Saturday, April 1, 2017

Which Type of Thermostat is Right for You?

Wondering if you could benefit from an upgrade to your thermostat? Need more information to figure out what type of thermostat is best for you?
As the master control for the heating and cooling your Ann Arbor home, the thermostat is pretty important. But do you need anything more than to simply be able to set the temperature? If you’re interested in efficiency and saving some dollars on your electric bill, yes!
Learn the basic features of four main types of thermostats available today so you can make the ideal choice for your home.


heating and cooling Ann ArborThese thermostats feature a dial or switch you move manually to set your temperature. Nothing digital on these guys! Because the technology used in these thermostats to detect room temperature can be unreliable, manual thermostats aren’t the best option for precisely managing temps in your home.
You won’t run into many mechanical thermostats these days, except in homes that haven’t seen updates in a while. They aren’t much less expensive than the next model up, and because they aren’t too reliable, the savings may not be worth it.


One step up from the manual thermostats, a non-programmable thermostat uses an easily readable digital display to show you the current temperature, temperature setting, fan setting, and HVAC setting (Heat, A/C, or Off).
These units are more reliable than their manual predecessors, but if you set your system to different temperatures throughout the day, you’ll have to remember to do that on your own. This upgrade won’t cost you much and delivers on function and accuracy.


Take efficiency to the next level with a programmable thermostat. There are a wide range of options available with this type of thermostat, from simply setting different temperatures during night and day to setting different temperatures for days of the week or even different areas in your house!
With a range of features also comes a range of prices. If you value maximum efficiency and would like to save on your monthly energy bill, spending a little more on your thermostat could definitely be worth it.


heating and cooling ann arborHere is where thermostats get really techy! Taking temperature control to the max, wireless thermostats connect to your wireless network so you can make changes to your settings remotely. If you’re suddenly called out of town, you can set your house to a more economic temperature from the road.

The access comes at a price, however, about ten times as much as your basic manual thermostat. The added features are nice for efficiency, but if you don’t see much use for the ability to change your settings when away from the house, the upgrade might not benefit you much.

If you’re looking for a new thermostat or are considering any upgrades to your heating and cooling in Ann Arbor, we’re here to help. We can answer your questions, introduce you to new products, provide installation services, and more. Give us a call today!

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