When you think about your AC unit, you usually think of freon, its condenser, evaporator, perhaps the ductwork and even its timer. But an equally important part of your AC unit that we usually use and interact with but somehow also usually tend to overlook is the thermostat. Yes, we usually get to tinker with the thermostat of our AC systems but since it is usually detached from the AC unit itself, we tend to not think of it automatically when we consider our AC systems. Of course, it is quite important to know more this rather essential part of our air conditioners, but do you know that there are a number of different thermostat types? If you’re still a bit clueless of what the different kinds of thermostats are, you better get ready so that you can really develop a deeper appreciation of your AC system, not to mention you’ll really know how the system works instead of just having shallow knowledge about it. This is whether you’re considering an Air Conditioning installation, or not.
The Non-Programmable Thermostat
If what you have in your AC system is what you consider to be quite basic, then your might have a non-programmable thermostat. This type of thermostat is perfect for people who are just there at home and are therefore present most of the time to adjust the settings to your preferred temperature manually. Well, come to think of it, since most of us are still cooped up in our houses because of the pandemic, a non-programmable thermostat should suffice, even with its basic features. You cannot program any temperature changes while you are sleeping or away from your house, but then since everyone doesn’t really leave their houses nowadays, having a non-programmable unit isn’t really that huge a hassle.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system, especially older ones, already came with a non-programmable thermostat. Some people choose to upgrade to programmable thermostats, which costs extra. If you aren’t going to be using the extra features that come with a programmable thermostat, the cost associated with installing one isn’t worth it for you. Therefore, you must evaluate if you will use the features and if so, how often.
The Programmable Thermostat
Obviously, as its name implies, a programmable thermostat allows users to pre-program adjustments for ideal temperatures during the day or night time and for adjustments to be made daily or weekly. So, for example, there are more people in your house during the weekend, you can program the thermostat to keep the temperatures lower on Saturdays and Sundays to offset the increased body heat produced by more people. When the AC or heating system doesn’t have to work hard and adjust all the time, the wear and tear of the unit is decreased, not to mention energy and repair costs also get more manageable. Of course, this type of thermostat is very convenient, as you don’t have to physically go to the thermostat every time you need to adjust settings.
Programmable thermostats can be programmed to heat/cool areas when a certain time rolls around. This means you don’t have to get up whenever readjust it. You can simply tell it beforehand when you want it to turn on, turn off, or change the temperature.
The Wi-Fi Thermostat
Because Wi-Fi thermostats are connected to a wireless network, you can use your tablet, computer, or smartphone to access it. This takes the convenience of the programmable thermostat to the next level because you may now adjust the thermostat settings remotely. So, yes, even if you’re away from your house, you can adjust the thermostat’s settings in real-time.
Many Wi-Fi thermostats let you set notifications and alarms if your home’s temperature or humidity hits pre-set highs or lows. And if you’re not available to investigate or make changes, you can have those same notifications and alarms sent to other family members or neighbors to address the situation.
The Smart Thermostat
Finally, a smart thermostat is also a programmable thermostat that has evolved two steps further. As implied by its name, a smart thermostat studies you, its user. It learns your habits and adjusts the temperature accordingly, such as the time you arrive home, when you go to bed, or when you leave home so the unit gets turned off. With that information, your AC and heater can be run with utmost cooling or heating efficiency. A good number of these smart models are even compatible with voice-enabled virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Assistant.
The advantage of a smart thermostat is its ability to learn a household’s patterns and adjust heating and cooling according to when a home is occupied or is about to be occupied. This reduces the use of heating and cooling systems when nobody is home for significant periods of time.
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