Are there thermostats that connect to WiFi?


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There are several brands of thermostats that connect to Wi-Fi. As of 2014, two major Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats are the Smart Thermostat designed by Honeywell and the Nest Learning Thermostat designed by Apple.

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Having a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat provides various advantages compared to using older models. The main benefit is remote access to and control of the thermostat. One can therefore control the thermostat from a laptop or from a mobile device using a wireless connection. The thermostats can also be programmed to send alerts triggered by temperature variations. This makes it easy to adjust temperature from a remote location. Many leading Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats come with separate applications that can be installed on smart phones for easy temperature control from any location at any time.

Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats also offer built-in energy efficiency features designed to help homeowners save money on their heating and cooling bills. They can access local weather forecasts, and they can be programmed to adjust automatically based on current weather conditions. This saves the user a lot of time making manual adjustments. When on vacation, one can program the thermostat to hold at a fixed temperature until the vacation is over. These thermostats are also compatible with other control systems.

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