5 Radio Thermostat Myths You Should Ignore
The radio thermostat has brought home automation to the level that today’s tech-savvy consumers have come to expect. Also called a remote thermostat, this device works like a programmable thermostat but allows you to control HVAC settings from a Web-enabled device.
As with any tech offering, some myths about system defects may have kept you from trying one out. Here’s the truth behind the five biggest misconceptions:
- There isn’t much savings in a remote thermostat. The EPA Energy Star website says the average programmable thermostat can save homeowners $180 in energy costs. This estimate assumes you adhere perfectly to the guidelines you set for the day or week; expect to save more when you have time to adjust to the twists and turns life in the Buford area might take. Casteel estimates the savings could extend to $200 (20 to 30 percent of an annual bill) and beyond.
- Anyone with your phone can control your home’s temperature. If someone has access to your phone and makes it through the security screens, you have the added safety feature of a login requirement for your remote thermostat app. Since these devices are meant to complement home security systems, there is no shortage of checks to keep your home safe from tampering should you lose your phone.
- Programmable thermostats do the same job. Regular programmable thermostats are useful devices that allow you to perform many of the same functions as a radio thermostat. However, they can’t be controlled online. If you have to work late, your home is going to run on your preferred settings, heating or cooling the house every minute you aren’t there. Remote systems give you an added level of convenience and savings.
- A dead battery means a house in chaos. A dead battery won’t mean a catastrophe for your home. In most cases, the settings remain as you have programmed them. Simply replace the battery in the unit to connect via Web devices. Still, the chances of this event happening are slim, since an advanced thermostat reminds you it’s time to change the battery in the same way a PC or smartphone does. Your saved settings will appear once you regain access.
- Hackers can access them for kicks. You can imagine the fun a hacker could have gaining remote access to an HVAC system, but that would be difficult to pull off with a remote thermostat. In addition to setting passwords, you can employ a wired Ethernet connection to provide greater security.
Casteel’s remote home comfort team can advise you on the best radio thermostat for your home. Technicians also will be happy to dispel the latest myths about these useful devices.