Wi-Fi enabled thermostats are quickly replacing digital thermostats. It is predicted that by 2020, sales of these types of thermostats will surpass digital sales.
Many contractors are making these thermostats part of their package in order to get ahead of the competition.
Here’s what contractors should know in order to give their customers the best service and solutions.
Five Things HVAC Contractors Should Know About Wi-Fi Thermostats
1. Price And Profitability
Wi-Fi enabled thermostats vary in price depending upon the functions and features desired by the customer. When you work with your preferred wholesaler, you can find models that your customers can afford that will also be profitable for your company.
Many of these Internet enabled models come with apps that make the online setup easy. Your technicians should be able to learn the installation fairly painlessly without needing to understand confusing technology. Once your technicians install a couple of times, the installation process may become second nature.
3. Business Promotion
Many models of Wi-Fi enabled thermostats allow heating and cooling companies to program information onto the thermostat itself, such as a company’s name, business logo and contact information. When your customers look at their thermostats, your company will thus be forefront in their minds, which makes it easy for them to reach you when they need service.
4. No C-Wire Needed
Some HVAC contractors are under the impression that their customers need a c-wire in order to use an Internet enabled thermostat. This can seem like a hindrance, as over 60 percent of homes don’t have c-wires. However, there are a number of Wi-Fi enabled thermostats that don’t require a c-wire, so you should always be able to meet the needs of your customer.
5. Enhanced Convenience
Wi-Fi enabled thermostats are generally much easier to use than their digital counterparts. Home and business owners can program setbacks, adjust temperatures, control their thermostat away from the building or home via a smart device and much more. Over 70 percent of current homeowners with programmable thermostats don’t use their energy-saving features, which means the thermostats aren’t utilizing optimal performance. With a simple setup and easy adjustments, Wi-Fi enabled thermostats make it easier for the user to operate, and they also offer convenient, remote access.
Your company can get a leg up on the competition by providing Wi-Fi enabled thermostats for your customers. Both residential and commercial structures can benefit from this new technology.