Living in an area such as ours – somewhere with blistering hot summers and freezing cold winters – causes your thermostat to get quite the workout throughout the year. Thus, it’s important to make sure that you have a good one!
Are you in the market for a new thermostat? Consider the following thermostat functions when choosing a system to make sure you get the best possible product for your family’s heating and cooling needs.
Interface – Do you prefer a classic dial, or a modern, digital interface? If you’re a high-tech kind of person, you might even like a thermostat with a touch-screen.
Programmability – This feature adds convenience and can even help you save money. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the furnace or A/C to turn on at certain times of the day or week. A “smart” thermostat with Internet connectivity can also be programmed remotely via a smartphone or computer.
Changeover type – Changeover refers to when the thermostat switches from heating to cooling mode as the temperature crosses a certain threshold. Options here include automatic and manual changeover.
Extra features – You will probably have a multitude of fancy features to choose from. Consider whether you want features such as indoor/outdoor remote sensors, humidity control and others. If you don’t need a special feature such as password protection, you probably won’t want to shell out the extra money it costs to buy a thermostat equipped with this feature.
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Temperature Talk is written & published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling