You can control energy usage and keep your home as comfortable as possible with the right thermostat, so it’s important you make the right decision when choosing your thermostat. It all depends on the type of heating and cooling system you are currently using at your home.
This will determine what features you can have with your thermostat and how your thermostat will operate. Here’s a quick guide to choosing the thermostat that suits the requirements of your home.
Identify Your Heating and Cooling System
Thermostats need to be compatible with your heating and cooling system, so it’s important you find out what type of system you have before purchasing one.
The most common type of heating and cooling system is central heat and air, or just central heat. There are a number of other system types out there that you might have such as heat pump, electric baseboard, furnace and fireplace.
Choosing the Right Thermostat
Thermostats possess different characteristics and features depending on what you choose; with some capable of learning and others requiring programming. Here are some of the thermostat types you’re likely to come across during your search:
Thermostats that learn don’t need you to program them despite being programmable. They will automatically create their own schedule for you depending on the ways in which you use them so that their behaviour reflects your specific requirements.
If you’re away from the house for some time, they will automatically turn themselves down, while they will even guide you to more energy efficient settings whenever you decide to program them yourself.
You can monitor learning thermostats using your Wi-Fi settings and even control them from a computer or smartphone thanks to their built-in Wi-Fi capabilities.
Programmable thermostats will set the temperature automatically throughout the day, making your system as efficient as possible.
All you need to do is let the thermostat know what your preferred temperature is at that specific time and it will change the temperature accordingly throughout the day and during the night.
The best thing about programmable thermostats is that you don’t have to go back to them as they do all the work for you once they’ve been programmed.
If you require a fixed temperature throughout the day or may need to change the temperature on a regular basis, a manual thermostat may be the best choice for you.
Manual thermostats require temperature settings to be controlled manually, so if you are home most of the day and would feel more comfortable being in control of the temperature, look no further than a simple, easy-to-use, manual thermostat.
If You Chose a Programmable Thermostat...
...then you’ll need to consider the options provided to you upon purchasing your programmable thermostat that determine its flexibility etc. You can choose between different schedules depending on your specific requirements, such as whether you’re home often or when you think the temperature may need to be changed.
It’s important to know the difference between thermostats if you’re going to choose one that complies with your personal requirements and the requirements of your heating and cooling system. Remember that many thermostats are state-of-the-art and come with a whole host of additional features that can be highly beneficial, although these are likely to be slightly more pricier than your average thermostats.
Article provided by Ricky Parsons of www.appeng.co.uk, a UK based application engineering specialist established in 1983.