Is It Better to Buy a Wireless or a Smart Thermostat?

If you’re considering upgrading your home thermostat, you’ll probably find yourself faced with the wireless vs. smart choice. New technology has substantially morphed the old manual thermostat into more-advanced units that offer easier access and greater connectivity. Both thermostats in the wireless vs. smart debate will lower your monthly operating costs and make indoor comfort more consistent and convenient.

Differences between these two thermostat types may or may not be significant, depending on the individual homeowner’s needs and budget. To clarify the distinction, here’s a brief wireless vs. smart comparison.

Wireless Thermostats

Wireless thermostats connect to your HVAC system via a standard Wi-Fi connection that utilizes your home router. This means you have access to all thermostat information and control functions using the manufacturer’s app on your phone, your tablet, or your laptop, from anywhere in the world. These functions include:

  • Remotely monitoring indoor temperatures and conditions, such as relative humidity.
  • Altering programmed temperatures.
  • Receiving alerts about unusually high or low temperatures.
  • Receiving reminders about required routine maintenance, such as changing the air filter.
  • Tracking energy usage.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats typically offer all functions of a wireless thermostat, plus these additional features:

  • As the term smart implies, these models learn daily patterns of occupancy and temperature preferences inside your home. Data provided by sensors enables the unit to set optimum temperature schedules without manual programming by the owner, as well as to automatically alter the schedule if and when data changes.
  • Smart thermostats typically offer conveniences such as geofencing, which informs the unit as you travel a certain distance away from home, as well as when you are on your way back, automatically adjusting the indoor temperature accordingly.
  • Integrated diagnostic features that detect certain system malfunctions.

A comprehensive wireless vs. smart price comparison depends on specific features of each unit. In general, however, a smart thermostat is priced an average of $100 higher than the typical wireless thermostat.

If you have more questions so that you can make an informed wireless vs. smart buying decision, contact Paitson Bros. We’ve been keeping Terre Haute homeowners current on the latest HVAC advancements since 1922.

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