The thermostat is the main control center for your heating and air conditioning system. It turns the heating or cooling device on or off as needed in order to maintain the desired temperature.
Different Types of Thermostats
There are three main types of thermostats:
- Mechanical Thermostats use a bimetallic strip to sense temperature changes and turn on or off your HVAC system as needed. While these thermostats are easy to use, they offer no programmable options and can have slow response times.
- Programmable Thermostats are either digital, electromechanical, or some mixture of the two. They allow you to program your temperature settings to a schedule so you don’t have to manually adjust the temperature. When programmed properly, programmable thermostats can save you money and increase comfort. The key is to properly set and use your thermostat.
- Smart Thermostats are the newest addition to the thermostat family. They “learn” your schedule by knowing when you are home and what your ideal settings are. Some popular smart thermostats include Nest and Ecobee.
When used properly, programmable and smart thermostats can save you 10-30% on your heating and cooling costs! We recommend updating your old manual thermostat to a programmable or smart unit.
Keep in mind that some HVAC systems may require a special thermostat. Speak with a professional before selecting or installing a thermostat.
Installing a thermostat is not as simple as it seems. It involves electricity, wiring, and depends on your type of heating and cooling system. Additionally, if you are replacing a manual thermostat with a mercury switch, you will need to dispose of it properly. We highly recommend calling a certified HVAC contractor for thermostat installations.
In order to avoid “ghost readings” and ensure proper and safe installation, contact a certified professional. Thermostats should be installed on an interior wall away from direct sunlight, windows, doors, HVAC vents, and other sources of heat, cold, and drafts.
Improper thermostat installation leads to frequent HVAC cycling, uncomfortable spaces, and high energy bills. Make sure your thermostat is installed properly by contacting the experts at Groundhog Heating & Air Conditioning.
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