Whether you are simply looking to upgrade your thermostat, get more out of your unit, or experiencing thermostat problems, you’ll have hundreds, if not thousands of thermostats to choose from. That being said, out of all the options available, they all fall into three distinctive categories. These categories would be:
Most people don’t really realize it, but the style and type of thermostat you choose to install in your home or office can make a huge difference in performance. There are plenty of trained and certified New York techs standing by ready to help. All you have to do is give them a call and they’ll be there in a New York minute.
As you probably imagined, hence the name, a non-programmable thermostat is of the non-programmable variety. This pretty much means that it has an on-and-off setting. You will either be able to turn the unit on heating or cooling. You’ll likely also be able to control the fan with an on or auto option, but other than that, these thermostats utilize old technology. Thermostats with mechanical parts and mercury are not the most reliable or accurate. Do not expect a whole lot of energy savings with these thermostats.
Programmable thermostats take things to an entirely different level. These thermostats allow you to adjust temperatures according to a variety of programmed settings that can take effect at different times of the day or night. For instance, say you want the thermostat to not run while you are at work. You can program the unit to not run when you are home. Say you want the unit to not run during the late hours while you and the family are sleeping. You’ll have this option as well. The biggest heating and cooling losses are when there are major differences between the temperatures.
A programmable thermostat allows you to reduce these losses by allowing you to set different temperatures at different times. Just as an example, during the cooling season, you can use a programmable thermostat to allow the temperature to rise when no one is home. You can then have the thermostat come on 30 minutes or an hour before you arrive so the house will be suitable and desirable.
The reduced cooling or heating during the day allows homeowners to decrease the demands placed on the electrical supply grid, saving you money on your energy bills. The programmable thermostat can work similarly during the heating season as well. Most people sleep better and more comfortably when the room is cooler and the temperatures differential between the inside and outside of a building will be at the greatest on a cool winter night, This is something that reduces energy losses.
Lastly, this brings you to smart thermostats. They might be the last on the list, but they should be at the top in terms of convenience and energy efficiency. These thermostats allow users to control the temperatures throughout the day and night via a schedule. What’s even more impressive with these thermostats is they are connected to the Internet.
This affords users the ability to monitor and maintain their heating and cooling settings via Internet-connected devices like smartphones, iPads, or iPods. You can quickly and easily switch the temperature off when there are no occupants inside. Some of these thermostats will even come with learning abilities, meaning they’ll learn when the house is likely to be occupied and when it might be empty. This will allow it to pre-heat and pre-cool home or building when needed.
If the occupant’s living arrangements change, the smart thermostat will learn the changes. Of course, it will take some time and adapting, but the thermostat will gradually adjust. A highly trained and certified New York HVAC tech can help you decide between thermostats for your home or building. Just because smart thermostats are the obvious choice for many, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll suit you and your family. Work with a qualified tech to see what best suits you.