Wireless HVAC equipment usually refers to the system thermostat. A wireless thermostat, often also known as a “smart” thermostat, provides a number of advantages over a standard manual unit:
- Most wireless thermostats offer Wi-Fi connectivity that enables the homeowner to remotely access the system from any internet connection using a cellphone, tablet, or laptop. This empowers the individual to monitor indoor conditions at any time and perform functions such as altering temperatures or making changes in the programmed temperature schedules.
- Smart thermostats also “learn” the daily patterns of occupants in the home utilizing remote sensors that detect the number of persons inside the house and adjust HVAC settings accordingly. They can also track other indoor comfort parameters such as humidity, text maintenance reminders (such as when it’s time to change the air filter), and alert you to mechanical issues occurring in the system.
Wireless control of HVAC equipment can make life more convenient and comfortable, as well as save energy and lower operating costs. However, certain caveats apply to these upgrades. Some wireless thermostats, for example, are marketed as “plug and play” units that can be easily installed by the do-it-yourselfer with any HVAC system. Before taking the step to upgrade, however, keep in mind these potential issues:
- Replacing the thermostat that came with the existing installed HVAC components may void the warranty of those components. The warranty terms of certain manufacturers require that the thermostat must be the same make and model as the one installed with the unit — or an approved replacement.
- Some upgrades may damage expensive components. Wireless thermostats include algorithms that control HVAC-component functions. If these third-party devices are incompatible with the installed system, expensive damage to the air conditioner or furnace may occur.
Replacement of critical devices such as a wireless thermostat should be performed by a qualified HVAC service technician only. This ensures that the replacement unit is compatible with your existing system — as well as properly installed — to prevent voiding the system warranty or damaging expensive units.
For more information about upgrading to wireless HVAC equipment in your home, contact the professionals at Jackson & Sons.