the next generation offers multiple settings. A Wi-Fi thermostat is built upon a programmable foundation. Many in this category allow you to program each day specifically.
For example, if your household routine is similar Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, program it for those days. Assume, however, the house is empty until 10 p.m. on Fridays because of school sports, or perhaps, you work from home on Tuesdays. Program your Wi-Fi thermostat to reflect these nuances.
A Wi-Fi thermostat goes a step further. Connect to your thermostat using an app on your smartphone or tablet to switch settings on the fly.
Cold front moving in? Adjust the temperature from your office so it’s toasty when your kids get off the bus. Flight delay? Adjust the temperature to reflect the change in your plans, from the airport.
One of the most helpful: tucked into bed and it feels stuffy? Change the thermostat from the comfort of your bed.
Alerts and Notifications
Some models, such as the ENVI by Daikin possess the ability to alert you when there is a malfunction in HVAC operation. These models also notify you when it’s time to change the air filter.
The increased communication between the thermostat and the HVAC system helps to prevent a major repair or breakdown. If the furnace starts to perform erratically, for example, the thermostat might alert you via the app on your smartphone before you have a chance to notice.
This may allow you to schedule an appointment earlier. It may also help you catch a minor problem before it becomes a major one.
What’s a “Smart” Wi-Fi Thermostat?
You may have heard a lot about “smart” thermostats over the last few years. The concept of “smart” technology in general, means one which “learns” and begins to perform almost “intuitively.”
In Wi-Fi thermostat terms, it means after a week or two of manual programming, the Wi-Fi thermostat “learns” your household rhythms and adjusts the temperature settings accordingly.
We caution homeowners against purchasing something from a cool display at a big box store. Different heating and air systems pair better with certain thermostats. One Wi-Fi thermostat is not equal to another and may conflict with your HVAC system’s capacity.
We’re happy to provide a recommendation based on your specific system and your typical usage. If you’re thinking of an air conditioner, heat pump or furnace upgrade, we can roll an appropriate thermostat pairing into the estimate.
Get a Custom Recommendation for a Programmable Thermostat with Wi-Fi for your Indianapolis Home from Homesense Heating & Cooling
If you’re a homeowner in the Indianapolis area, such as Butler-Tarkington, or surrounding suburbs, Homesense Heating & Cooling is available for your HVAC service, repair and installation needs. Our team also works closely with property managers and real estate investors on heating and air issues.
Have you scheduled HVAC service recently? If not, call us at (317) 458-9255. Our expert technicians perform comprehensive inspections during each service visit. They also note signs of excess wear and tear, which prevent a big repair or even an inconvenient breakdown.
With regular service, your heating and cooling equipment operates efficiently and safely. Plus, routine maintenance from a certified professional keeps most manufacturer warranties intact.
We believe in ongoing education, so our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair any brand. Regardless of the age of your HVAC system, we encourage you to take advantage of our preventative heating and air service agreement.
It’s a great value – saving on hassles, time and money. We care about your safety and comfort, so please call us when you need help.
Call Homesense Heating & Cooling at (317) 458-9255 or submit an appointment request form today.