Choosing the Perfect Thermostat For Your Home

A home thermostat tells the heating/cooling system when to turn on and off as temperatures in the house or individual rooms fluctuate. It holds an important role in the home, affecting both comfort and energy bills. Many might think that buying a new thermostat is as simple as choosing the features and design you prefer – but, there’s a lot more to it than that. Not only will your choice of a thermostat depend on the features you want to have available, but it also wholly depends on the type of heating and cooling system you have in your home.

A home thermostat tells the heating/cooling system when to turn on and off as temperatures in the house or individual rooms fluctuate. It holds an important role in the home, affecting both comfort and energy bills. Many might think that buying a new thermostat is as simple as choosing the features and design you prefer – but, there’s a lot more to it than that. Not only will your choice of a thermostat depend on the features you want to have available, but it also wholly depends on the type of heating and cooling system you have in your home.

 

Step 1 – Identifying the Heating and Cooling System Type

Before choosing a thermostat, you’ll need to make sure it’s compatible with your heating and cooling system. Below is a list of the most common systems:

  • Single Stage (Traditional gas heat and electric AC systems): These systems have only one level of heat output, meaning that they continually disperse the maximum amount of heat that the furnace is designed for.
  • Multi-Stage (More than one level of heating or cooling): This system has two levels of heat output. The first level operates the majority of the time and runs at about 65% of the furnace’s full capacity. When the temperature outside drops to the point where the first stage is not sufficient enough to heat your home, the second stage kicks on to provide the additional heat requirements.
  • Multi Stage Heat Pump (Most advanced): This system incorporates more than one level of output just like the multi stage system, but it uses a heat pump (a device that transfers heat from a colder area to a hotter area by using mechanical energy) the emergency heating or cooling.

 

Step 2 – Choosing the Type of Thermostat

  • Programmable/learning

A programmable thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature initially set throughout the day. You can program your preferred temperature at different times of the day and then let the thermostat do the work. Using a programmable thermostat, you can eliminate considerable wasted energy and can often make back the cost of the thermostat in savings over the course of a season.

  • Remote Energy Management

A remote energy management thermostat allows you to set, program and monitor your heating and cooling system from a computer, smartphone or tablet. The thermostat connects to your home network, allowing you to access it over Wi-Fi from anywhere.

  • Digital Non-Programmable

A thermostat that is non-programmable, though has a digital display are best for those who prefer controlling the temperature setting manually with the convenience of an LCD display.

  • Mechanical / Manual

A mechanical or manual thermostat allows you to control the temperature setting manually. These tend to work best for people who are home often and prefer a fixed tem­perature, or who don’t want to pay the hefty price of a programmable/learning one.

 

Step 3 – Choose the Best Model

Choosing the right model will depend on the features you desire and the style you prefer. Below we have included a few of the most popular choices on the market.

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Nest Learning Thermostat

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Ecobee3

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Honeywell Lyric

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Carrier Cor

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the end, the model you choose will depend on the needs and priorities of your household. For some, price may be a key deciding factor. For others, looks and smartphone accessibility will matter most. Do you homework, since information simplifies the decision-making process.

 



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