The perfect thermostat for your home depends on several factors including wiring, your preference and your HVAC system. But choosing the right thermostat is much more than just logging into your Amazon account and ordering the one that looks the coolest or has the most features. You need to take the time to learn about the types of thermostats on the market and which ones will work best for you.
Total Care Heating and Air, your AC repair service in Riverside, offer you this handy thermostat buying guide to help you make the right decision.
Identify Your HVAC System
Before choosing a thermostat, you must first determine if it is compatible with your HVAC system. The most common system is single-stage heating. This means that there is only one level of output. For example, if you only have a gas furnace, then you only have one level of output.
A multi-stage system has at least two levels of heat. For example, you might have a gas furnace that heats your home but you also have another method of heat like solar panels.
A heat pump is a single system that provides both heating and cooling. Heat pumps require a different thermostat than single-stage heating.
Choose the Type of Thermostat You Desire
Now that you have identified your HVAC system, it is time to determine which type of thermostat you want or need.
A programmable thermostat will be very efficient because you can adjust it to automatically change the temperature of your home throughout the day or week. All you have to do is set it to your preferred temperatures throughout the day and days of the week and then you can forget about it as the thermostat will then do all of the work.
A learning thermostat offers you the benefits of a programmable thermostat, but you don’t even have to set it. Basically, they learn as you use them to create a schedule based on your preferences. They automatically turn the heat down when you leave the house and turn it up when you get home.
A digital non-programmable thermostat is a great choice for those who want to manually control their heat and air conditioning and enjoy an easy-to-read LCD display.
There are several options you can choose if you are leaning towards getting a programmable thermostat.
7-day thermostats allow you to program a unique temperature setting for each day of the week. This is a great option for people who have busy schedules.
A 5-1-1 day thermostat allows you to set one program for the weekdays and separate ones for both Saturday and Sunday.
A 5-2 day thermostat lets you set one program for the weekdays and one for the weekends.
A 1-week thermostat allows you to set one program for the entire week. This is the easiest programmable thermostat to use.
If you have any questions about thermostats or anything heating and cooling related, give Total Care Heating and Air a call or visit our website.