Selecting a Wi-Fi Thermostat for Your Heating and Cooling System
If you’re looking to upgrade your HVAC thermostat there’s several factors that need to be considered. Thermostats aren’t a universal one size fits all device for every heating and cooling system. Keep in mind how many kinds of heating and cooling system configurations there could be:
- Standard gas furnace with air conditioning
- Electric strip heating with heat pump
- Dual fuel- Gas furnace with heat pump
- Boiler with central cooling
This is just a basic example of common systems over the past 30 years and doesn’t include multi staging, modulating or premium high efficiency heating and cooling equipment.
When you’re trying to select the correct thermostat, you need to know what kind of heating and cooling system you have. Choosing the wrong wall thermostat could damage the equipment, cause it to malfunction, reduce your comfort or drastically increase your energy usage. Our local utility company has been offering free Wi-Fi thermostats for years but if your system is anything more than a basic furnace with an air conditioner look for better options. Plus keep in mind their free thermostat lets them turn off your cooling when it gets hot outside for up to 15 minutes per hour. There’s also another thing to consider, your internet security. Remember this is an open gateway into your internet connection.
If you’re considering upgrading your heating and cooling equipment soon, I would recommend using the new equipment’s manufactures thermostat. These thermostats are designed to get the best performance, comfort and energy efficiency from the equipment your installing. Heartland Quality Heating and Cooling installs Econet, Nexia and Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostats. These products are Wi-Fi secure and will accommodate any heating cooling system on the market.