Types of Thermostats
You hear a lot about programmable thermostats, and that is because they can do so much more for you while reducing your energy use. However, there are a number of other types of thermostats for you to select from. If you prefer a basic thermostat without all of the features available in programmable thermostats, there is one sure to suit your needs. The following provides an overview of the different types of thermostats. Once you choose one right for your home, contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for questions and/or installation. We will be glad to provide the heating and air conditioning services you require. First up let's look at the original mechanical thermostat.
Mechanical thermostats are not programmable, and number of them use mercury bulb contact. Mercury is highly toxic and requires special care in its handling, care similar to the old mercury thermometers used in the health care field before digital thermometers were available. Other mechanical thermometers use a calibrated magnetic strip and a metal spring. Many of this type can be calibrated, although it requires an experienced HVAC technician to do so. Mechanical thermostats are no longer in high demand, but are available in a wide variety.
Digital Non-Programmable Thermostats
The non-programmable digital thermostat is simple to use without all the technology of programmable thermostats. They are available with an LED display and are easier for those with vision problems to see. They display the room temperature and set temperature. In addition, many offer a push button light for night viewing. They also provide a temperature up and down button and a on and off switch with the ability to run the fan only if you choose. They typically are accurate and effective without the fuss of the programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats models vary widely in the features they provide. They can provide you with the basics, such as programming a temperature for morning and evening, others offers a wide range of features and functions. Some are difficult to program while others have the ability to prompt you through programming. Programmable thermostats are an increasingly popular choice for saving energy in the homes top energy consumer – the heating and air conditioning system.
Wireless thermostats allow you to access the heating and air conditioning system when you are away from home. The wireless feature enables you to save even more money. For example, if you work late, the wireless feature enables you to access the HVAC system through your smart phone or tablet, and change the scheduled time for a change in temperature.
Touchscreen Thermostats and Wireless Remote
The touchscreen thermostat eliminates the need for buttons and provides a clean sleek thermostat. In addition, it provides the features of the model at your fingertips. While you have the option to select older technology for a thermostat, the programmable with touch screen technology is increasingly popular for its ability to save energy and money. If you have ever forgotten to adjust a thermostat before leaving home or going to bed, you can appreciate the ability to program the thermostat according to your schedule. Consequently, the programmable thermostat saves energy while you are away. The average U.S. home can save up to 20% on the cost of energy with the installation of a programmable thermostat.
Furthermore, if family members arrive home early, with wireless remote you can change the settings without ever leaving work – or the thermostat can be changed by the arriving family member at home. Some wireless thermostats can send you a message that the temperature has been changed, alerting you to the action. Wireless thermostats are the new generation of convenience, and in addition to remote access, some models can be integrated with security systems, control lights and offer other features for more than just the heating and air conditioning system.
In addition to the features previously mentioned, other favorites include alerts to change the air filter or call your HVAC technician for service, and even when repair of the heating and air conditioning system is required.
Eventually, any thermostat will require replacement. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can provide thermostat repair, replacement, installation and a wide range of other heating and air conditioning services. In addition, our NATE certified technicians offer the highest standards of service and emergency HVAC service 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week for your convenience.
Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for additional information regarding thermostats or to schedule professional HVAC services. Our technicians will provide the industry expertise you can rely on for your home or business heating and air conditioning system. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.