The next great step forward in thermostat technology has arrived—Wi-Fi compatibility. Wi-Fi thermostats offer the same functions and features as standard programmable thermostats—with one major difference. They communicate with your home wireless network, allowing you to monitor and control your system remotely.
In other words, it’s now possible to set your thermostat over the Internet. In some cases, you can even do so using a mobile device. For instance, customers may download the free Honeywell Total Connect Comfort app for smartphones or tablets as a companion to Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostats. With the app, you can set the home climate from anywhere, at any time, whether you’re on the couch or on the go.
While thermostat programming remains a money-saver and a comfort convenience, family schedules are always prone to sudden alterations. With Wi-Fi thermostats and the unprecedented level of control they afford, you can instantly adjust your thermostat to accommodate all such inevitable changes.
Perhaps even more important is that your Wi-Fi thermostat can alert you to problems with your equipment. In HVAC, as in life generally, knowledge is power. Perhaps the value of system monitoring can be best understood by way of example. Picture this: Your home furnace stops working in the dead of winter, while you’re away on a weeklong vacation in Florida. In the past, furnace failure might have spelled disaster—frozen pipes and the extensive, expensive damage they bring. But if your home were equipped with a Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat, and if your smartphone had the Honeywell app, you would receive a message alerting you to the problem. Certainly, it would not be happy news, but at least you could take action to protect your home from harm. In the end, heating and cooling appliances don’t simply make the home comfortable, they protect it as well.
This post was written in collaboration with BobVila.com