Thermostats are the brains of your HVAC system. It might not seem like it since they’re attached to the wall in your home and usually nowhere close to the system itself, but there’s no other component that fits the description better. Using its sensory abilities to read the temperature, the thermostat gives orders to the HVAC system. It’s similar to how our brains give us the involuntary command to sweat when it gets hot, or to shiver when it’s cold.
But this isn’t neuroscience. Thermostats are much simpler! We’ll tell you what you need to know about thermostats in Panama City, FL to increase your HVAC efficiency and home comfort.
Old Thermostats Should Be Replaced
You’ll know an old thermostat when you see it. They usually have that shiny vintage look with brown and beige coloring, like something that would fit perfectly on the dashboard of a car from the 70s.
To be more technical, what really makes an old thermostat “old” is if it uses a slide or a dial without any kind of digital display. This, alone, leaves much room for error about where you’re setting the temperature.
Also, a thermostat that old is probably suffering from age-related problems. It might be inaccurate, worn-out, or it might still use mercury. Just replacing the thermostat, alone, can save you money on your annual energy costs.
What Your Thermostat Needs, At the Least
So if we don’t like vintage thermostats, then what kind of thermostats do we like? Well, it needs to be able to fulfill a few qualities:
- It uses a thermistor instead of mercury to read the temperature.
- It has a digital display to show you the current temperature, to let you set the temperature to a number, and to show you other information related to its operation.
- It can be programmed to heat and cool according to a schedule of your choosing.
Without these basic features, your thermostat cannot be used strategically for improved efficiency.
Why Choose a Smart/WiFi Thermostat
Smart/WiFi thermostats go a few steps beyond these basic digital thermostats by integrating the same technology that you’d find in your smartphone or tablet. These thermostats have plenty of features; enough for a new post entirely. Here’s the minimum of what we think you need to know:
- They can make a program based on your behaviors. Many smart thermostats will monitor your energy usage over the course of several days, and then create a schedule for your HVAC system to follow. You can always customize this schedule, too.
- When you leave the house, the thermostats will adjust themselves to reduce their energy usage. Some can even be integrated to turn off when windows or doors are left open.
- Safety alerts can be sent to your smart device to inform you of any problems with your AC, thus saving you hundreds when you call for preventative repairs or maintenance.
While a normal programmable thermostat can certainly be enough to help you with savings, a smart/WiFi thermostat can act autonomously to make minor adjustments through all times of the day. When added together, these adjustments can go a long way in reducing your energy bills.