At Aire Serv®, we believe you should feel comfortable in your own skin and your own home. One of the most important aspects of maintaining that sense of comfort is achieving an ideal temperature indoors—all it takes is just one degree to throw off your whole system!
Maintaining your home’s ideal temperature begins with a quality, properly installed thermostat.
Whether you live in the heat of the Arizona desert or on top of the coldest mountain in Montana, you should be able to enjoy comfortable, even temperatures in your home—and that’s exactly what Aire Serv heating and cooling experts can help you achieve.
Thermostat selection plays a big role in the function of your home’s HVAC systems. Homeowners have many options to choose from when selecting a thermostat—from traditional to programmable, smart thermostats and more. To begin the selection process, homeowners should identify what type of HVAC system they have. Based on mode of operation, two types of thermostats exist:
Line voltage thermostats: used to regulate systems that use electricity to heat homes: baseboard heating, for example.
Low voltage thermostats: used to regulate systems that rely on central furnaces, boilers, or heat pumps.
Once you’ve identified what type of heating system you have, and therefore what type of thermostat you need, select a thermostat with the functionality that will work best for your family.
Modern thermostats come in three major types:
Manual thermostats are the most basic on the market. They are not programmable or Wi-Fi enabled. They are the least expensive type of thermostat and are a reliable choice for homeowners who wish to manually adjust the temperature of their home.
Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to pre-schedule adjustments in temperature throughout the day—for example, reducing the temperature at night when occupants are sleeping, or during the day when they’re at work. Programming is manual. The number of changes that can be programmed throughout the day or week depends on the make and model of the thermostat.
Smart thermostats are the newest and most innovative type of thermostat available to homeowners. They’re called “smart” because they adapt to the needs of your home—adjusting the temperature when they sense activity or a lack thereof. Many models are Wi-Fi enabled and can be adjusted using a smartphone app. Some are even voice-control enabled.
Thermostat installation instructions will vary slightly by the make and model of the new thermostat. In general, thermostat replacement and thermostat installation will require some general tools and a basic knowledge of carpentry.
Follow these instructions (in conjunction with any manufacturer-specific instructions) to install your new thermostat:
Replacing your existing thermostat with a new programmable or smart thermostat may seem like an unnecessary investment, but before writing it off, take into consideration the potential for valuable energy savings.
Replacing your old-fashioned manual thermostat means you’ll be able to control how much your HVAC systems run, keeping your house at an even temperature while you’re home, and turning your heater or AC off or down while you’re asleep or away.
Need help choosing or installing the right thermostat for your home?
Our HVAC experts understand the importance of selecting a thermostat that meets your family’s needs. Your local Aire Serv technician can help you understand all your options and professionally install your new thermostat, and even help you program it for optimal efficiency and comfort.
Schedule an appointment online or contact the Aire Serv location nearest you for thermostat replacement and thermostat installation you can count on.
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