Your thermostat is a major part of what keeps your heating and cooling system working efficiently, even on Southwest Florida’s hottest days. Because there are several types of thermostats, it takes some research to find the one that’s best for your home.
These are the types of thermostat you can still find in older homes and that you may have used years ago. On the oldest models, you’ll select your desired temperature by physically turning a dial on the face of the thermostat. There are also digital manual thermostats that offer an LCD display screen and buttons used to adjust the temperature. If you don’t mind having to adjust the thermostat manually every time you want a different temperature, you might be content with this thermostat.
The very oldest programmable thermostat, the clock thermostat, allows you to choose two temperature settings per day: a warmer and a cooler period. Modern programmable thermostats let you choose up to four different temperatures.
These thermostats come in three types. A 5-2 day model lets you set one program for five days and another for two days, such as for the weekdays and weekend. A 5-1-1 day model lets you choose two different settings for each “weekend” day. With a 7-day model, you can choose a setting for every day of the week. These types of thermostats work well if you have a fairly predictable schedule but don’t like having to fiddle with the thermostat.
Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat
Smart thermostats give you all the benefits of conventional thermostats and then some. With one of these thermostats, you can customize your home’s temperature schedule with as many periods as you want for each day of the week. You can also set the thermostat over the internet from your computer or a smart phone app. Consider one of these if your schedule is unpredictable, or if you want to fine-tune your heating and cooling use for the greatest energy savings.
For guidance on choosing from among the types of thermostats on the market, contact us at Conditioned Air in Southwest Florida.