Let us compare the basic functionality of all kinds of thermostats. A simple non-programmable one is by far the cheapest and simplest option. It gets the work done just like any other thermostat. But non-programmable thermostats are often manual. It is best for people who spend most of their time indoors.
On the other hand, programmable thermostats allow you to pre-set the temperature you desire, beforehand. These thermostats come with a daily or weekly setting. And once you have programmed your thermostat, you don’t need to worry about anything. But these too, are manual.
Wi-Fi thermostats and smart thermostats are more or less similar. Once you install a Wi-Fi thermostat or a smart thermostat in your home, you can control its function via a smartphone application. Wi-Fi and Smart thermostats are designed to keep you in constant communication with your home. It allows you to modify the temperature of your house in no time. Just one click and it is done!
Essentially Wi-Fi and Smart thermostats are the same things. The only difference being, Smart thermostats can record and learn. In simple terms, Smart thermostats notice your patterns and adjust the temperature to make things comfortable. With a smart thermostat at home, you don’t need to pay much attention to the temperature. Your thermostat would take care of it. But a Wi-Fi thermostat allows you to be in control. With a Wi-Fi thermostat, you are responsible for all temperature changes. Wi-Fi thermostats are best if you have no fixed schedule. You can modify things according to need.
How much does it cost to install a Wi-Fi thermostat?
The best thing about using a thermostat is the amount of saving you do- in terms of heating and cooling bills. Achieving the desired temperature and comfort is just a bonus. Therefore, it is a wise move to install a Wi-Fi thermostat. But how much does it cost?
On average you might have to pay as high as $400 to install or replace your thermostat. It might seem high at the moment. But you will recover your investment in no time. It also includes the price of the thermostat. A Wi-Fi thermostat can range from $100 to $250. The price varies with the brand of thermostat you choose to install. You can get an amazing thermostat for cheap if you keep an eye out for deals and offers online. Keep in mind, that the price of labor in your area might vary as well.
If you want to get the best deal, it is ideal to wait for a scheduled service, or when you need someone to repair or replace your furnace or HVAC system. In this scenario you wouldn’t have to pay for an extra service call- just to install a thermostat. You can also ask the technician regarding which thermostat to install and its benefits.