A reliable thermostat is one of the best HVAC investments for your Palmetto, FL, home. The different types of HVAC thermostats available are many. Let’s discuss the different types of thermostats and how they function.
What Is a Thermostat and How Does It Function?
A thermostat is a device that works alongside your HVAC system; it helps in regulating the indoor temperatures by turning your system on or off. Since there are many different types of thermostats, you should make a selection based on your preferences, budget and home needs. Some common types of thermostats include:
- Smart thermostat
- Programmable thermostat
- Non-programmable Thermostat
- Wi-Fi thermostat
Smart HVAC Thermostat
A smart thermostat works alongside your home automation system to control your home’s temperature and air conditioning needs. This thermostat will adjust your home’s indoor temperatures according to your living habits. It can estimate when you leave/arrive at home and use these estimations to create a pattern to satisfy your home’s heating and cooling needs.
Most smart thermostat options have several smart features such as voice control and work well with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. These thermostats are ideal for households that prefer optimal indoor temperatures, and for tech-savvy homes. Smart thermostats are similar to Wi-Fi thermostats because you can readily access them through your smartphone.
However, you will need a steady internet connection so that you can connect to the thermostat’s app. A smart thermostat is more expensive than other thermostat options, but you will be able to cover this upfront cost in one or two years through the money you save on energy costs. Some smart thermostats have a built-in system that alerts you when it is time to schedule maintenance.
Non-Programmable HVAC Thermostat
A non-programmable thermostat, also known as a manual thermostat, is the most basic option. It works best for people who spend most of their time indoors because it requires you to adjust the temperature settings and set the system fan. The disadvantage of this thermostat is that you cannot program it to change while sleeping or on vacation.
Some high-quality non-programmable thermostats provide high efficiency through communication with your heating system to maintain your home’s desired temperature. Other non-programmable thermostats have convenience features such as a touchscreen, digital display, and backlighting.
With a programmable thermostat, you can easily set your day and night temperature schedules. Most of these programmable thermostats have daily and weekly temperature settings. You can program this thermostat with a single temperature setting when you are at home and make adjustments on the temperature settings for when you are away.
The programmable thermostat saves you the hassle of having to adjust your system manually. It is ideal for places that experience drastic temperature changes. You can choose from various programmable thermostat options such as 5-2, 5-1-1 and 7-day programmable thermostats.
These thermostats allow you to adjust your temperature settings through internet-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets or laptops, making it possible to control your thermostat remotely. The Wi-Fi thermostat works like a programmable thermostat in the sense that you can re-program the system when you happen to arrive home early or if you wish to extend your vacation.
Wi-Fi vs. Non-Wi-Fi Thermostats
Our company offers both Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi Carrier thermostat brands. A non-Wi-Fi thermostat is pretty much a smart thermostat, which adjusts your home temperature needs according to your schedule without internet connectivity.
With a Wi-Fi thermostat, however, you can control the temperature settings on your thermostat from your smartphone device as long as you have a stable internet connection. Unlike a Wi-Fi thermostat, which is easy to use, the non-Wi-Fi thermostat can be frustrating for your family if your schedules change regularly.
If you wish to learn more about modern-day thermostat installation, maintenance and repair, contact us at Aqua Plumbing & Air.
Image provided by iStock