The Best Thermostat for Cincinnati Homeowners
A thermostat can help keep your home comfortable and give you control over your energy usage. Home thermostats can range from simple manual units to sophisticated programmable units. Your choice of a thermostat will depend on the type of heating and cooling system you have in your home, how you want to use your thermostat, and the features you want to have available.
The thermostat is the “brain” of your home that allows you to control your comfort and your HVAC system. Based on your heating and cooling needs, it controls when your furnace or air conditioner comes on and shuts off, it controls whether hot or cold air is circulated through your home, and it affects your utility costs. Outdated thermostats have a greater margin of error when determining if it has reached your temperature set-point, so you could be left too hot or too cold. Your thermostat can also affect the lifespan of your heating and cooling system. If one component is not operating correctly, the other components of the system are forced to compensate, which can result in a shortened lifespan or costly repairs.
Considering that new energy-saving thermostats can decrease your energy bills by about 20%, investing in a technologically advanced thermostat will save you money over time and keep you more comfortable now.Newer thermostats, even the most basic ones, are built with the latest technology that makes them better able to accurately control temperature, and thus, your comfort.
There are three types of thermostats to consider purchasing:
- Manual thermostats
- Programmable thermostats
- Smart thermostats
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Types of Thermostats
Manual thermostats provide basic control over room and/or house temperature levels. Manual thermostats are typically found in older homes. They’re economical with simple controls, but they have limited energy savings. They can work efficiently if you’re diligent about manually changing settings based on your in-home and out-of-home schedule. Manual thermostats do not provide advanced temperature controls such as programming automatic changes in the temperature setting, humidity sensors, or other features found on some digital thermostats. A typical manual thermostat has a toggle switch between cool / heat and off positions.
Programmable thermostats offer a host of benefits and are convenient and practical for today’s fast paced lifestyles. A programmable thermostat allows you to control and check your home’s temperature, humidification, dehumidification, ventilation, and air filtration all from one convenient device. It also makes your maintenance needs easy to remember, alerting you when filters, UV bulbs, and humidifier pads should be serviced or replaced. These thermostats can be programmed to potentially save you up to 33% on your annual heating and cooling costs.
A GREEN Choice: Programmable thermostats are a green choice because they help your home use less energy. Using less energy helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production. Programmable thermostats are also eco‐friendly since don’t contain mercury, making them an even greener choice.
A smart thermostat that is compatible with your furnace and air conditioner can provide the benefits, comfort, and savings of a programmable thermostat with the advantage of controlling your home’s heating and cooling system from anywhere. A wireless thermostat, also called a Wi-Fi thermostat or smart thermostat, is connected to the Internet which allows you to remotely control your home’s heating and cooling system directly from a computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or web application. Wi-Fi thermostats are convenient, easy to use, and save money by cutting down the amount of energy required to heat and cool your home.
With a smart thermostat, you have the standard programmable benefits like scheduling temperature settings for specific events such as when you are asleep, the house is empty for a significant part of the day, or you are on vacation. You can also control these settings with an app on your Wi-Fi connected phone or tablet from anywhere. You can view and change settings, check indoor/outdoor temperature, and more. So if you forget to turn down the temperature when you go on vacation, you can take care of it from the beach or wherever you are. You can also set-up a smart thermostat to alert you when there is a problem with your HVAC system such as the A/C shutting off unexpectedly, when your air filter needs changed, or when the humidity level is out of your specified range. You can also set it up to send those alerts to Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing so we can proactively reach out to you when there is a problem.