Wi-Fi Thermostat Comes in Handy During Football Season

Football season is back, and with a Wi-Fi thermostat you don’t have to leave the couch when the “heat is on.” With the game on the line, you can grab your phone, turn down the thermostat and be comfortable without missing a play. How is this possible? Let’s explain how this advancement in thermostat technology benefits many home and business owners.  

Early Thermostat History

The first recorded evidence of a temperature-control device credits Cornelius van Drebbel, born in 16th century Netherlands. His mechanism controlled the temperature of ovens and chicken incubators.

Four centuries later, people in this country regulated warmth using manually-operated furnaces. Usually located in a basement, these furnaces required the coal to be stoked and valves adjusted by hand.

In Wisconsin, a professor named Warren S. Johnson taught in a school with a similar situation. When he felt a chill, he was required to hunt for the janitor to make the adjustments to the basement furnace.

Annoyed by this inconvenience and discomfort, Johnson flexed his “inventor muscle” and created and patented the first electric thermostat in 1883. Johnson’s device essentially was a bell to alert the janitor he wished for a furnace damper adjustment. We’ll never know how the janitor felt about it, but Johnson’s device paved the way for the Johnson Electric Service Company.

In 1885, they began to manufacture, install and repair Johnson’s new invention. The product continued to evolve, and the company became Johnson Controls.

Not to be outdone, Albert Butz developed a regulator in 1885 to control air into a furnace. This “damper flapper” allowed control of the heat output. Butz’s company, the Electric Heat Regulator Co., became Honeywell, Inc.

In 1906 Honeywell introduced the first thermostat model using a clock to turn the temperature down in the evening and up in the morning. If you have an original Honeywell Round thermostat, you’ve got an antique. These models were introduced in 1953.

Modern Thermostat Technology Driven by Regulations, Consumer Demand

As the world changed, so did thermostat technology. During the oil crisis of 1973, energy codes emerged which eventually required clock or setback thermostat models in new homes. In 1988, push buttons began to replace the manual dial controls in response to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In 1995, the EPA included programmable models in its ENERGY STAR program. Today, we continue to see thermostat technology evolve in response to consumer demand and advances in wireless communication.

Join the Future with a Wi-Fi-enabled Thermostat

Want to adjust your home environment remotely? You can with an internet connection and a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat. Using an app on a smartphone or tablet, a home or business owner can change settings from anywhere with an internet connection.

In addition to user convenience, a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat communicates effectively with your heating and air equipment. Often, faulty readings or poor communication with the thermostat create issues with uneven temperatures or short cycling.

Furthermore, advances in technology lessen the chance of these malfunctions. At Mills Heating & Air, we’re happy to consult with you on the cost saving benefits of a thermostat upgrade. Based on our decades of experience, we’ve seen certain models work with certain HVAC equipment better than others.

We caution you against purchasing something at a big box store because it may not align with your heating and cooling equipment as well as it could. Call us, and we’ll review your current equipment and needs.

We are happy to provide you with a professional recommendation to improve your efficiency, comfort and energy costs. We will install your new thermostat and teach you how to use it effectively. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable with all the features so you can get the most value from it.

Our team is available for any heating and cooling service, repair or installation needs. We’re also indoor air quality experts. Financing options are available for new equipment. So if you have heating or cooling needs in northwestern Florida, call us today. For Lower Bills – call Mills!

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