How Does a Wireless Thermostat Work?

Wireless thermostats operate using Wi-Fi. Like standard thermostats, they regulate temperature in a building, coordinating with existing heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems. Those who own a building with a wireless thermostat are able to operate them from a remote location through laptops, tablets or smartphones.

Also referred to as digital thermostats or Internet thermostats, wireless thermostats contain sensors allowing them to operate in conjunction with other home heating and cooling systems. When adjusted, whether at the building in which they are installed or from a remote location, these thermostats are capable of scheduling temperature changes to correspond with the building occupants' daily schedules, including when they wake up in the morning or return home from work. The benefits of wireless thermostats include saving energy and customizing heating and cooling options for comfort.

Concrete block walls sometimes interfere with wireless thermostat signals by interrupting reception. Microwaves are also prone to interfering with signals if they are located too close to the thermostat unit itself.

There are a number of Web apps designed to work with particular wireless thermostats, making remote control simple. In some cases, remote control is synchronized with other household appliances as well as lights and entertainment systems.