A thermostat is a device that controls the temperature in your home. There are several types of thermostats, but all are connected to your heating and cooling system and depending on the type you have, they can greatly affect the efficiency of your HVAC Appliances.
Types of Thermostats
Essentially there are three main types of thermostats that most homeowners will use today: non-programmable, programmable and Wi-Fi/Smart. They range in price, starting with non-programmable as your least expensive option, and smart typically on the higher side. Keep in mind that depending on the type, increases in efficiency and resulting savings often make it worth investing in a wi-fi or smart thermostat.
Let’s take a look at the main types of thermostats and which one should be used for different applications.
Simple and affordable, non-programmable thermostats are great for people who are home often, work from home and don’t travel for long periods. It’s easy to adjust the temperature manually to suit your comfort needs and is fairly efficient if manually controlled correctly. Bear in mind that because it’s non-programmable, you’ll need to adjust the settings yourself, and you won’t be able to pre-program in any temperature changes.
Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-program temperature adjustments which can give you some freedom. Depending on the type you have you can pre-set changes based on a daily or weekly settings, like lowering the temperature at night or on weekends when you are away. They are ideal for people who live in areas with significant variations in temperature from day to night or for those who aren’t home enough to manually control the temperatures on a non-programmable unit.
WiFi/ Smart Thermostats
Wi-Fi and Smart thermostats connect to the wireless network in your home and behave like a smarter version of a programmable thermostat. You can program temperature settings ahead of time or control the settings on your thermostat from your computer or mobile device anywhere using an App.
Smart thermostats like an ecobee can integrate with other automation devices in your home and over time will even track your behaviour and when you are home and away to adjust settings for maximum efficiency.
Wi-fi and Smart thermostats are great for people who want maximum control and efficiency. They are also great for folks who travel often. Most will connect to voice control devices like Alexa, and some can even notify you when your appliance needs maintenance.
While they are typically more expensive, you’ll usually end up getting your investment back in energy savings in a 1-2 year period.