The comfort that you experience in your Fort Pierce, Florida, home relies primarily on the thermostat. Choosing the best thermostat to meet your energy needs is crucial to keeping your home comfortable and your energy costs low. While there are many thermostats on the market, they will likely fall into one of three categories: manual, programmable, or smart.

Manual Thermostats

Manual thermostats require you to turn the cooling or heat on and manually adjust to the desired temperature. The benefits of these thermostats are their low cost and easy operation. However, they are less efficient than other models.

Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats will allow you to set the temperature for different times of day, as well as different days of the week. Some models have weekday and weekend settings, while others allow you to set a different temperature for each day of the week. These thermostats are moderately priced, easy to install and operate. They also provide better energy efficiency and comfort levels.

Smart Thermostats

One of the newest technologies to hit the thermostat market is the smart thermostat. These thermostats work like programmable thermostats in their ability to set programs. As an added benefit, you can control them remotely from your phone, even when you are away from home. Furthermore, they have learning functions that will make self-adjustments to provide your home with the best energy savings.

Depending on the model you choose, many of these thermostats come with additional features such as maintenance notifications, energy reports, and the ability to link with other smart devices in the home.

Is Your Thermostat Compatible with Your HVAC System?

Before you take the plunge and purchase your thermostat, you need to make sure that it’s compatible with your HVAC system. Check the following things on your system before making a decision:

  • The size of your thermostat
  • Your unit’s heating and cooling stages
  • Your unit’s voltage

Once you complete this checklist, you will be able to make an informed decision. Take the next step to improving your family’s comfort with a new thermostat. To learn more about which thermostat is the best for your home, contact Grimes Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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Originally published in Dec. 2018, updated in March 2020

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