A long time ago, Young House Love gave away a wireless thermostat. I was incredibly intrigued and started researching the heck out of the Filtrete Wireless Thermostat. I have an obsession with any household item that can be controlled with my phone, so I was sold. It has a few dings against it in the reviews for ease of hook-up, especially pertaining to a certain “C” wire. Having NO clue what a C wire was, I sent it to Steve and crossed my fingers for good news. Sadly, we had no C wire, but Steve knew how to add one, so add it he did.
The trickiest part of the entire process was getting it to sync with the router. It took several hours and finally we gave up and called customer service, 40 minutes later, we were in business. My favorite part is the ability to turn it to “away” when we’re gone. I always forget to turn the thermostat down when we leave the house, so now, I can pull it up at my phone and set it to away…when we’re close to home, I can take it off away and the house is a nice reasonable temperature when we come back home. You can also create custom programs (as you can with other, cheaper thermostats) for different days of the week/times of the day. We’ve had it installed for nearly 3 months now, and the cost savings on our gas bill has far exceeded my expectations. The thermostat has already paid for itself and then some.
And yes, if you were wondering, I do pull out my phone to show people the temperature in my house at any given moment. :-)
All in all, if you are thinking about upgrading your thermostat, I would recommend it. It will take a bit of patience though and possibly a call to your electrician if you don’t have that background knowledge to do it yourself, but it’s been worth it for us.
Anyone else obsessed with programming their house to run via phone app? My next request is the ability to double check that my doors are locked from my phone and my oven is off…the second I find something for that, you’ll be the first to know!
Let me know if you have any specific questions about the installation, I’ll check with the brains behind the operation and let you know!