You need a thermostat to help control the comfort in your Elberton, GA, home. The right thermostat can help you save on utility costs while controlling the temperature in your home. Here’s how to choose the right thermostat:
Check the Type of HVAC System You Have
Before deciding on what thermostat to purchase, identify the type of system you have. The type of unit you use determines the compatibility with the thermostat. There are furnace-fuel, floor-mounted, fireplace and heat pumps systems, and which one you have determines the type of thermostat you need.
You might also have a central cooling system or swamp cooler, which also determines the type of thermostat you need. If you’re having trouble deciding on the right thermostat, contact a professional service technician.
Type of Thermostat
There are several types of thermostats available on the market. Knowing the different types can help you make an informed decision.
- Programmable thermostats: A programmable thermostat requires you to set your preferred temperatures at different times of the day. Some of them will offer a different program for every day of the week, while simpler units just have a weekend and weekday schedule option. This kind of thermostat automatically adjusts the temperatures depending on the time of the day.
- Smart thermostats: Smart thermostats are programmable and can learn your schedule and routine over time. You can program them based on whether someone is home. They also use Wi-Fi and are remotely controlled using tablets, phones and computers.
- Remote Energy Management Thermostats (REMT): While similar to the smart thermostat, A REMT has a slight difference. Remote energy management thermostats have smart features that allow you to program, set and monitor your HVAC system from your smart device. Rather than use the wall-mounted mechanical or digital display, they use your smartphone or computer through a hub.
- Digital non-programmable thermostats: For people who prefer manual operated thermostats, consider the non-programmable thermostat. It consists of an easy to read wall-mounted LCD.
- Manual Thermostats: Manual thermostats consist of mechanical dials or tabs with neither whistles nor bells and hold the same temperatures as you set them. They’re for people who are often at home and prefer fixed temperature settings.
Choosing the Right Thermostat for Your Needs
To determine the right thermostat for your home, consult an experienced HVAC service technician. Call McGee Heating & Air Inc. to help you with all matters regarding controls and thermostats.
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