If you’re like most people in the Tampa, FL area, you probably don’t think too much about your thermostat. You need it, of course, because it’s the way you control the temperature in your house. But you’re probably not aware of just how many different types of thermostats there are out there. In fact, the type of thermostat you wind up with can affect a lot of things, from exactly how much control you have over the conditions inside your home to how much you pay for heating and cooling every month.
If you have a programmable thermostat, you should make sure that you are using it to its full potential. Do you like it cooler at night than during the day? You can set the thermostat to turn down the temperature a little before you go to bed so it cool when you are asleep, and then have it turn the AC down during the day while your home is empty. While it might seem like a small change, every time you turn your thermostat up during the summer saves you energy!
Types of Thermostats
The truth is there are quite a few different types of thermostats out there on the market at the moment. Most of them can be integrated with just about any type of heating or cooling system too, so no matter what type of equipment you already have in place, you’ll still have a lot of products to choose from.
The type of thermostat that’s best for you will depend on a number of factors including the size of your home and the types of features you’re likely to use. This can get a bit confusing as you try to figure out what the difference is between the different models available, but Air National Heating & Air Conditioning has the knowledge and expertise to help you make an informed decision.
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If you’re just looking for a basic, functional thermostat, one of our wired models may be just the thing. These types of thermostats are hard wired into the heating and cooling system itself. They make use of a simple user interface that can be either digital or analog and that allows you to adjust the temperature in your home as needed.
While there are still some older analog models out there, more and more of the thermostats in use these days are digital. Digital thermostats can be wired or wireless and they may be simple or quite complex. Some digital thermostats offer touch screen options while others have only a basic set of controls and a simple temperature read–out.
Programmable Digital Thermostats
One of the most exciting and useful features of many digital thermostats is their programmability. Rather than having to manually adjust the thermostat every time you want to turn the heat or air conditioning up or down, you’ll only need to preset the temperature you’d like your system to maintain at a certain time of day and let the thermostat do the rest.
For instance, you probably don’t want to keep your home heating and cooling system running all day long while you’re not there. But it is always nice to come home from work to a cozy, temperature–controlled house. And with a digital programmable thermostat, you can do just that.
Simply set the thermostat to a lower temperature starting when you leave in the morning and then tell it to increase the temperature beginning just before you typically get home. That way, you can enjoy the comfort of walking into a heated or cooled house everyday without paying to keep the heat or air conditioning on all day, and without having to constantly manually adjust your thermostat.
Wireless thermostats are a relatively new addition to the market, but they’re quickly growing in popularity. That’s largely because of their versatility, as well as their ability to control temperatures with incredible precision.
Because they don’t need to be physically connected directly to your heating or cooling system, wireless thermostats can be located anywhere in your home. In fact, you can have multiple access panels put in or even use a remote control without having to get off the couch to change the temperature. Wireless thermostats are also considered to be a more energy efficient option because of their ability to control temperatures so precisely.
If you live in the Greater Hillsborough and Pinellas County, Florida area and you’d like to learn more about the different types of thermostats available, call Air National. We offer a wide variety of thermostats for you to choose from and we can install them in just about any heating or cooling system you have in place. Our technicians are experienced in dealing with all types of heating and cooling systems, and they’ll make sure the job is done right the first time.