February 2, 2018
A thermostat is a control point for the climate inside your home. It is a piece of technology – and for some people, technology makes life easier. For others, it seems to make it more complicated. Like with any tool, having the right one for the job makes all the difference. And in the case of a thermostat, selecting the right one is easier once you match the right features to suit your needs.
There are 5 main categories of thermostats, in order of increasing technology and features:
With so many choices, it can be confusing, or easy to get more than you need. The best place to begin is to consider which type of technology best suits your lifestyle.
Two types of thermostats work well enough when you’re home a lot or don’t vary the temperature much.
If you’re more on-the-go with work or activities, a programmable thermostat gives you the choice: you can do a manual “set-and-done” or you can program it.
Programming takes a bit of a learning curve, but it saves greatly on your energy costs.
A Remote Energy Management (REM) thermostat takes the programmable model and bumps the technology up a notch.
This type of system can also be tied into other systems, such as your home alarm or lighting. Remotely controlling all of these can be combined and conveniently controlled from wherever you are, through a personal electronic device.
If you’re comfortable with technology and want to bump it up another notch – you can install a thermostat that progressively learns.
A learning thermostat can also serve as a guide to more energy savings – and it provides monthly energy reports so you can monitor your expenditures. Also, you may check it, set it, and remotely manage it from your computer, tablet, or smartphone no matter where you are.
When you’re installing thermostats, there are many things to consider, such as initial cost, ease of use, energy savings potential, and lifestyle. If you’re ready to install or upgrade, contact your local Phoenix HVAC professionals at Parker & Sons for more information about pricing or schedule an installation.