Downriver MI: Wi-Fi Thermostats Tips

Wi Fi Thermostat

Wi Fi Thermostat

BY Phil Ryskamp, Expert Heating & Cooling Service Manager

In the Downriver, Michigan area, there is a heating and cooling company that stands out in a crowd. Expert Heating and Cooling expanded for a third time in 2014 to over 21,000 square feet of space to service and store the best brands and systems needed for residential and commercial clients. Roughly fifty employees provide emergency troubleshooting, repairs, preventive maintenance, equipment installations as well as design build and plan and spec services. From your first contact to the completion of service calls or installation you will experience excellent communication. Whether clients are interested in designing a new residential or commercial system, having a furnace or air conditioner replaced, or having an existing system serviced you can plan on speaking with and developing a plan with a trained industry professional.  

Wi-Fi thermostats, unlike traditional heating and cooling thermostats, connect to the Internet via a home or business network or a dedicated Internet router. Like traditional thermostats, Wi-Fi thermostats connect by a thin, multi-wire cable to heating and air conditioning equipment. Let’s discuss some features of Wi-Fi thermostats that improve the function of a heating and cooling system:

  • Allow remote monitoring and adjustment to residential and business heating and cooling systems
  • Alarms and email notifications
  • Access from smart phones, tablets, laptops, or desktop computers
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Easy programming
  • Outdoor temperature display
  • Weather reports
  • Improved energy savings
  • Improved comfort
  • Equipment usage reports
  • Advanced control of equipment

Remote access. Using a Wi-Fi thermostat, a home or business owner can change the set point of his or her heating and cooling system from a mobile device or computer. A homeowner may want to change the set point remotely for energy savings or to improve comfort for a family member in the home. In addition, users of Wi-Fi thermostats can monitor the temperature and operation of heating and cooling equipment without being on site.

Access from many devices. A competitive advantage of Wi-Fi thermostats lies in the ability of consumers to monitor and interact with heating and cooling equipment from a smart phone, tablet, laptop computer, or desktop computer. Mobile access to operation of heating and cooling equipment changes our strategies for indoor comfort, energy savings, and peace of mind.

Alarms and notifications. Most brands and models of Wi-Fi thermostats display alarms when the indoor temperature or humidity is outside of the desired set points. Users can program email notifications on many thermostat models, allowing immediate notification of system problems. Property managers and owners of second homes become aware of equipment failures as soon as emergencies arise.

Intuitive interface and easy programming. Most Wi-Fi thermostats are easy to program for scheduled changes in occupied and unoccupied set points. For example, Carrier Côr and Infinity Wi-Fi thermostats offer ‘guided tours’ to users for making programming changes. Tech savvy consumers and technology novices find mobile apps straightforward and intuitive for remote access.

Our next blog discussing more Wi-Fi Thermostat tips will cover outdoor temperature display and weather forecasts, improved energy savings and improved comfort, and operation usage reports. The final blog of the Wi-Fi Thermostat topic will cover advanced capabilities of Wi-Fi thermostats and examples of modern controls strategies for the consumer.

Expert Heating and Cooling has many options when it comes to your heating and cooling needs. With a heavy concentration of customers in the Downriver area, the company also performs installation and service in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Monroe counties. Please contact the office at 734.676.4488 to inquire about how the Expert staff may help you take control of your indoor temperature. They look forward to assisting you stay safe, save money and enjoy the peace of mind knowing your home or commercial system is working with capable trained technicians on call for you.