Types of HVAC Thermostats

September 8, 2021 3:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When it comes to temperature control in your home, there’s nothing quite like having a great thermostat. With the term originating from the Greek words “thermos” (hot) and “statos” (standing, stationary), a thermostat is a device that aims to maintain a certain set temperature in an enclosed space.

The advance of smart technology has paved the way for numerous new types of HVAC thermostats, many which offer better control and more efficiency. This article will cover the various types of HVAC thermostats and provide some information on each kind.

Mechanical thermostat

A mechanical thermostat is the cheapest and most basic thermostat you can purchase. If you’ve ever seen a circular gray thermostat on the wall that vaguely resembles a doorknob, that’s a mechanical thermostat. They are easy to use and install, but are prone to large differences between what you set the thermostat to and what the temperature in the room actually is.

Digital non-programmable thermostat

There are two types of digital HVAC thermostats: programmable and non-programmable. A digital non-programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature manually via a backlit digital display.

This offers more precision than the dial used in the mechanical thermostat above, but lacks the ability to set your thermostat for different temperatures when you’re away from your home or sleeping.

Digital programmable thermostat

This type of thermostat is one of the most popular because of the energy efficiency and cost savings it offers. With an easy-to-use programmable digital HVAC thermostat, you can set the temperature of your home to different predetermined temperatures during certain hours of the day.

For example, during the summer you can set your home’s temperature a few degrees higher during the late-night hours, so you’re not using as much energy to cool the air when you’re sleeping. Or, if you work 9 to 5, during the winter you can lower your home’s temperature during those hours so it’s not heating the house when you’re not there.

Wireless thermostat

A wireless thermostat connects to your home’s wi-fi network and allows you to adjust the temperature remotely using your computer or smart phone. It affords the user more control and is a more advanced version of the digital programmable thermostat.

A wireless thermostat also allows for on-the-fly customization. For example, if you get off work early, you can turn on the heat or air conditioning before you leave the office so your home is at a comfortable temperature when you arrive.

Smart thermostat

When it comes to HVAC thermostats, smart thermostats are the cream of the crop. A smart thermostat has the same features of a digital programmable thermostat and wireless thermostat, but it’s even more technologically advanced.

This is because a smart thermostat learns your temperature-changing habits, such as when you leave for work, when you return, what time you go to sleep and when you get up. When you fine-tune your home’s temperature, your smart thermostat notes this and eventually can make the necessary adjustments automatically through its learned processes.

Call for help with your HVAC thermostat today

Now that you know the different types of HVAC thermostats, if you need a new one, give us a call at Cassel Air Conditioning and Heating Service. We’re the industry experts when it comes to HVAC systems, and we’d be glad to recommend and install a thermostat that will keep your home comfortable and allow your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible.

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