A new-age programmable thermostat makes a great addition to your heating and cooling system. It can help to save money and is an excellent way to be more energy efficient in your home.
Smart thermostats are able to regulate the temperature inside your home by recognizing when it is too hot or too cold and making the appropriate adjustments.
But, do you really need all the bells and whistles? And, how do you know which thermostat will work best in your home?
Choosing the right thermostat for your home
You can select the most appropriate thermostat for your home by following a few simple steps.
1. Identify your current HVAC system
The first step is to identify which system your home is currently running on. Not all thermostats will work with all heating/air systems. You want to be sure that your home heating/air system and your thermostat will be compatible. There are different types of heating/air systems:
- Heat pumps
- Boilers and hydronic heating
- Electric radioactive heating
- Direct vent heating
2. Identify your habits and preferences
There are other factors that you need to consider, apart from your current HVAC system, which includes your habits and preferences. You may need to ask yourself a few relevant questions regarding your habits and preferences, which include:
- Do you work from home?
- Are you away on weekends?
- What are the climate conditions in the area where you live?
- Does the temperature fluctuate throughout the day?
- Are you trying to save money?
- Are you trying to be more energy efficient?
- Are you looking for more convenience?
- Are you more of a hands-on person who prefers to control the temperature manually?
3. Understanding the different thermostats
The next step is to learn about the different kinds of thermostats and how they work. This will give you a clear indication of whether this is the right thermostat for your situation and if the thermostat will be compatible with your current HVAC system.
- Manual: A manual thermostat requires that you regulate the temperature by turning a knob or dial. If you want to change the temperature in a room, you will physically need to be near the thermostat.
- Programmable: A programmable thermostat will automatically change the thermostat up or down during the day, according to a series of programmed settings. Programs include 5-1-1, which means that the thermostat operates the same throughout the week and differently on a Saturday and a Sunday. Or, 5-2, which means settings are consistent during the week and different over the weekend, or you could select a seven-day program.
- Digital non-programmable: Digital thermostats work in a similar way as manual thermostats but have an LCD screen. You will manually have to change the thermostat during the day, according to your needs.
- Remote: Remote thermostats connect through your home’s hub and to the internet service provider. These thermostats allow you to control the temperature of the home remotely via a phone, tablet, or PC/computer.
- Learning: Learning thermostats (smart thermostats) are the most energy-efficient as well as the most advanced of all thermostats. The thermostat learns about your habits and preferences while you are using it and memorizes your habits and preferences. It will automatically dial up or down according to your personal preference. No pre-programming is required.
Provided that the thermostat is compatible with your current system, installation should be fairly easy. Alternatively, you could have it professionally installed.
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