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Wi-Fi Thermostat: The Pros and Cons for Columbus and Opelika Residents

Are you curious about this evolution in technology and the benefits of a Wi-Fi thermostat? We’ve come a long way from the manual dial models. Learn more before you buy something off the shelf at a big box store.
It’s important because not every model is fully compatible with every HVAC unit. Get a custom recommendation from the Energy Savers team to realize the full potential of the technology in your Opelika or Columbus home.

The Pros of a Wi-Fi Thermostat

1. It’s an energy saver!

A Wi-Fi thermostat, like the Infinity System Control from Carrier, has occupancy-sensing abilities. It detects when no one’s home and adjusts the heating and air accordingly. There’s no point in running your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump at the optimal temperature if there’s no one there to benefit.
This saves you money on your monthly bills! The Infinity system also catalogs usage to inform you about your energy habits. The information allows you to make adjustments and save even more on utilities. How cool is that?

2. Remote access

Remote access is one of the main reasons homeowners want smart thermostats. Why get up and walk to your thermostat to change the temperature when you could adjust it from your smartphone? Are you coming back home from vacation and want to make sure the house is warm when you arrive?
You can change your settings from anywhere. The Infinity system, for example, connects to Alexa so you can adjust settings with a voice command.

3. Maintenance alerts

When is the last time you changed the air filter in your air conditioner, heat pump or furnace? If you perform all of the little maintenance checks and service, your system lasts longer and costs less in the long-run. A Wi-Fi thermostat notifies you when it’s time for preventative maintenance.

The Cons of a Wi-Fi Thermostat

1. Compatibility

Do your research before you buy. Not every Wi-Fi thermostat works with your HVAC system. Know the make and model of your equipment before making your thermostat purchase. For instance, whether your HVAC equipment is a single-speed or a variable speed impacts the effectiveness of a “smart” thermostat from any big box store.
Another thing to consider is the compatibility with other home automation devices. Some smart devices are incompatible or require complicated data connectors in order to “speak” to one another.

2. Initial Cost

Smart thermostats aren’t cheap with typical prices of $200-$300. This begs the question if it’s worth the initial cost. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates a programmable thermostat can save average households around $180 per year.

3. Complex Installation

If your idea of a fun weekend is reading a confusing owner’s manual and Googling help articles, then go for the self-installation. Unfortunately, many homeowners try self-installing their smart thermostats only to find out they made a crucial mistake later. This can lead to damaged HVAC systems. Why not have an expert install it right the first time?

The Verdict on a Wi-Fi Thermostat

The pros outweigh the cons. While the negatives can seem daunting at first, homeowners are typically happy after the initial investment. After the first year or two, a Wi-Fi thermostat should pay for itself in energy savings.

Why Choose Energy Savers for Heating and Cooling

For more than 40 years, Energy Savers has provided HVAC and air quality solutions to home and business owners. Energy Savers services and repairs all brands of HVAC equipment and installs quality new equipment as a proud Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer.
If you would like a free estimate and personalized Wi-Fi thermostat consultation, please call us or submit contact info here and we’ll call you! We are happy to help you navigate the various options available in heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality.
Energy Savers is proud to deliver great customer service in and around Columbus, Georgia and Opelika, Alabama. For better comfort and healthy air, call us for heating and cooling help today.