Do you remember the first time you heard of a “smart” house that could anticipate and respond to the household’s needs? Today, everyone can make their home smarter and more energy efficient by installing a WiFi thermostat. More specifically, your home oil-fired heating system could yield even better results if used in conjunction with a WiFi thermostat. Keep scrolling to learn how a installing a WiFi thermostat can make your oil heat perform better:
Benefits of Programmable and Learning Thermostats
The temperature and climate of your home can be difficult to control when you are continually adjusting the thermostat. There is a fine line between having comfort and maintaining energy efficiency. If your home will be empty all day, the heat does not need to run full blast. However, you should also avoid turning off the heat completely, as that will affect the climate of your home and make it harder for it to regain a comfortable temperature.
Learning thermostats take note of your schedule and adjust accordingly, while programmable features allow you to input instructions directly. These units will help your oil-heating unit perform better by keeping it wasting fuel or overworking itself unnecessarily.
Not All Smart Thermostats Are Equal
You are probably familiar with a few of the companies that came out with the first smart thermostats, including Nest, Ecobee, and Honeywell. Many makers followed suit, resulting in a flood of programmable thermostats on the market. However, the varying models come equipped with quite different features and capabilities. Instead of making an impulse buy online or in store, do your research and talk to a home heating specialist before investing in any particular model.
What a Thermostat Can Tell You
WiFi-enabled thermostats can provide homeowners with a wealth of valuable information. Some units will send emails or notify your smartphone if your power goes out or the home’s humidity gets out of control. Filter reminders are sent automatically, and are calculated based on filter type and use. You can also control all thermostat settings from your smartphone using the unit’s corresponding iPhone or Android app. This level of control is ideal for those returning from vacation, leaving for a vacation home, or simply preparing to leave for or return from work on a daily basis.
Analyze and Adjust Your Heating Consumption
WiFi-enabled thermostats allow you to record and examine data from each day of use. You can download the unit’s mobile application to easily review data from the palm of your hand. Information found in the mobile apps includes both energy consumption and energy savings. You can also use various online tools to calculate how much more you could save each month by adjusting the thermostat by three or four degrees.
Get Smart with a WiFi-Enabled Thermostat
Help reduce energy usage and costs by upgrading to a WiFi thermostat. Your oil heat unit will work more efficiently than ever before, keeping your home warm without any energy waste. To learn more, contact Princeton Fuel Oil today.