When it comes to thermostat upgrades, today’s homeowners typically choose between wireless vs. smart thermostats. The old, round, manual model on the wall is rapidly becoming extinct as advanced technology now makes home thermostats connected as well as intelligent.

A side-by-side comparison of both varieties — wireless vs. smart thermostats — reveals similarities such as lower operating costs and greater convenience over old-school manual models. However, other differences make the contrast between the types even more significant. Here’s how the wireless vs. smart comparison stacks up.

Wireless Thermostats

Wireless thermostats link to your home Wi-Fi network via your router. This connectivity opens the unit up to remote input with a cellphone, tablet, or laptop from anywhere in the world. Typical features include:

  • Monitoring indoor temperatures and making immediate temperature adjustments when you’re away from home.
  • Managing programmable temperature schedules.
  • Alerts about high or low temperatures.
  • Routine maintenance reminders.
  • Tracking energy usage.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats generally offer all the features that wireless thermostats do, but they include additional intelligent features:

  • Smart thermostats integrate sensors to learn daily occupancy patterns and temperature preferences. This enables the unit to adjust temperatures automatically without any programming input from the user.
  • The units can also detect when the number of occupants in the house increase or decrease and make appropriate temperature adjustments to compensate.
  • Other features of smart thermostats include geofencing, which combines an app and your cellphone to detect when you travel away from the house a certain distance — as well as when you are on your way back again — and adjust temperatures accordingly. This means greater HVAC efficiency while you’re gone and a comfortable temperature waiting for you when you return.
  • Most smart models have more intelligent diagnostics to detect and report problems with your HVAC system.
  • In general, the price differential between wireless vs. smart thermostats is about $100.

For more facts to make an informed comparison between wireless and smart thermostats, contact the HVAC pros at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.