When the cold winter months of the Northeastern United States arrive, proper heating is essential. You rely on your oil heater to keep you comfortable and warm, but how often do you think about your thermostat? If you have an old-school dial thermostat, it may be time for an upgrade.
The thermostat you use makes a difference in your life, from how your heater works to how much you spend on energy each month. As you consider a new thermostat to enhance your experience with your oil heater, make sure to check out Wi-Fi thermostats. They could be your solution for getting the most out of your home's oil heater.
What Is a Wi-Fi Thermostat?
Wi-Fi thermostats are like your regular thermostat in that they give you the ability to turn your heater up, down, on or off. But they also do so much more than that. Thanks to the power of the internet and the wireless capabilities of Wi-Fi, your Wi-Fi thermostat, or smart thermostat, has the potential to change the way you approach your home's heating.
The advent of the internet has drastically impacted many aspects of society. From information sharing to communication, the internet opens up technological possibilities that have commercial and residential influences. Now, this game-changing technology has come to the world of thermostats, and you get to reap the benefits.
Thermostats of the past do nothing to help you save on your energy bills or add any sort of convenience to your life. Old thermostats set the temperature for your oil heater, and that's it. Today's households need a bit more customization than that, and this is where Wi-Fi thermostats come in.
Wi-Fi thermostats do so much more than set a home's temperature. They offer benefits that could make you wonder how you ever lived without one. With the power of the internet and the latest in thermostat technology, Wi-Fi thermostats are the way of the future when it comes to heating your home efficiently.
The Benefits of Wi-Fi Thermostats for Oil Heaters
Wi-Fi thermostats are popular because of all the benefits they can add to your life. They offer more than a new and exciting way to control your home's heat. Wi-Fi thermostats contain features you'll wish you had years ago. Here are 11 of the benefits you could experience by getting a Wi-Fi thermostat for your home.
1. Control Your Wi-Fi Thermostat From Anywhere
If you've ever meant to lower your thermostat before leaving for work and realized you forgot upon arrival, you know the frustration of feeling like you're wasting needless energy. This moment can be a thing of the past with a Wi-Fi thermostat. Download the dedicated smartphone app and connect it with your thermostat to use your phone as a remote control. And this remote control can work from anywhere with an internet connection.
When you forget to turn back your thermostat, pull out your phone, launch your thermostat app and control the temperature of your home from the comfort of your desk, work van or break room. You can even adjust your thermostat if you're relaxing on the beach hours away from home. As long as your phone and thermostat both have an internet connection, you can control your home's temperature from anywhere in the world.
2. Save Energy and Money
Every homeowner wants to save on their energy bills however they can — just one of the reasons why Wi-Fi thermostats are so popular. The "set and forget" tactic of previous thermostats is a sure way to rack up your monthly payments. Wi-Fi thermostats do the opposite — they give you control over almost every aspect of the heating process.
You can save up to 10% on your energy bill by setting your thermostat 10 degrees lower when you're away from home or sleeping. When you're awake and spending time at home, you can return the house to the ideal temperature with ease. And since you can control your smart thermostat from your smartphone, making these adjustments is easier and more convenient than ever.
If your oil heater is running at full blast for 24 hours per day, you're wasting energy and racking up higher bills. Setting your Wi-Fi thermostat for oil heat back 10 degrees will give your heater a break, saving you money. Plus, homes with lower internal temperatures lose less energy to the surrounding environment during the winter than homes with higher temperatures.
3. Access Helpful Metrics
Smart thermostats have that name for a reason — they provide intelligent metrics and data that are impossible to achieve with a dial or programmable thermostat. Using the thermostat app, you can discover statistics on your energy use, spending and behavior over time. You can use this information to help you make adjustments to save more money and live more comfortably.
Some smart thermostats will even display this information on their dedicated screens. You can then see helpful information about your usage with a quick glance as you walk by. Are you curious about your home's humidity or how much you've saved in energy in a given month? You can learn this information and more with a Wi-Fi thermostat.
4. Enjoy Easy Controls and Intuitive Displays
Thermostats of the past have few options, making them easy to use. And with change comes some trepidation. Some people wonder how easy the change will be from a dial or programmable thermostat to a modern, smart thermostat. The good news is that switching to a Wi-Fi thermostat will be easy.
Smart thermostats include brightly lit displays with easy-to-read data. Controls can include responsive touch screens, buttons or dials. If you can work a smartphone, you should have an easy time learning how to work your new smart thermostat. You may experience a slight learning curve, but with a little time, you'll be using your smart thermostat to its full potential.
5. Manage Several Thermostats at Different Locations
One of the best features of Wi-Fi thermostats is the ability to control your oil heater's temperature from miles away. You could be on the other side of the planet and still have control over the temperature of your home. This feature is helpful when you're away on vacation, but it could be essential if you own a vacation home.
Owning multiple homes is a lot of work, and it can also be expensive. Trying to make sure each home's heating system is working efficiently can be a challenge. With smart thermostats in each home, managing the climates of each location is easy.
You can add each home's Wi-Fi thermostat to your smartphone app and control them all from there. Check and adjust the temperatures of your homes according to the weather or time of year. You'll be able to save on energy bills at each location from anywhere in the world thanks to the convenience of smart thermostats.
6. Receive Alerts on Your Smartphone
Smartphones are common in the United States today. Companies are always coming out with a new model, and consumers are scrambling to get their hands on them. Smartphones have changed the way people live, shop, work and communicate. It's easy to get in touch with people since they will hear their notification sound or feel their phone vibrate, getting their attention. Your Wi-Fi thermostat can take advantage of this reality and send alerts straight to your smartphone.
Alerts can help you know when someone has adjusted your home's temperature. Receive energy-saving recommendations and turn your thermostat up or down accordingly to reap the benefits. Or, you can even receive reminders based on your schedule. Choose which types of notifications you wish to receive, and enjoy a new experience with your thermostat that will keep you aware and invested in your home's heating.
7. View Local Weather Information
The weather has an impact on the efficiency of your home's oil heater. On warmer days, you could stand to lower your heater's temperature, even when you're at home. Colder days are harder on your oil heater, so you need to know how to balance temperature changes when you're home or away. Temperatures can shift from day to day, and your Wi-Fi thermostat can help you keep track by updating you with local weather information.
Some smart thermostats will show local weather information on their wall displays using vibrant letters and numbers and easy-to-understand images. You can also receive weather alerts on your phone from your smart thermostat to encourage you to adjust the temperature to a more suitable level, saving you money. Avoid keeping your oil heater running on an unusually warm winter day by receiving local weather information from your Wi-Fi thermostat.
8. Get Maintenance Reminders
As a homeowner, you want your oil heater to be in the best condition possible. A well-maintained furnace can improve your home's safety, create proper airflow, increase your energy efficiency and reduce air costs. But how do you know when it's time for oil furnace maintenance?
Your smart thermostat can give you maintenance reminders, like when it's time to schedule professional oil heater services or replace a filter. Set your Wi-Fi thermostat to give you reminders about maintaining your furnace to always enjoy the benefits a cared-for oil heater provides.
9. Set Heating Schedules to Fit Your Life
Every household is different. Why, then, have thermostats been a one-size-fits-all operation for so many decades? You need a thermostat option that can accommodate your life changes for maximum efficiency. With a Wi-Fi thermostat, you'll enjoy custom heating schedules that fit your unique life and your family's busy schedule.
If you want to lower your thermostat's temperature every day while you're at work, you can set your thermostat to remember the exact days and times it should turn itself down. If you want your thermostat to raise the temperature so your home is comfortable when you get home, you can set it to do that, too. Construct a thermostat schedule to fit your family's exact needs so everyone stays comfortable and happy all winter long, whatever their daily routines.
10. Enjoy Integration With Other Smart Devices
As smart technology has become the norm, many different types of smart devices have appeared on the market. From smart doorbells and in-home assistants to smart washing machines and toilets, devices with smart technology exist for almost any need around the house. If you enjoy using smart devices in your home, a smart thermostat is the next device you should consider upgrading to.
You can integrate your Wi-Fi thermostat with other smart devices in your home, including your Google Home or Amazon Alexa assistant. Use voice commands to raise and lower the temperature. Or create custom commands that let you set heating schedules with your voice. You'll enjoy many exciting new options when you integrate your Wi-Fi thermostat with the other smart devices within your home.
11. Experience Greater Convenience and Passive Features
Everyone could use a little more convenience in their life. Your thermostat should work to fit your life instead of the other way around, and a Wi-Fi thermostat has features that make this a reality. With passive features that work without you having to even press a button, you can experience the true benefits of a smart thermostat. Avoid going out of your way to make thermostat adjustments with exciting new features from smart thermostats.
Your smart thermostat's location tracking features can detect when you're approaching your home and set your oil heater to your ideal temperature. It can also detect when people are in certain rooms — and how many people — to adjust the temperature to a more efficient level. Your smart thermostat can even learn your behavior patterns to know when you like to turn the heat down and when you like to turn it up. Your smart thermostat will learn your family's habits to make heating your home more convenient.
Contact Smart Touch Energy for Your Next Oil Delivery
Besides getting your own smart thermostat for oil heat, you need to prepare for the colder months by choosing the right energy provider — Smart Touch Energy. We provide oil heat for areas across the Northeastern United States. And thanks to our professional service and timely deliveries, you can enjoy greater convenience knowing you'll always have oil in your tank. Get the most out of your new Wi-Fi thermostat by pairing it with oil from a reliable energy provider. The smart answer is Smart Touch Energy.