If you’re still yet to upgrade to a WI-FI enabled thermostat, then you are more than likely in the process of weighing up the pros and cons.
Some of the benefits are more obvious, such as remote access to your heating controls, while others are less clear, for example, reduced utility bills.
This article will highlight several pros and cons of Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, allowing you to decide whether or not it’s the best choice for you.
Pros of a Wi-FI enabled thermostat
To begin with, we will start by outlining the benefits of a thermostat that connects to the Wi-FI – you can find these below:
Control your heating from remotely
This may seem like a rather obvious one. However, with a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature remotely.
This is useful for several reasons. For example, if you know you’re going to be home late from the office, then you can schedule the heating to come on a little later. This allows you to avoid energy wastage, and ensures you return home to a nice and warm home.
Reduce your overall energy consumption with a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat
Following on from our previous point, a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat allows you to reduce your overall energy consumption.
Not only can you schedule your heating on the fly, whether you’re going into the office earlier than usual or returning home later, but your thermostat can learn from your heating patterns and provide suggestions to reduce energy consumption further.
Besides, they’re called smart thermostats for a reason.
More efficient heating of your home
Our final benefit is the increased heat and energy efficiency of your home. As you can adjust on the fly, and because your new thermostat learns from your daily heating routines, you’re guaranteed to have a warm home in the colder months, all without that hefty heating bill we all dread.
Cons of a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat
Now that we’ve discussed the good stuff, let’s discuss the not so good stuff… or, as we like to call them, cons:
It can be an expensive purchase
Purchasing a new thermostat can be expensive – there’s no doubt about it. However, we recommend comparing costs from your current heating and energy bills to estimates from smart thermostats.
The difference may shock you. Heck, it may even make you buy one on the fly…
A potential security threat?
Finally, as with any smart device, a Wi-FI-enabled t thermostat does pose a slight security threat.
And while the chances of someone hacking into your thermostat are unlikely, it is something you should be aware of.