Wireless Thermostat

Thanks to the latest technological developments, we keep getting new opportunities to lead a life that’s progressively more pleasant and comfortable. Every year we get access to new machines and inventions that make different aspects of our household life easier; some such devices are complex and encompass important aspects of our lifestyle, while others have a limited application, but they may nonetheless be very useful. A good example of the latter type of the device is the wireless thermostat, which can be used to monitor temperatures from a distance.

Wireless thermostats are as accurate as a normal thermostat, and they are just as inexpensive and easy to use. These devices are usually comprised of two parts: the thermostat itself (sender), and a receiver. In simple terms, you just have to connect the wireless thermostat to the heating / cooling device you want to control, so it will essentially replace your old thermostat. Once the receiver is properly installed, you can use it to control your AC while monitoring temperatures from a distance. For example, you can place the thermostat in your bedroom upstairs, and connect the receiver to your air conditioning system, so you can check and adjust the temperature in your room from anywhere in your house… or even farther, in a maximum range of about 450 feet.

Do wireless thermostats work anywhere?
These modern thermostats transmit signals back to the receiver using radio signals, which works through all kinds of materials, including the walls, floor and ceiling in your home. Just as long as the thermostat is within range of the receiver, it should work properly. The thermostat draws power from simple AA batteries, and it features a “low battery” visual indicator so you know beforehand when it’s running out of energy. You can set up the thermostats anywhere you wish, and even move them around freely according to your needs. You can connect the receiver anywhere you’re currently using an old-fashioned thermostat.

You might be worried about whether a wireless thermostat will interfere with other wireless devices in your household, but you can be confident that won’t happen. You see, these devices transmit within an exclusive, FCC approved frequency (417Mhz). For this reason, a wireless thermostat will not cause any kind of interference with other devices, and there’s not a chance it will be affected by other devices either. In fact, even if your neighbors also have a wireless thermostat within range, it won’t cause interferences in your device, since you get to choose from different house codes. Just as long as you’re using a different code than your neighbors, no disturbances shall happen.

Are there different types of wireless thermostats to choose from?
There are mainly two types of wireless thermostat to choose from: commercial and residential. Wireless thermostats aimed at domestic use are essentially simpler and more intuitive than their commercial counterparts. For example, the household versions are normally pre-programmed with customizable settings for different times of the day, such as morning, afternoon, evening and night, and it allows monitoring the energy use at a glance. Commercial variants are meant to be used in offices, and as such they feature security levels (which allow establishing user profiles, so that not everyone can control the room temperature without permission).

Most of these devices also allow setting up multiple thermostats linked to a single receiver. In this way, you can monitor the temperature in different rooms in your house, and control everything from a single receiver. In fact, you can even program the receiver to adjust itself based on the temperature in specific rooms. In this way, you can keep the ambient temperature in  your living room at your desired level with the click of a button, and you can keep track of how hot and cold your bedrooms are, in any given moment… all without having to actually go there, of course. You will find this is a very convenient and comfortable way to adjust your air conditioning system, not to mention it’s a good way of saving energy if your program the wireless thermostat to work on auto-regulated cycles.

Unique advantages of a wireless thermostat
The big problem with conventional (old-fashioned) AC thermostats is that their reading doesn’t reflect the temperature in the room you’re in, but rather the temperature in the spot where they happen to be installed. Your thermostat dial could be installed on the hallway, and that would mean you wouldn’t have a way of knowing for sure the temperature in your room from a distance. With a wireless thermostat, you can know the exact temperature in your room, and adjust it else where. Which means, never again will you have to come back to the main hallway and re-adjust the air conditioning system, after realizing that your room is actually chillier than you imagined.

Wireless thermostats are a good example of a simple device that will make your life easier and more enjoyable, not to mention they can help you reduce your heating bills, by keeping a close watch on the exact temperature in each room and adjusting it exactly according to your preference. These devices are highly responsive and accurate, and they are more inexpensive than you might imagine. They are also quite durable; even if you were to drop your thermostat to the floor, it wouldn’t break easily. Additionally, you can install easily mount them on a wall, if you want to keep them out of reach from your children.

This Wireless Thermostat Review is Written/Updated on Oct 4th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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