What is a WiFi Thermostat?

  • Sep 07, 2016

WiFi Thermostat 101

WiFi-enabled smart thermostats are the hottest home technology on the market today. A WiFi thermostat is connected to the internet and can automatically regulate indoor temperatures. While traditional thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature in your home, WiFi thermostats allow you to set the temperature and have the thermostat change it based on the time of day.  But how do they work?

WiFi thermostats are connected to the internet through an Internet protocol (IP) network. This connection allows users to remotely send instructions from mobile applications, laptops and tablets. They build upon the basic functions of a traditional thermostat by adding insights such as:

  • Improved energy efficiency and feedback
  • Remote programming
  • Geofencing
  • Real-time access to home energy consumption data
  • Alerts

How WiFi Thermostats Can Save You Money

moneyOne of the greatest benefits of WiFi thermostats is their ability to save the average homeowner on heating and cooling costs. Since WiFi thermostats can be controlled remotely, users can decrease the energy going into heating and cooling their home while they are away or sleeping. WiFi thermostats save an average of $300-400 each year. Not only do WiFi thermostats save the green in your pocket, but they also are “green” in an eco-friendly way by reducing energy usage and carbon footprints.

Best WiFi Thermostats

The many benefits of WiFi-enabled thermostats range from convenience and flexibility to energy savings and efficiency. There a plenty of different smart thermostats on the market today, but we’ve gathered a list of our favorites below:


Honeywell smart thermostat



Emerson Sensi