Types of Thermostats Available
The thermostat on your HVAC system has evolved from a humble control panel you manually controlled, to a programmable or smart piece of electronics.
A manually controlled thermostat has basic controls for increasing or decreasing temperature, but is reliant upon the user to adjust settings as the temperatures outside, and the seasons, change.
A programmable thermostat can be adjusted to change the temperature throughout the day, can be set to reflect your usage on any given day. For example, have different settings for weekdays and weekends. You can also manually override settings if you wish to. The ability to program temperature can result in running costs being reduced.
There is also a growing market in smart thermostats which can remotely control the temperature on your thermostat.
Which Thermostat Do You Need?
When we have to undertake a new thermostat installation or thermostat replacement, it’s important we understand how you use your HVAC system. Having the right thermostat could help you save on running costs, so even if your current manual version is working, it may be cost effective to move to a programmable thermostat.
We will consider a number of things, including:
- Whether someone is at home during the day, on weekdays, or whether the household is out at work and/or school.
- Your personal interest in programmable features. If you aren’t tech savvy and just want your system to work, we can program your thermostat for you or choose a simple model that’s easy to use.
- If programmable features are important to you, would Wi-Fi access to your HVAC system be beneficial?
These discussions will consider your budget; you don’t want to pay for features you won’t be using.
A Professional Service
Of course, we can carry out a thermostat repair if it is possible to do so and if you’re happy with the running costs of your current system.
If you decide you would like to save on running costs, we can install a thermostat replacement. Several common issues arise when replacing thermostats which a professional will be able to avoid, so saving you money. In the first instance, you need to make sure your new thermostat is compatible with your HVAC system. Different thermostats work with different types of HVAC systems, so it’s important to get the right one.
Your thermostat also needs to be capable of being installed in your home. It is a common problem when moving from an older one to a new smart or programmable thermostat, as the older versions didn’t need so many wires. We will check whether the wiring is set up for your new thermostat.