Newsflash: Thermostats are no longer one size fits all. You want to be sure that your thermostat can do everything you need it to and promotes energy efficient performance.
To that end, choosing your thermostat is critical.
Since your thermostat works as the “brain” of your home heating & cooling system, you’ll need to consider various factors when choosing your new thermostat.
- Make sure the thermostat is a good match with your home’s heating and cooling system
- Most energy efficient for your household needs and is user-friendly
- Programmable vs. non-programmable thermostats
- Wi-fi enabled thermostat units
Matching Your Thermostat to your HVAC System
Your thermostat informs the heating & cooling unit when it time to turn off and on to make the air in the home comfortable. If there’s a problem with the thermostat “speaking” to your heating & cooling unit, you may end up paying dearly for it. So, make sure the two are compatible.
When choosing the right thermostat for your household, it’s best to keep in mind the tech-level of the main people in the household that will be using the unit to make changes in the home. If you’re super tech savvy and purchase a high-tech thermostat, consider that you may be putting yourself in the position of being called on every time the in-home temperature needs to be changed. So, keep in mind that user-friendly thermostats are especially valuable.
Programmable vs Non-Programmable Thermostats
Programmable thermostats offer the convenience of a set it and forget it mentality in areas where the weather is consistent for months or seasons long. They are also a big help in energy conservation because you can program the unit to heat the home while you’re physically in it, but have it be in a resting state when the home is not occupied during the day because everyone is at school or work.
On the other hand, non-programmable thermostats simply heat or cool the home on demand. It’s the simplest system for the non-tech savvy that prefer to control the home temperature themselves.
Wi-fi Enabled Thermostats
These super high-tech gadgets allow you to program heating and cooling using your smart phone from wherever you are. These devices were expensive when they first hit the market, but with time and increased demand, wi-fi enabled thermostats are now coming down in price significantly.
Many people find that it’s helpful to have a system in place that you can operate remotely when you’re frequently out of town or choose to live for an extended time in a warmer climate during the winter months, but need the ability to adjust the temp in your ‘winter home’ to avoid freezing pipes, etc.
We refer our customers to the Emerson Sensi Thermostat for several reasons:
- Easy installation
- Very user-friendly
- Ability to control multiple thermostats
There are many pros and cons to be considered before committing to any unit. Be sure you take time to do extensive research before making your final decision which thermostat will work best for you, your heating and cooling system and your lifestyle.