Your Thermostat Buying Guide
When it comes to home thermostats, models can range from manual, simple units all the way to programmable, sophisticated units with a number of different styles and colors. Here, we will outline the different categories of thermostats, what to consider when selecting one, and what special features may be available to help increase your home’s comfort, convenience of use, and energy proficiency.
Types of Thermostats and Their Features
Thermostats generally fall into three categories – manual, programmable, and “smart.” All of these types of thermostats work with air conditioning systems as well as a variety of electric, oil, and gas furnaces. These types of thermostats each have a number of features that include:
- Manual – Manual thermostats are most often found in older homes that feature simple and economical controls. These types of thermostats offer a limited amount of energy savings as well as comfort, but they can work well if users are diligent about adjusting the settings with temperature changes.
- Programmable – Programmable thermostats can be set to change the temperature inside of the home automatically throughout the day, which can help save homeowners up to 30 percent on the cost of heating as well as 15 to 25 percent on the cost of air conditioning. Some advanced models have the ability to change from cooling to heating during seasonal changes as well. Programmable thermostats are easy to use, have a digital interface, and many feature mercury-free options.
- Smart – “Smart” or “Wifi” thermostats are used to help improve energy efficiency and also allow users to control the temperature from their smartphone, computer, or tablet.
The first step in determining if a thermostat is compatible with your heating or cooling system is to identify how that system is fitted. Homes are generally fitted with 1 Stage, 2 Stage, 24mV, Direct Line Voltage, or Zone fittings. Thermostats are clearly labeled with one of the following in order to make the right match:
- Works with 1 Stage: Works with heating and cooling units that are separate.
- Works with Multi-Stage or 2 Stage: Works with high and low speed heating and cooling units.
- Works with 24mV: Works with a floor, fireplace, or wall furnace.
- Works with Direct Line Voltage: Works with some older homes that use 110 or 240 direct current to power the thermostat.
- Zoned HVAC: Works with HVAC systems that individually control heating or cooling from different areas.
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