Types of Thermostats
Homeowners now have more thermostat choices than ever. Which thermostat you choose usually comes down to personal preference. The three basic types of thermostats available today are:
- Manual. A manual thermostat is your least expensive choice and the most straightforward to operate. Modern versions come with LED screens and a few buttons that let you raise and lower the indoor temperature.
- Programmable. Programmable thermostats take heating and cooling your home one step further, allowing you to set heating and cooling schedules based on activity in your house. For instance, you can schedule the furnace or AC to come on at 7 a.m. on weekdays, turn off during the day, and then come back on shortly before everyone gets home.
- Smart/Wi-Fi enabled. The newest type on the market, you can control a smart thermostat from any mobile device. Many learn your daily habits, so there’s less programming as time goes by. Along with remote energy management, many also feature encryption coding, climate adaptation, and keyboard locks.
Some homeowners prefer to replace or install a thermostat themselves, but newer models often involve electrical work, which is best left to a professional.
You can trace many of your home’s HVAC system problems back to the thermostat. Sometimes, the thermostat is merely out of adjustment; other times, the batteries are dead. These are generally easy fixes. Four signs your thermostat isn’t working right and might need professional repair or replacement are:
- It has no power or is unresponsive.
- The heater, furnace, or air conditioner won’t turn on.
- Your heater or AC runs constantly and won’t switch off.
- The temperature displayed on the thermostat doesn’t match the indoor temp.
Fortunately, thermostats now have what’s called an “emergency heat” or EM mode. Many homeowners mistakenly believe they should switch to this mode when it gets really cold outside. The switch is actually for when your heating equipment stops working and you want to use a backup system.
Homes with an EM setting often have heat pumps as their primary heating source and backup gas, oil, or electric furnaces. EM heat should only be used in real emergencies, so you don’t get hit with exorbitant heating bills.
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