So we just bought another house for vacation rentals - a house with baseboard electric heat and no A/C. Thankfully it has a full basement with open rafters, so we can do something about that.
I now have an HVAC contractor I like and trust - he's a get-it-done kind of guy who's been in the business for many years. Together, we decided on another Goodman system for this house (DSZC16048 & AVPTC4260). We even agreed on a good location for the condenser so any defrost noises it makes (one of my pet peeves) will be far away from the bedrooms.
So now it's down to the thermostat.
Since this is a vacation rental (and the house has WiFi internet but no telephone line), I'd like to utilize one of the newer internet enabled thermostats that lets me not only set the thermostat temp, but also check the house temp and see where guests have set the thermostat while they are there. Ecobee, 3MFiltrete/RadioThermostat, and a number of others have come onto the market and are starting to build some decent reputation.
My contractor is a bit slower to accept new tech, and I can tell by his voice that he'd much prefer staying with a tried and true bundled Goodman thermostat. He said that Goodman has some sort of remote enabled thermostat, but he thinks it is land-line telephone only. He has to research it a bit and get back to me. Meanwhile, I've looked through Goodman and other websites, and can only find obscure references to an add-on module for a few Goodman/Amana thermostats (Venstar re-brands?), but no specific model numbers and definitely no support for anything except land lines.
1) Anyone out there know if Goodman is coming out with a WiFi enabled unit with features similar to the third party Tstats?
2) Assuming there isn't something new from Goodman imminent (install at end of this month),
- Is it better to ask my contractor to just put on the minimum feature thermostat that supports the 3H2C of the heat pump and wait a year for a new TStat to come out and then upgrade?
- Or would I be out of line to push him to consider installing the system with an Ecobee (increase of materials cost charged to me of course).
- Or is there something other than the current crop of EcoBee and RadioThermostat models on the horizon that I should be waiting for anyway?