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Friday, February 07, 2014

Has the cold ever woken you up in the middle of the night, but you chose to stay in bed shivering because the thermostat was so far away? Well, you may not have to worry about that anymore. By installing a WiFi thermostat, you can use wireless technology to remotely control your home's temperature from anywhere you have Internet access (including your bed!), and that's not the only good news about these cutting-edge devices. 

How Does a WiFi Thermostat Work?

Most WiFi thermostats work by combining three main elements: the Internet, a programmable thermostat, and sensors placed inside and outside your home. The WiFi technology then reads the information from the sensors, coordinates its readings with your preferences, and creates an optimum comfort level for you and your family. The user can then control the settings from any device with Internet access.

What Special Features Do They Have?

Using WiFi technology, you can get a level of control over your home's thermostat that you never thought possible. Model types vary with cost and features, but here's a glimpse of some of the capabilities that are available:

  • They can coordinate outside temperature and inside temperature readings to adjust the home's heating/cooling needs.
  • Multiple sensors allow the ability to check and control temperatures in different parts of the home.
  • Suggestions can be made on how to save more energy.
  • Some have a remote sensor that can be taken to any room of the home. The house will cool/warm to get that sensor/room to whatever temperature you want.
  • Some have motion sensors to adjust the thermostat. If no one is detected by the sensor, the thermostat will auto-adjust the temperature to "away" mode.
  • They can integrated into a Smart Home system.

WiFi thermostats offer a level of control far and beyond the typical progarmmable thermostat. To get an idea of which one may be right for your Chicago area home, or to have a professional install one, please contact us at, and we will be happy to help you with your WiFi thermostat needs.

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