It is easy to view your thermostat as simply the device that turns your heat or air conditioning on and off. For all intents and purposes, that’s their primary function, but modern thermostats offer a world of additional features. This makes thermostat selection a key part of your overall home-comfort strategy.
Some estimates put the home heating and air conditioning costs at half of total home expenses, so it makes sense to do a little research before making you thermostat selection. Equipped with state-of-the-art “smart” features, the right thermostat can help reduce rising energy costs by making your HVAC system function more efficiently and extending the life of your expensive equipment. It can also make your home environment more comfortable and enjoyable.
Advances in technology have allowed thermostats to evolve from the simple on/off switch of your parents into sophisticated climate-control devices that can even be operated from miles away. Innovative user-friendly operation makes programming easy, and state-of-the-art components maintain consistent temperatures.
When you’re ready to make your new thermostat selection, here are some features to look for:
- Simple, easy to understand programming
- Multiple programming modes (daily, weekly, monthly, etc)
- Menu-driven scheduling
- System monitoring to make adjustments as needed
- Dealer/installer contact information display
- Advance warning for potential problems
- System status display
- Easy-to read-screens
- Built-in HELP feature
- Maintenance reminders
- Manufacturer warranty
When you’re ready to make your thermostat selection, contact Ernst Heating & Cooling for expert advice. In the Metro-East area, we’ve been providing innovative solutions for our customers’ home comfort needs for over half a century.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about thermostat selection and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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