Programmable Thermostats & Smart Thermostats for Louisville Area Homes
Thermostats for the home include a wide variety of options, from straightforward manual models to advanced programmable thermostats and innovative smart thermostat and learning thermostat products. The right kind of thermostat for your family depends on compatibility with the home’s heating and cooling system, the capabilities you need from your thermostat, and if you want to achieve energy savings.
As the controller of heating systems and cooling systems, thermostats play a key role in keeping you comfortable. Depending on the temperatures you have set, the thermostat is in charge of when the home’s furnace, heat pump, or cooling system activates and shuts off, instructing your HVAC systems when heating or cooling should be added to adjust the temperature within your property. The way you change the temperature with the thermostat affects how much you pay in energy costs to operate your HVAC system. A thermostat impacts the service life of home heating and cooling units. With command of system operation, a thermostat programmed to generate energy savings delivers increased control over system use, which greatly prevents the wear and tear damage known for causing malfunctions and total system failure. Having a thermostat preset to run heating and cooling systems heavily causes system elements wear down much faster.
Today’s thermostats, including simple models, are made with innovative technology to deliver accurate temperature control and more reliable home comfort. New thermostats allow Louisville homeowners to spend less and lower heating and cooling bills approximately 20 percent each year. Purchasing a programmable thermostat, smart thermostat, or learning thermostat provides enhanced comfort you can enjoy now and helps save money over the years.
Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling performs thermostat installation for homeowners in the Greater Louisville area. Contact today to request an estimate for new thermostat installation.
Thermostat Options for Louisville Homeowners
There are three kinds of thermostats to choose from when upgrading an older thermostat:
- Manual thermostats
- Programmable thermostats
- Smart thermostats
Manual thermostats provide straightforward control over a home’s heating and cooling. Manual thermostats aren’t able to offer sophisticated temperature management features including the automatic temperature adjustment, connectivity with humidity sensors, or other abilities seen on various programmable thermostats, smart thermostats, and learning thermostats.
Your average manual thermostat has a switch that moves between heat, AC, and off settings. Manual thermostats are sometimes still found in homes, particularly older ones – you may even find one of the classic dial style! They’re affordable with basic controls, but do not offer the automation that produces increased energy savings, which you find on programmable thermostats or the new smart thermostat or learning thermostat models. You can use a manual thermostat to save energy, but you are the one who has to reset temperatures throughout the day – most homeowners find a programmable thermostat upgrade to be well worth the money for the convenience of automated temperature changes.
Programmable thermostats include various capabilities including the power to automatically change the temperature based on programmed settings. This is a primary driver of energy savings. Different varieties of programmable thermostats have unique schedules that control temperature changes during the week, which typically allow four adjustments in a day.
- A 1-week programmable thermostat lets users program one group of temperature adjustments and applies them on a daily basis during the week. A 1-week model has the most conservative scheduling, running the same pattern on a daily basis. This thermostat is ideal in homes with steady activities daily.
- A 5-2 programmable thermostat enables one schedule over five weekdays and an additional schedule used for the two days of the weekend. Homes with a steady weekly routine and similar weekend days choose this unit.
- A 5-1-1 programmable thermostat has a single schedule for the five days of the week and unique schedules for both Saturday and Sunday. Many individuals enjoy the option to customize weekend schedules since their activities differ between the two days
- A 7-day programmable thermostat lets homeowners specify a unique temperature schedule every single day during the week. If plans differ from one day to the next, this model is likely the ideal option for your family.
Many programmable thermostat products offer functions to manage the home’s temperature, humidification, dehumidification, ventilation, and air filtration using the thermostat interface. Other versions add maintenance reminders to the screen, so you know whenever filters, UV bulbs, and humidifier pads require service or replacing. Nevertheless, simpler thermostats that do not come with all these bells and whistles are available.
Programmable thermostats are easy to use and practical for the hectic routines of today’s homeowner. These thermostats give homeowners programmed control to change the temperature without manual adjustment. If programmed with efficient settings in mind, they produce up to 33% on total heating and cooling bills.
Smart Thermostats and Learning Thermostats
A smart thermostat, also sometimes called a learning thermostat, is designed to work with your furnace and cooling system to deliver the ultimate in effortless comfort control. Smart thermostats take the reins and control temperature settings, as they eventually discover your preferred settings and daily habits. They implement energy efficient settings that provide increased energy conservation without any compromise as to a comfortable indoor environment. Geofencing features detect when you’re arriving home so temperatures can be increased and conditions comfortable upon your return. Wi-Fi network connectivity and smartphone app allow access to the thermostat even when you’re away from home..
ENERGY STAR rated smart thermostats and nest learning thermostats increase the potential to conserve energy. Select products link to local utility services that give bonuses for buying and operating energy saving equipment in your home.
When to Buy a New a Thermostat
Home thermostats need to be replaced periodically. As they age, precision declines, damage occurs, and old technology becomes obsolete in the face of today’s innovations. If any of the following situations applies, it’s time to replace your thermostat.
- Old thermostats aren’t as accurate at detecting temperatures. They often shut down heating and cooling before the living areas receive adequate conditioned air. Inaccurate temperature readings force the HVAC system to waste energy.
- Thermostats must be mounted in proper locations, or they are not accurate and can sustain damage. If your thermostat is placed in the path of direct sunlight or near a window or door with a draft, it must be moved by an HVAC technician, or changed out to a new model.
- In the event the thermostat is damaged, it should always be upgraded. Thermostats are susceptible to extreme temperatures, smoke exposure, high humidity, and various harsh environments, so change the thermostat if there was a fire, flooding, or moisture problems in the home. Bug problems could even harm thermostats, particularly the electrical wiring concealed by the drywall.
- When you purchase and install an upgraded heating and cooling unit, it is undoubtedly time for a new thermostat. Upgrading the thermostat when you replace the heating and cooling system guarantees the the new HVAC system has matched controls for efficient operation. New HVAC systems often need a thermostat that offers functions not present on your current model. Check with your technician for guidance as you pick a new thermostat appropriate for the needs of your new heating and cooling systems.
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