Find out what you need to know about thermostat replacement for your home.
Thermostats are essential in helping you achieve a comfortable home without suffering from high energy use. When considering a thermostat replacement, the type of thermostat you choose depends on what HVAC system you have at home, what features you are looking for, and how you want to utilize your thermostat.
Identifying the Type of Heating and Cooling System
Before doing a thermostat replacement, first, make sure that the thermostat you choose is a perfect match to the heating and cooling system you have at home. The most typical system types are either of this two: central heat or a central heat and air model, any of which can be gas, oil, electric, or 24V. You can also explore other alternatives such as a fireplace, electric baseboard, heat pump, and floor or wall furnace.
Choosing the Type of Thermostat
- Learning Thermostat – is programmable without actually requiring you to program them. Aptly named, they learn what you need as you continue to use them and make a schedule according to your preferences. When you’re away, they can turn down or off by themselves, as well as give you energy reports each month and guide you about energy efficient settings. They can connect to the Wi-Fi network of your home that you can monitor, set, and remotely managed via WiFi as well from a laptop, computer, tablet or smartphone.
- Remote Energy Management – this type of thermostat lets you set, program, and then monitor your HVAC system from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It connects via a hub (purchased separately) to the broadband network of your home, giving you access to it via WiFi no matter where you are.
- Programmable – this type is the most efficient to use since they automatically make adjustments to the set temperature during the entire day. You set your preferred temperature on your thermostat during the different hours of the day and night and let the thermostat do the job for you.
- Digital Non-Programmable – it has a digital read-out that is ideal for individuals who want their settings to be controlled manually with the added convenience of an LCD display that is easy to read.
- Manual/ Mechanical – this type of thermostat lets you manually control the temperature setting. It is ideal for individuals who stay at home most of the time and are after a fixed temperature.
Choose from your Programmable Thermostat Options
- 7-Day – this type of thermostat lets you program a particular temperature setting for the day that offers you the most flexibility. It is possible to set as many as four periods every day for all the days of the week. If you are someone with a busy schedule, this is the best choice for you.
- 5-1-1 Day – a programmable thermostat like this one lets you set one schedule for the entire weekday and a different one during Saturday and Sunday. You can program as many as four periods with 5-1-1 thermostat for every programmable session.
- 1 Week – it lets you set a single program for the whole week with a maximum of four sessions.
Think about all these factors when contemplating about a furnace replacement to equip your home with a thermostat that is the perfect solution for your HVAC needs.