Temperature control keeps you cozy during the cold winters and cool on those sweltering summer days.
A good thermostat will maintain a comfortable environment in your home and help you save money on your electricity bill.
You need to select a thermostat that works with your current heating or cooling system which provides the right features for your needs.
Selecting the right thermostat can seem like a technically daunting task, so today, we’ll help ease you through the process.
Overview of manual and programmable thermostats:
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Manual thermostats, also known as mechanical or non-programmable, require manual operations to switch on and off, and control the temperature.
There are two types of manual thermostats:
Programmable thermostats are a more advanced version that automatically regulate your home’s temperature according to your input settings. If it’s a smart version, it uses artificial machine learning data to determine your temperature needs.
For instance, you can set it to consume less energy when you are out of the house or sleeping at night. The system will readjust when you need it to.
Both have pros and cons, and there’s no right or wrong choice. However, there are some important considerations to make, including:
Your home’s HVAC system is either a millivolt (very low voltage), low voltage, or line (high voltage) system. Before you select a particular thermostat, refer to your system’s manual.
Most thermostats are compatible with 24V, so a low voltage thermostat should be the right pick unless you have a floor heater or an electric baseboard system.
Note: Floor heaters and electric baseboard HVAC systems use high voltage systems; you will need a high-capacity electronic thermostat.
Older HVAC models typically have very high voltages and need thermostats compatible with over 110V.
When you buy a new thermostat, ensure your chosen thermostat is more or less the same size as the old one, so it fits into the same space. This is so you don’t have to worry about rewiring.
In addition, if you choose a completely different shape, you will have to remove the wall anchors that hold the thermostat, and patch the holes so your room doesn’t become an eyesore.
Expert tip: As a rule of thumb, whether you choose a manual or programmable thermostat, ensure that you put your thermostat:
HVAC systems are categorized in stages determined by the way the compressor works.
The type of thermostat you need depends on the stages of your HVAC. For instance, you need a one-stage thermostat for a one-stage HVAC system. You can’t use a one-stage thermostat on a variable system.
To check which one your system is, you can:
Programmable and smart thermostats typically require a constant energy source. So, they need to be connected to the C-wire, otherwise, you have to replace batteries constantly.
The C-wire connection provides a path for the electricity to flow uninterrupted by on and off switches to ensure that the thermostat is always connected.
You will need to check if your system has a C-wire connection. To do this, remove the current thermometer from the wall to expose the wires and see if one is labeled C. You can also check on the HVAC control board to see if you can find one with the C label.
If you see extra wires or the labels are unclear, it’s best to consult a licensed electrician or HVAC technician.
If you don’t have a C-wire, you may need to get a manual thermostat, or install the wire before you get the programmable one.
Once you have ascertained the right choice of thermostat for your HVAC system, turn to Industrial Stores.
We are a reputable supplier of quality tried and tested brands, such as Honeywell, Bard, Robertshaw, Ecobee, Siemens, Johnson Controls, and many others.
Browse our room thermostat catalog and pick out one that matches your home’s HVAC system parameters.
If you’re still unsure which one to get, contact our customer service team, where you can talk to an actual human to get the help you need. No, we won’t reroute your call to a call center halfway across the globe, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.