Knowing the ins and outs of your air conditioning system probably doesn’t seem too exciting, but think again! Air conditioning systems are one of the most amazing inventions that help us keep cool and comfortable year-round, so knowing a little AC lingo can’t hurt. For this week’s AC Anatomy lesson, we’re delving into the world of thermostats.
What Does a Thermostat Do?
Thermostats may be small, but they have a big job. A component of the control system, thermostats work to sense the temperature of the system so it can control and maintain the temperature of the entire home. Simply put, the thermostat allows you to turn the entire AC system on or off and to adjust the various settings.
What Are the Different Type of Thermostats Available?
Long gone are the days of the traditional thermostat that only allowed homeowners a few simple options. Now, there are numerous types of thermostats on the market, which allow homeowners to personalize their comfort. While there are many types of thermostats available, here are three mainstays:
- Manual. These thermostats emphasize simplicity. Typically used in older homes, manual thermostats contain just the basic air conditioning functions, which are great for homeowners who don’t want to mess with any programmable settings.
- Programmable. These thermostats put you in control. While manual thermostats need to be set each day, programmable thermostats allow you to program the temperature of your home so it will automatically adjust throughout the day. Personalization is great for people who work a lot or aren’t in their homes for the better part of the day.
- System Zoning. If your house is large or multi-level, zoning thermostats could be a good option. By utilizing multiple thermostats, zoning systems help cool each part of the house equally—including those rooms that experience hot spots and cold spots.
- Wi-Fi. Love your smartphone or tablet? Then a Wi-Fi controlled thermostat might be perfect for you. You’ll be able to access your thermostat through your mobile device so you can control your comfort settings conveniently. Click here for a coupon that will save you 15% on a new professionally installed Wi-Fi thermostat for a limited time!
What Type of Thermostat Do I Need?
Choosing the right thermostat depends on a few different factors, such as your home’s size and layout and your personal lifestyle. Manual thermostats work better for those who want a straightforward approach to cooling their home, while programmable thermostats work well for those who have active lifestyles and may not be home as much. If your home is large or multi-level, a zoning system may be a great option to ensure that your entire home is cool and comfortable.
Whatever thermostat you choose, it’s important that your home is cool and comfortable. At Engineered Air, we can help you pick the best thermostat for your home and your lifestyle. To learn more about Engineered Air, click here, and be sure to learn more AC Anatomy here.