15 Jul The 4 Main Types of HVAC Thermostats
The air inside your home has a direct and constant impact on your quality of life. We all have our preferred temperatures and they rarely match up with the exact temperature we experience outside of our homes. This is where our HVAC system comes in.
No matter what time of year, we can keep the temperature in our home at a comfortable level with the help of our HVAC unit. But what helps a Nashville HVAC unit? Proper maintenance, expert installation, and a great thermostat.
Thermostats give our HVACs the information they need to properly perform their duties. And just how you have a wide range of choices when it comes to heating and cooling your home, you have multiple options for the type of thermostat you use as well.
So what are the differences between our options for thermostats? And how do you choose the best thermostat for your Nashville home? Let’s look into the specifics of each type of thermostat so you can make an informed decision.
HVAC with Programmable Thermostats
Your thermostat senses the temperature of the room and relays messages to the HVAC to either heat or cool the area depending on your settings. Programmable thermostats offer extra capabilities beyond the basic functions.
These are used in situations where people spend large amounts of time away from their home each day. This allows you to adjust the temperature of home while you are away at work, socializing, or any other situation that would take you out of the home for a sizable portion of the day.
There’s no point in using energy to keep your home at a constant temperature while you’re away. Programmable thermostats give you the ability to set time limits for temperature controls. For instance, your air conditioning can take a break during the day time hours while you are at work and kick back in before you return. This provides a cool room when you arrive without expending energy to maintain that temperature all day.
This is a great option for people that work from home. A non-programmable thermostat performs all the basic functions of a thermostat. The only difference is that you can’t set it to change temperatures while you are away. But that won’t make much of a difference for people who are rarely away from home.
Temperature settings can be adjusted on the thermostat itself and will result in immediate changes. These thermostats are generally associated with a lower upfront cost because they are more basic than their programmable counterparts. Adhering to a constant temperature can help with efficiency in that it can apply short bursts of air conditioning instead of long cooling sessions.
Smart Thermostats for HVAC Units
Smart thermostats are the future of thermostat technology. Automation is being integrated into various aspects of our home life. This includes everything from operation of stereos and televisions, to lights, to our home security systems. Smart thermostats can be integrated into mobile technology so the temperature of your home can be controlled remotely.
These options are more advanced and will come with a higher price tag, but the benefits of a smart thermostat outweigh the initial cost for many customers. They are incredibly convenient and allow full control over the temperature of your home no matter where you are.
Wi-Fi Thermostats for Your Home
These thermostats connect to a local wi-fi network to allow remote access. They afford many of the same capabilities as smart thermostats except for the fact that there needs to be a wi-fi connection in order to control the temperature of your home through your thermostat’s app.
Both wi-fi and smart thermostats are able to be programmed. This means that you can have a daily setting where you give your air conditioner or heater a break while you are at work, and then have it kick back in before you get home. This is in addition to the capability to override these settings at any time, from any place, and have complete control over your HVAC systems.
Deciding Which Thermostat Is Best for You
The variety of options means you have the ability to find the type of thermostat that best fits your situation. The first thing you should do is prioritize the various affordances of each thermostat option. Is upfront cost important to you? What about long-term energy savings? Will you need the ability to control your home environment from remote locations? Or are you going to be able to adjust it in-person as you need? Would you benefit from programming your thermostat? Are basic functions enough to keep your home comfortable?
The answers to these questions will point you in the right direction. If you have any further questions, you can call Mid-State Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Our experts can help you find the HVAC setup that best fits your needs.