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How Wi-Fi Thermostats Help Create Safer, More Comfortable Homes

For many homeowners, most of their energy bill goes toward heating and cooling. Now more than ever, there’s a “smart” way you can lower these costs while enjoying optimum comfort in your home. We’re talking about Wi-Fi thermostats—Internet-connected devices that are an economical, practical, and modern way to control your home’s overall indoor comfort. Below, RJ Heating and Air Conditioning shares the benefits these devices can provide.

How Do Wi-Fi Thermostats Work?

These thermostats let you set everything from heating and cooling to humidity and beyond—all from your smartphone or other device connected to the Internet. That means you can set your home to warm up before you get there, program it to run at lower settings while you’re away, and more. If you have zoned heating, you’ll have control over each of those areas as well.

How Do Wi-Fi Thermostats Automate Heating and Cooling?

Today’s Wi-Fi or “smart” thermostats take notice of your temperature preferences whether home or away and will automatically make changes to accommodate. Some newer models can even detect when your smartphone is near to help ensure your heating and cooling is only turned up when you are home.

What Monitoring and Reminders Do Wi-Fi Thermostats Provide?

With Wi-Fi thermostats, you won’t have to wait for that monthly bill to review usage and costs. These devices allow you to check your heating and cooling unit’s performance in real time and make adjustments as you see fit. You can also receive recommendations or scheduled reminders (like changing the air filter) to improve energy efficiency and overall system performance.

Do Wi-Fi Thermostats Offer Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection?

A close relative of Wi-Fi thermostats is the carbon monoxide detector (though some smart thermostats have built-in CO detectors). These devices monitor levels of CO—an invisible, tasteless, and odorless gas that has the potential to lead to poisoning and even death. CO detectors produce loud alarms when dangerous levels of CO are present and should be placed on every level of your home and in sleeping areas.

An appliance or piece of equipment that runs on fuel or combustion such as stoves, grills, dryers, fireplaces, generators, water heaters or engines produces various levels of CO. This not only makes proper ventilation essential, but also means you should always have a reliable CO detector.

As part of a monthly routine, test your detectors to ensure they are working properly and replace the batteries if needed. You should also check your CO detector’s manufacturing date—any unit more than seven years old should be replaced. Finally, never ignore beeping from the device. If you or someone in your home is experiencing flu-like symptoms and suspect CO poisoning, get fresh air immediately and call 911.

Control Comfort From a Distance With RJ Heating

Whether you’re looking to take better control of your home comfort with a Wi-Fi thermostat or want to improve your home’s safety with carbon monoxide detectors, trust the professionals at RJ Heating for expert installation.

To get started, call 414-463-1140 or send us a message today.