There are so many ways to improve energy efficiency these days it can boggle the mind. This seems to be true even when choosing a thermostat. The advances in technology can make it a little confusing to know which one is right for your home. Here are a few tips that might help:
Looking at the Types of Thermostats
The most common types of thermostats available and popular these days are programmable thermostats and smart thermostats. Understanding the basics of each will help you determine your preference.
Programmable thermostat features:
- Pre-programmed settings
- Will stay within 2 degrees of setting
- Digital display
- Touch pad screen
- Hold and vacation features
- Air filter change indicator
- System malfunction indicator
Smart Thermostat features:
- Programmable from anywhere via Wi-Fi connection
- 7-day programming
- Touch screen
- Ability to “learn” your schedule and auto-set programming
- Humidity sensor
- Energy use tracking
- Auto alerts for system issues and filter change indicator
How to Decide
A few things will help you decide which type of thermostat is right for you.
First, your level of comfort with technology can be a big factor. Some people have no interest in a system that includes Wi-Fi, while others want the latest cutting-edge technology.
Second, your budget is also a factor. Take a look at the price differences to help you find the one that is in line with what you want to spend.
Third, ask an HVAC contractor for their input. They might be able to tell you which one would work best for your home, your family, and your lifestyle.
One of the best ways to get the most from your HVAC system is by investing in a new thermostat. To find the one that’s right for you and that will give you the biggest boost to your energy efficiency contact the team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning by calling 704-821-6255 or by clicking here.