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Is A Wireless Thermostat Right For Your Heating System?

Wireless thermostats offer a lot of convenience to homeowners, including the ability to remotely control a home's comfort levels from a laptop, tablet, or phone. But not all heating systems are compatible with wireless thermostats. Read on to learn if a wireless thermostat is right for you or if you should avoid using one.

What is a Wireless Thermostat?

A wireless thermostat, also known as “Smart” or “Learning” thermostat, looks like an electronic thermostat with a touch-sensitive control screen. It provides heating and cooling adjustments and integrates into your existing heating system. A wireless thermostat connects to the Internet over your home Wi-Fi network and is accessible from your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

A wireless thermostat does the following:

  • regulates air temperatures remotely
  • sends notifications of low temperatures, the danger of freezing pipes, and other critical alerts in real time
  • learns your home heating routine and creates a schedule based on your usage and preferences
  • directs you to energy-efficient settings
  • provides monthly energy reports
  • identifies which rooms are cooler or warmer and adjust settings automatically

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Is a Wireless Thermostat Right for You?

A wireless thermostat requires a low-voltage (24 VAC) control signal to operate. If you have one of the following HVAC systems--which run on a low-voltage signal--you may be a good candidate for a wireless thermostat:

  • gas furnace
  • electric heat pump system with auxiliary heat
  • central air conditioning

Some older heating systems run on a 120 VAC control signal, making them incompatible with wireless thermostats. Using one could actually cause damage to your system, which could lead to an expensive repair job.

These types of systems are NOT compatible with wireless thermostats:

  • forced hot water (boiler)
  • electric baseboard
  • steam boiler

As always, be sure to check with the trained professionals at Main Stream Mechanical before changing your thermostat, to help ensure you don’t damage your equipment.

Wireless Thermostats vs. Programmable Thermostats

If your furnace control signal isn’t compatible with a wireless thermostat, you can use a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat automatically adjusts the set temperature through­out the day. You let the thermostat know your preferred temperature at different times of the day and night, and the thermostat follows the program set.

7-Day programmable thermostats allow you to program a unique setting for each day. You can set up to four periods per day, every day of the week. A 7-day programmable thermostat enables you to get the most efficient use out of your HVAC and also gives you flexibility in heat and air control.

HVAC Service and Repair in Massachusetts and Southern NH

Choosing the right thermostat will give you peace of mind knowing your HVAC system is operating safely and efficiently. If you aren’t sure of the best thermostat for your home, contact the home comfort specialists at Main Stream Mechanical to schedule an appointment today. For all your furnace, heating, water heater, plumbing, and generator needs; as well as heating and plumbing maintenance, service, and repair, we are your go-to provider! And, don't forget we install all kinds of residential and commercial heating and HVAC systems. In Haverhill, Amesbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Topsfield, Boxford, and other locations across Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, call our expertly trained technicians today at (978) 834-0849 or send us a message through our contact formSee our full-service area list for towns not noted.

For all your home and commercial HVAC system needs, or to receive a no-obligation consultation, contact us today!

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