Have you been wondering which thermostat is the right fit for you? Just like with cars, phones and computers, thermostats range from the most basic functions out there all the way to “smart” ones.
Just a little bit of research will help you figure out which one is right for you; they all have pros and cons.
Traditional Thermostats – are very simple to operate, but unfortunately are very inefficient as well. You just set it on the temperature you desire and your system makes sure your home stays at that exact temperature whether you are there to enjoy it or not. It is kind of like leaving your car running while you run into a store. Maybe your car will still be warm and cozy when you get back in it but how much gas did you use unnecessarily.
So, unless you are home all day, you don’t really need your home to stay the same temperature for a 24 hour period. Ideally, if you leave for work for 8 hours a day, then your home could be kept at a cooler temperature in the winter (or warmer temperature in the summer) during those hours while you are away which saves you money. That’s where Programmable Thermostats come in…
Programmable Thermostats – have been around for quite some time (40 years or so) so most homes should have them by now. Surprisingly though, most people use their programmable thermostat the same way you would use a traditional thermostat. They set it at one temperature and leave it there. Guess what? This does not save you any money. All you have done is replace an old traditional thermostat with one that now has digital numbers.
Yes, it does take a little extra time to reset the temperatures each time the season changes, but people who do so actually save 10% on their utility bills so it is completely worth it. That could add up to an extra $200 a year!
Smart Thermostats – are relatively new and are set to become the new normal in home comfort systems. They use Wi-Fi to allow you to control any number of things in your home including temperature, humidity, ventilation, lights and home security. You can access this system from your smart phone, computer or tablet so you have almost total control of your home at your fingertips. You also have choices as to how automated you want your home to be so if you are only interested in controlling your temperature while you are away you have that option.
No matter which thermostat suits your needs best give Carmine’s a call today at 203-791-8085 for help installing your new thermostat. Our certified technicians are here to help you with all of your heating, plumbing and air conditioning needs.