Thermostats are a key part of your heating and cooling system. When choosing a thermostat, many things need to be taken into account. There is more to consider other than just the features and how good it looks mounted on the wall. What kind of equipment will be connected to it? Do you have a regular schedule? Are you away often? These are a few things to consider when choosing a thermostat. There are thousands of thermostats that can be put into just a few categories.
These are the tried and true thermostats most of us remember. They offer no bells or whistles and are the most basic. They provide a fixed temperature that is manually adjusted.
Same as the mechanical/manual stat but these stats provide you with a digital readout on an easy to see LCD display.
The most common and makes the most sense for the majority of people. Most of us have a routine that we follow day in and out. You set up your schedule to your preferred temperatures at different intervals of the day. Once programmed you can forget about it and let the stat dictate when to turn on and off.
Smart stats have become very popular over the last few years as the price has become more affordable for consumers. You can program and monitor your heating and cooling system from your computer, smartphone, and tablet.
These thermostats offer the benefit of being programmable but do not require you to program a schedule. They will create their own schedule based on the temperature settings you prefer. They can turn themselves down when you leave and guide you to more energy efficient settings. These are connected to your home Wi-Fi network which can be monitored and managed remotely.