Choosing the Right Thermostat for Your Home

The thermostat is the first step in creating a cool and comfortable home. While physically small, they are the master control room of managing your air conditioning. You need a thermostat you can count on for every season, and if yours isn’t performing as desired, consult with an HVAC technician.

Different Types of Thermostats

With new technology constantly being developed, there are many types of thermostats out there and deciding on an appropriate one for your home can be difficult. To help, here’s a breakdown of the different types of thermostats you may find:

Smart

Recently, a growing trend in thermostats has been smart thermostats. These Internet connected thermostats take temperature control into a new age cutting out any potential for human error, only further cutting your energy bill. Smart thermostats come with new sensors that can determine whether or not people are in the room and accordingly heat or cool the room. Ready to leave? The smart thermostat will hold off on heating or cooling until the room or house is occupied again, all without you having to do anything.

If you’re ever dissatisfied with the temperature, you can control the smart thermostat without even getting up by using your smartphone. Most smart thermostats provide apps giving putting everything you need at your fingertips. The smart thermostat learns from your temperature habits and provides you with energy consumption reports to learn more about your home including humidity levels, filter status, and spending.

These high-tech thermostats are the most expensive option, but prove to save you money over time on your energy bill over time. For the average homeowner, we recommend the programmable thermostat still as they give you the necessary temperature control. If you’re invested in monitoring your energy consumption data, needing to remotely adjust your temperature, or like having the latest and greatest technology, then the smart thermostat may be a fit for you.

Programmable

Similar to the smart thermostat, a programmable thermostat allows specific temperatures at certain times throughout the day. The only difference? You have to create the schedule. It will then automatically adjust the temperature of your home according to your preset times. This gives you the power to choose when you use energy, therefore saving you money.

Since it contains higher quality equipment, programmable thermostats will cost more upfront, but will pay for themselves by cutting energy costs over time. These thermostats usually provide about four programmable options to choose from:

  • 7-day programming: Allows you to plan one set of temperatures for each day of the week.
  • 5-1-1 programming: Allows you to plan one set of temperatures for weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • 5-2 programming: Allows you to plan one set of temperatures for weekdays and weekends.
  • 1-week programming: Allows you to plan one set of temperatures for the entire week.

We recommend these thermostats as the customizability of the programming adapts to your household and lifestyle, a vital feature for Florida weather. Even if your day changes, you can manually override any preset condition to achieve the temperature you want.

Non-Programmable

The biggest difference between non-programmable and the popular programmable/smart thermostats is that you have to manually adjust the temperature for non-programmable thermostats.  These thermostats are very basic, but are less expensive on the upfront. Although they don’t have as many customizable features as programmable thermostats, they are still effective in maintaining the desired temperature of your home.

Mechanical

If your system is old or you prefer less technical appliances, then you should consider a mechanical thermostat. Even though mechanical thermostats are typically affordable and easy to install, they aren’t the most precise or up-to-date. While electronic thermostats utilize digital sensors to accurately analyze the room temperature, mechanical thermostats use metallic strips. These strips don’t react quickly and can take a while to complete a temperature adjustment.

Since you’re more so selecting a temperature range with a mechanical thermostat, you’re at risk to spend more than you would like to. Stellar Services doesn’t recommend this type of thermostat for most homes as they are inefficient in energy demanding Florida homes.

It’s Your Home, Choose the Best Thermostat for You

While there are multiple thermostats to choose from, there are other considerations to make when choosing a thermostat as well:

  • Wiring: Most thermostats can work with minimal wiring, but new smart thermostats require you to have a common wire. Common wires provide continuous power for thermostats that features displays and WiFi.
  • Corresponding Equipment: Thermostats can control other equipment like furnaces, air conditioners, and heating pumps. Think about which appliances you want your thermostat to control.
  • Preference: Most decisions boil down to personal preferences and how you want to control your HVAC system. Choose a thermostat that would best match your wants and needs.

How We Can Help

If you would like to seek professional advice about thermostats, our experienced technicians would be glad to help. Our team of experts wants to provide everything you need to ensure you are living at your best. To schedule an appointment for a thermostat installation or any other questions you may have, call our office today!