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5 Ways NEST Thermostat Can Keep Your Home Safe

5 Ways NEST Thermostat Can Keep Your Home Safe

Here is How NEST Thermostat Can Keep Your Home Safe

Are you one of those people who worry if you’ve set the thermostat correctly before you leave?

Every NEST thermostat comes with a safety temperature. This safety temperature feature of NEST thermostat prevents your home from extreme temperatures by automatically turning on cooling or heating when the set temperature limits are reached.

Here are 5 ways NEST thermostat can keep your home safe:

1. NEST thermostat ensures that your water pipes don’t burst due to freezing.

Pipe bursting due to freezing is a serious problem. When pipes are exposed to freezing temperature, the water inside the pipes freezes and ice starts to form inside the surface of the pipes.Studies have shown that pipe bursting happens when these two conditions occur:

a) Freezing temperature forms ice blockages in water pipes; and

b) Further ice growth applies dangerously high pressures to a confined water volume.

According to the, winter storms which cause pipe freezing account for almost 22% of all homeowners insurance claims in 2013 in the U.S., resulting to $1.9 billion in insured losses and making it as the third largest cause of catastrophe losses, behind only to hurricanes and tornadoes.

Money isn’t the only issue in fixing pipes that burst due to freezing. Fixing pipes during winter are often conducted under difficult working conditions and in an atmosphere of urgency. Pipe bursting as a result of pipe freezing can cause serious flooding and structural damage to your home. Molds also start to grow within 24 hours after the pipe bursting, adding damage to your home.

If the room temperature dips below the set safety temperature, your NEST thermostat will automatically start heating. You’ll get a notification via your phone or tablet in case the room temperature drops and another notification once the temperature returns to normal level.

Notifications about crucial drop of temperature depend on your internet and Wi-Fi connection at home. If your Wi-Fi connection is turned off at the time the temperature drops below the set safety temperature, you won’t be able to receive notifications. Even if your Wi-Fi network is turned off, your NEST thermostat will continue to maintain the set safety temperature.

2. NEST thermostat protects your home and your family from excessive heat.

While Canada is considered as the winter capital of the world, summer here can be very hot. Prolong exposure to extreme heat can lead to serious medical conditions like heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke.

“Heat waves can be thought of as ‘silent’ killers because they are not visible like floods, hurricanes, and other weather-related health hazards, and because intense heat can produce effects on vulnerable people quickly and unexpectedly,” the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas said.

Every year, nearly 120 heat-related deaths occur in Toronto, 41 in Ottawa and 121 in Montreal according to the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas.

Those most vulnerable to overheating are the elderly and small children who are likely to stay inside their homes during the day – the time when the heat is most intense. Because of the vulnerability of these age groups, homes have become a focus for concern for overheating. Homes that are built to prevent heat loss during winter – with improved insulation and airtight construction – may unintentionally increase overheating during the summer months, making the people inside these homes vulnerable.

If you’ve got a NEST thermostat at home, in case the temperature goes above the set safety temperature, this smart technology will automatically start cooling. If you’ve Wi-Fi connection, you’ll be able to receive notifications whenever overheating occurs at your home and each time the temperature returns to normal. Your thermostat will automatically normalize your home temperature even if your Wi-Fi network is offline.

3. NEST thermostat can protect your second home, if you have one, from pipe freezing and bursting.

Even if no one is occupying your second home, you can sleep tight knowing that your other property is protected from pipe freezing and bursting.

4. NEST thermostat and “NEST Protect” can protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide exposure at low concentrations can result in fatigue in healthy individuals. At higher concentrations, carbon monoxide can result in impaired coordination and vision, dizziness, heardaches, nausea and confusion. At very high concentrations, carbon monoxide can be fatal. Sources of carbon monoxide include hot water heaters, cars, fireplaces and wood stoves.

“Carbon monoxide is often called the ‘silent killer’ – its victims cannot see it, smell it or taste it,” the Canada Safety Council said. “It is an invisible, odorless gas that can poison, and even kill you.”

In Ontario alone, the Canada Safety Council said, that from 2001 to 2007, there have been 74 accidental deaths as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

In case there’s a carbon monoxide exposure at your home, your NEST Protect – with its industrial-grade carbon monoxide and smoke sensor – can automatically tell your NEST thermostat to turn off the heating system as a precaution.

5. NEST thermostat and “NEST Protect” can protect your family and home from fire.

Time is of the essence in fire prevention. According to Underwriters Laboratories, in the 1970s, it would take about 30 minutes for a fire to engulf a room; today it takes only less than 5 minutes.

In the same manner that both NEST Protect and NEST thermostat protect your home and family from carbon monoxide exposure, these two NEST products will also protect your family from fire. In the event that your NEST Protect detects smoke at your home, it will automatically communicate with your NEST thermostat to turn off your heating or cooling system.

Pipe freezing, excessive heat, carbon monoxide poisoning and fire could damage your home and could cost the lives of your loved ones. But these unfortunate incidents can be prevented.

Your NEST thermostat can prevent pipe freezing and excessive heat. And together with NEST Protect, your NEST thermostat can protect your home and loved ones from carbon monoxide poisoning and fire. These smart home solutions will give you peace of mind every time you leave.

Buying Home Air Filters 101

Buying Home Air Filters 101

Buying Home Air Filters 101

A home air filter is easily forgotten. It does its job all alone in the basement. Day by day it’s taken for granted.

Meanwhile, it gets full of tiny particles and, after a while, stops cleaning the air so well. Time for a change, if you remember. If you don’t it’s hello allergens. Not just that, but your system has to work a lot harder to keep the house warm or cool.

A good home air filter keeps pet dander, mold spores, dust and pollen from polluting your air. Changing your filter regularly is a must to keep your air safe and ensure your HVAC system works at peak efficiency.

Here are some valuable tips to help you choose the right filter for your home.

Choose the Right Size

The first thing to know is the size of your filter. Remove the existing filter to get the dimensions. Don’t skip this step. There are too many different sizes available to play it by ear.

Most residential HVAC systems use a 1-inch thick filter. But some homes use ones up to 4 inches thick because of the volume of air circulating through the home. There are adjustable filters for non-standard ventilation openings, as well.

The air filter should fit tightly in the opening. Don’t by a thinner or smaller one because it’s easier to install. Choose the thickest one that will fit.

The thicker the filter, the better. Thicker filters capture more particles and last longer. If possible, consider having an HVAC professional modify your system to accommodate a thicker filter.

Choose the Right Air Filter Rating

Size isn’t the only reason there are many filters available at your local home improvement store. Filters are rated based on how well they do at capturing particles.

The main way filters are rated is using the minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV. This system was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. A higher number means more particles are filtered out.

The minimum filter rating you should use in your home is 6. Per Consumer Reports, the top performers in their tests generally have a MERV of 10, or higher.

There are other rating systems for filters, like MPR. This is 3M’s Micro-Particle Performance Rating. Filters are rated based on how well they capture airborne particles smaller than 1 micron. The highest performers have MPR’s between 1500 and 1900.

The Home Depot uses its own rating system called the Filter Performance Rating, or FPR. The scale is 1-10 – the higher the rating, the more effective the filter.

Size and rating aren’t the only criteria, though. There are many types of filters to choose from too.

Choose the Right Type

Air filters use a variety of different materials and methods to trap particles and keep them from circulating throughout your home. Below are the most common.

Fiberglass

Inexpensive woven fiberglass filters have a single function. They block dirt and debris that could damage your furnace’s blower motor. 

They do remove some pollen and mold spores but that’s not their main job. If you consistently replace them each month and air quality isn’t a concern, they’ll work just fine.

Pleated

If you want a filter that works somewhat better than fiberglass and needs replacement less often, consider a pleated one. These are also inexpensive and they need to be replaced approximately every 3 months.

The pleats create a larger surface area, up to 4 times as much as fiberglass. This allows them to catch smaller particles for a longer period of time without affecting your furnace’s airflow.

Electrostatic

An electrostatic filter has cotton or paper fibers inside that self-charge to attract small particles. These filters are a good alternative in homes with smokers or pets. They cost more than pleated filters but are still relatively affordable.

Electrostatic filters are available in disposable and permanent styles. The permanent kind can be removed, washed and reinstalled. This allows them to last for 6-8 years.

If your home has an atypical filter size, electrostatic filters can be on the expensive side, which will add up when using the disposable ones.

High Efficiency

For folks with special situations, like allergy sufferers or those with autoimmune disorders, standard filters may not be enough.

High-efficiency filters using True HEPA technology are extremely effective at removing contaminants from your air. These filters are part of an overall air filtration system that combines a pre-filter with a HEPA filter and a charcoal filter.

The result is hospital-grade air filtration, equivalent to MERV 16, or higher. Certain systems can be easily integrated into your existing heating and cooling system.

Change Your Filter Regularly

If you remember nothing else from this article, remember to change or service your filter regularly!

The best filters can’t do their jobs right if they’re clogged with particles. Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendation for how often your filter should be changed.

Keep in mind air filters work harder in the summer months, when the air conditioning is running regularly. This happens because many blower motors run at a higher speed for air conditioning than they do for heating. Change your filter more often in the summer.

Another thing to remember is if there’s remodeling or construction going on in your home, your filter needs to be changed more often, as well. Remember, a clogged air filter doesn’t only affect air quality, it makes your furnace or air conditioner run less efficiently.

Something to know about pleated filters is clogging can cause overheating. When your unit overheats, it shuts down the burner. After this happens a few times, the limit switch will fail and the furnace won’t fire up. This results in a visit from your friendly neighborhood HVAC technician. The average cost for the part and service call is $175. Ouch!

To Sum It Up

Bet you didn’t know something you take for granted is such an important part of your HVAC system.

An air filter that balances particle filtration with unrestricted airflow allows your system to run at its best while keeping your air clean and safe. Look at all your options and choose your next air filter wisely.

Questions about air filters or your HVAC system, in general? Contact us. We’d love to help!

What is My Water Heater Life Span?

What is My Water Heater Life Span?

What is My Water Heater Life Span?

Unless you’re living in a tropical country, a reliable water heater is critically important to your quality of life.

If your water heater goes bust during winter months, it may not just be an inconvenience. This is a major appliance whose function can really affect your whole family!

So, how much do you know about your water heater? What is a water heater life span? In this article, we’ll explore some important questions and give you insight on how to ensure you never go without hot water.

Types of Water Heaters

There are basically three types of water heaters: conventional tank heaters, tankless heaters, and hybrid heaters that are basically a combination of the first two.

Conventional tank heaters store water in a tank and keep it continuously heated up to a predefined temperature. They vary in capacity and efficiency and can take up a lot of space. The main advantage of conventional tank heaters is that they are economical and reliable.

Tankless heaters heat water with an electric resistance element or a gas burner, providing hot water on demand. They are typically more expensive than conventional tank heaters and have a longer water heater life span, but take up much less space and reduce energy consumption.

Hybrid heaters combine a tank with on-demand heating. They can be fairly expensive, but live for a long while and can deliver more hot water faster than a standard gas or electric water heater.

Factors that Affect Your Water Heater Life Span

If properly maintained, a typical tank water heater can last for about a decade, while a tankless heater that’s not overused can last twenty years. Even if your heater seems to run perfectly, consider replacing it if it’s more than a decade old, as no heater is designed with more years in mind, and it may suddenly break down.

The most common issue with tank heaters is a leaking tank, but how do you prevent something like that? It turns out that you can, to a large extent.

By flushing the tank to drain sediments, and by checking the anode rod annually, you ensure the inside of your heater is rust-free and safe from damage caused by sediment.

When it comes to tankless heaters, depleting them regularly due to overuse may cause damage to the interior lining and make them deteriorate faster, reducing their water heater life span.

Increasing your Water Heater Life Span

As seen above, you can extend your water heater life span by proper maintenance and prudent use. Let’s see some important details below:

Pressure Relief

The pressure relief valve will reduce pressure in a tank heater to prevent mechanical damage from high pressure. A stuck valve can lead to leaks, and in dramatic cases even heater explosions!

The pressure relief valve is typically on top of your water heater and opens automatically when pressure reaches a certain threshold. To check it, just place a bucket below and slowly open it to test if it’s working. It’s best to do so when the heater is full but NOT working, so the water is cold.

Replacing the pressure relief valve is easy as most models allow you to just unscrew the old one and screw back the replacement. Note that if you’ve never tested your valve and your heater is several years old, you may cause it to leak after testing it. Replace immediately if that happens.

Draining the Tank

In order to drain the tank, first turn off the heat. Electric heaters will just have an ‘off’ button, while gas heaters might have a dial that goes down to ‘0’.

Then, shut the valve that feeds the water heater and then turn on the hot water (any faucet will do) to drain the water inside the tank. Leave this faucet on for as long as you want your tank to remain empty.

Again, it’s best to wait several hours from turning off the heat to draining your heater, to allow the water to cool down.

Flushing out Sediment

The bottom of your tank might collect sediment as the years go by. Sediment buildup will deteriorate your tank faster while reducing its efficiency (you’ll be heating useless sediment instead of actual water.)

You don’t have to empty your tank to remove sediment. A few gallons from the bottom will do. Just keep emptying until you see the water come out clear. If sediment is left in the tank for too long, it can solidify and become impossible to remove.

Signs and symptoms that it’s time to replace your heater

Obviously, if your heater is leaking, it’s a clear sign that’s something is going wrong! Leaky heaters almost always need replacement, but a professional plumber might be able to repair it if the issue is localized, and especially if it’s the pressure valve.

Apart from leaking, there are several other signs and symptoms that will tell you if your heater is malfunctioning or if it’s getting closer to the end of its life. These symptoms include:

  • Red, yellow or rusty water: This indicates that your heater has rusted internally, but may be also caused if piping is rusty. To make sure it’s not your heater, drain it ASAP as indicated above and see what’s going on.
  • Lower water temperature: If water feels colder even if the temperature settings haven’t changed, then your heater might be malfunctioning. Shut it down and call an expert.
  • Rumbling, banging and other weird noises: Unusual noises can mean sediment buildup or other nasty problems. If you get this problem early, you may get away with just flushing sediment, but if you ignore rumbling noises, you may have to replace your heater sooner than you expect.

Hot water the smart way

In today’s interconnected world, water heaters are just one of many elements that make a modern house efficient and pleasant to live in. If you seek a comprehensive way to manage your home and all utilities, you should consider an efficient and cost-effective smart home bundle solution that will give automate your home the smart way and give you peace of mind.

Smart home bundles can cover everything from heating and cooling protection, to smoke detectors and smart locks, to proper annual maintenance that will maximize your water heater life span. Contact us today to find out how the leaders in smart home solutions in Canada can help you!

3 Ways Hard Water Increases Your Household Expenses

3 Ways Hard Water Increases Your Household Expenses

3 Ways Hard Water Increases Your Household Expenses

As water travels through rocks and soils, it absorbs very small amounts of minerals like calcium and magnesium. This is how it becomes hard water.

These two minerals aren’t necessarily a problem. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) considers dissolved calcium and magnesium in water as essential to human health. Calcium, in particular, is good for our bones and teeth; while magnesium is credited for preventing muscle weakness and irregular heartbeat.

What is Hard Water

A higher than average volume of calcium and magnesium in water makes water “hard”. Other minerals aside from calcium and magnesium like iron also result to hard water. Water hardness can come from surface water – water that moves through rocks and soils, groundwater, inorganic chemical and mining industries. Surface water is generally softer than groundwater.

Water hardness is primarily the amount of magnesium and calcium in water. It’s computed by adding up the concentrations of magnesium and calcium, and converting this value to an equivalent concentration of calcium carbonate in milligrams per liter (mg/L) of water.

In the paper “Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality”, Health Canada categorizes waters with a calcium carbonate concentration less than 75 mg/L as “soft”; between 75 and 150 mg/L as “moderately hard”; between 150 and 300 mg/L as “hard”; and more than 300 mg/L as “very hard”.

Water Quality Association (WQA), meanwhile, categorizes less than 1 grains per gallon (gpg) and less than 17 per mg/L as “soft”; 1 to 3.5 gpg or 17.1 to 60 mg/L as “slightly hard”; 3.5 to 7 gpg or 60 to 120 mg/L as “moderately hard”; 7 to 10.5 gpg or 120 to 180 mg/L as “hard”; and more than 10.5 gpg or more than 180 mg/L as “very hard”. Click here to view the water hardness level in your city.

Hard water increases your household expenses in three ways:

1. Hard Water Results in Excessive Soap and Detergent Consumption

Traditionally, hardness in water is tested by using soap. If the soap lathers or foams easily, the water is considered as soft. If it takes some time for the soap to lather, then the water is considered as hard. Hardness of water is evident in our daily household tasks, from personal grooming, bathing, dishwashing and laundering. As hard water makes it difficult to form lather, this lessens the cleaning effect of soaps and detergents. Water hardness makes soaps and detergents less effective as hardness renders active ingredient in soaps and detergents partially inactivated.

The harder the water, the more soaps and detergents are needed to clean your hands, hair, body or for washing your dishes and laundry. Hard water also causes graying of white fabrics and the loss of brightness in colored fabrics. It can also shorten the lifespan of your clothes.

2. Hard Water Lowers Efficiency, Shrinks Lifespan and Raises Costs of Water-Using Appliances

If you’ve ever used an electric kettle, chances are you’ve most likely spotted a limescale. It’s that stony, off-white crust covering the bottom of your electric kettle. This hard, off-white crust is also evident in your coffee maker and water heater.

When hard water is heated or left unattended, the dissolved minerals in it solidifies and forms a limescale – also known as calcium carbonate or simply scale – as the moisture evaporates. It can shrink the lifespan, lower the efficiency and raise the costs of heating water of water-using appliances. Limescale can also manifest through dry, itchy skin and scalp.

“Water quality is the single most important factor affecting the life of the water heater,” the Natural Resources Canada said in the paper “Water Heater Guide”.

According to the Natural Resources Canada, the average person in Canada uses 75 L of hot water per day and the average Canadian household uses 225 L. Hot water in Canadian homes are used mostly, according to the Natural Resources Canada for faucet use – food preparation and handwashing (34%), followed by shower (25%), bath (17%), clothes washer (15%), leak (5%) and dishwasher (4%).

A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report found that local water quality is one of the factors that affects most significantly to the performance and longevity of water heating equipment. The report highlighted that highly alkaline water – rich in calcium, magnesium and other minerals – will lead to the accumulation of “scale”, which will impact the efficiency of water heaters’ storage and can lead to decreased equipment life.

“Increasing the lifetime of water heaters can improve the cost-effectiveness and increase the amount of savings achieved by an efficient water heater investment,” the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report said.

3. Hard Water Clogs Pipes

Limescale can also develop on the inner walls of pipes where there’s hard water or water with high mineral content. As water travels through the pipes, calcium ions present in hard water react with the air inside to form limescale. The limescale buildup can slowly clog water pipes, resulting in lowering of water pressure and less water movement. Limescale inside your pipes may require an expensive pipe replacement.

How is Hard Water Treated

A New Mexico State University report found that preventing and reducing limescale buildup in appliances and pipes, households could achieve longer lifespan for their water-using appliances and pipes between 25 and 40 percent.

A water softener is a home water filtration system that removes up to 99.9% of harmful minerals in your household water. By installing a water softener in your home, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  1. Save money on soaps and detergents;
  2. For use fewer soaps and detergents, you help save the environment; and
  3. Prolong the lifespan, increase efficiency and lowers the cost of your water-using appliances and pipes.

“Conditioning of water, including central softening and stabilization, may be necessary to reduce corrosion of piping materials and/or scaling effects in installations and to improve consumer acceptability,” WHO said. “Corrosion and scaling can be associated with adverse effects on health (from leachates such as lead) and the environment (from leachates such as copper if the water is not conditioned) and reduced lifespan of the distribution network and appliances using water.”

3 Cool Reasons to Try a Wireless Thermostat

3 Cool Reasons to Try a Wireless Thermostat

3 Cool Reasons to Try a Wireless Thermostat

The dog days of summer are some of the worst! With soaring temperatures and high humidity, staying indoors is often ideal. However, keeping your home cool when it is blistering outside can be hard.

Summer means that your home’s air conditioning unit is working hard and long hours. Keeping your home cool doesn’t have to break the bank! Enter smart living.

Smart living involves incorporating smart technology into your home. Technologies include:

  • Wireless thermostat
  • Smart appliances
  • Smart furniture

This technology is on the up and up! In fact, by 2020, there will be 50 billion Internet-connected devices.

In your home, one of the simplest ways to incorporate smart living is by using a wireless thermostat. Gone are the days of having to be physically at your home to control the temperature!

Read on to learn about wireless thermostats and how they can benefit you.

What is a wireless thermostat?

A wireless thermostat is a device that automates the temperature of your home. These thermostats may also be called WiFi or smart thermostats.

These thermostats use sensors that control the HVAC system.

Standard thermostats have to be physically adjusted. However, a wireless thermostat can be adjusted from anywhere at anytime.

Image setting the temperature of your home while you are hundreds of miles away!

With a WiFi thermostat, you can adjust temperatures to:

  • Your sleep schedule
  • Your work schedule
  • Your vacation days
  • Outdoor temperatures

How smart thermometers work

In order for this thermostat to work, there must be an available Internet connection.

Using the Internet, the thermostat can remotely receive directions sent from a:

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Laptop
  • Web app

You can remotely turn the system on or off, change the temperature and change the schedule.

Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about leaving your AC running when you are away from your home?

With a smart thermostat, this is a worry of the past!

The ability to adjust your thermostat remotely offers a variety of benefits. Read on to learn how a WiFi thermostat can help save you money!

Top 5 benefits of using a wireless thermostat

The benefits of smart thermostats are endless. Here are 5 benefits that are sure to wow you.

1. Control your system from anywhere at anytime

With conventional thermostats, you can only control the system is you are at home. Once you leave for work or go on vacation, the system is inaccessible.

A smart thermostat allows you to control your system, no matter where you are! All you need is a WiFi connection and you’re back in control.

You can control your air conditioning unit from vacation, while at work, or while you’re outside.

Looking for a cool house after spending hours completing yard work? Want to control how often the system runs while you are away on vacation?

All of this is possible with a WiFi thermostat! You can control the system from a mobile phone, tablet or any connected device.

2. Money savings

Do you know just how expensive air conditioning can be? On average, we spend $22 billion each year to run air conditioning in our homes. The costs of keeping a home cool are pricey.

The good news? Having control over your thermostat means you have more control over your money!

We are all guilty of leaving the system running when we are away from home. But once you lock the door, you have no way to turn the system down.

But, with a smart thermostat, you will waste a lot less energy and a lot less money. You can turn off and adjust the system from anywhere. Vacation-mode: activated!

This level of control is a true money saver!

3. Monitor temperatures inside and out

Of course, a thermostat will monitor the temperature inside of your home. However, a WiFi thermostat also knows how hot or cold it is outside!

The ability to monitor outdoor conditions allows you to choose the best temperature for your home. The weather can be unpredictable. The temperature can drop 5 or more degrees in just a few hours.

The temperature outside impacts the ideal temperature of your home inside.

Ensuring your home remains at a comfortable temperature is a must. No one wants to walk into a home that is too hot or too cold!

4. Energy efficient

Going smart and going green typically go hand-in-hand! We can all do a little to decrease our electricity usage.

How many times have you left for the day and forgotten to turn off or adjust the temperature on the thermostat?

Running your air conditioner can be costly for you and for the environment. The ability to control your thermostat from anywhere means you can lessen the amount of electricity your home uses.

With smart thermostats, you can also set power consumption limits. When you near or reach the limit, you can receive an alert.

5. Energy usage reports

The truth is always in the numbers. Wireless thermostats are often able to provide you with monthly and yearly usage reports. These reports will show you:

  • Energy usage
  • Money saved
  • Usage comparison to neighbors and average usage
  • Ways to reduce energy usage
  • An overall energy rank

These reports can lead to even more money savings!

Potential limitations

As with any technology, there are limitations to be aware of. While smart thermostats are ideal for any home, knowing the limitations is ideal.

Read on to learn about potential WiFi thermostat limitations.

Signal transmission

The ability for signals to be transmitted within your home depends on the walls. Block and metal walls can cause interference and reception problems. Ensure your home allows for proper signal transmission.

To avoid this issue, do not mount the thermostat on these walls. Also avoid placing the thermostat near other frequencies, such as a microwave.

Wireless thermostats have wires

One misconception about wireless thermostats is that they are entirely wireless.

These thermostats use the same wired connection as a standard thermostat. The difference is that a smart thermostat can be controlled using a wireless connection.

These thermostats also require batteries. Low or dead batteries can cause unpredictable impacts.

Be sure the thermostat is properly connected. Also, ensure the thermostat has fully charged and working batteries.

What to look for in a WiFi thermostat

The WiFi thermostat making is ever-growing. In fact, there are dozens of wireless thermostats on the market.

So how do you know which one to choose? Here are must-haves to look for before purchasing a smart thermostat.

System compatibility

The wireless thermostat you choose must be compatible with your existing HVAC system. Before purchasing and installing the thermostat, be sure it works with your system.

To determine compatibility, you’ll need to know the type of system your home is fitted with.

System types include:

  • 1 Stage – Used when there are separate air conditioning and heating units
  • 2 Stage – Heating and cooling units that have low and high speeds
  • Direct line voltage – 110 or 240 direct current power; often found in older homes
  • 24mV – Used with a wall, fireplace or floor furnace
  • Zone heating – Heating and cooling that is controlled in various areas from the same HVAC system

The thermostat you purchase will indicate the type of system it is compatible with. Look before you buy!

Mobile compatibility

The purpose of a WiFi thermostat is that you can control it remotely. Ensure the thermostat you choose allows you to control your home’s system from any mobile device.

The thermostat you choose should work on a variety of devices to include smartphones, tablets and laptops. The thermostat should also work no matter if you’re using an Android or iOS operating system.

Full mobile compatibility is a must!

Variety of features

Every wireless thermostat offers a set of features. Be sure the thermostat you choose allows you to:

  • Set timers and schedules
  • Adjust the temperature
  • Turn the system on and off
  • Set usage thresholds and alerts

These features will allow you to get the most out of your smart thermostat. Get the most bang for your buck with these features.

Easy to use

Controlling the WiFi thermostat shouldn’t be rocket science. Before purchasing, take a look at the control interface.

Is it easy to use? Are you able to navigate around the app?

Understanding how to control your smart thermostat is important. Don’t buy before checking out the app interface.

You’ll also want to determine how often the app is updated. App updates can impact how well you are able to control the system.

Make sure that the company provides routine updates to the app.

Smart technology is the way of the future

Looking to incorporate smart technology in your home? Want to know if automated solutions can save you money and reduce energy usage? Tired of spending hundreds of dollars to keep your home livable?

If so, Simply Smart Services is the company for you. We offer a variety of smart home automated solutions. Give yourself peace of mind with smart technology.

Contact us today to learn how we can improve your heating and cooling system.