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Thermostats not only play an important role in heating and air conditioning systems, they also play an important role in your energy bill as well. Not only do thermostats turn your HVAC equipment on and off, they also control how frequently it happens. This basic feature of all thermostats is what makes the difference in running your heating and air system to the best of its ability or inefficiently.
Three Types of Thermostats:
Smart thermostats can be used with home automation and phone apps. Smart thermostats have the ability to learn your schedule from your behavior. It can detect while you’re on your way home, and then prepares your home to your desired temperature. Because smart thermostats can adapt to your schedule and lifestyle, it acts automatically to provide comfort when you’re at home. It can also turn off your heating or air conditioning system automatically when you leave the house. They perform similar functions as a digital/programmable thermostats as they allow the user to control the temperature of their home throughout the day using a schedule, but also contain additional features, such as sensors and WiFi connectivity,
Digital thermostats have internal components capable of providing an accurate, responsive reaction to room temperature. The electronic sensors read the current interior temperature and can fine-tune the heating accordingly, keeping the room within a single degree of the target setting. Digital thermostats use a simple device called a thermistor to measure temperature. This is a resistor which allows electrical resistance changes with temperature. The microcontroller in a digital thermostat can measure the resistance and convert that number to an actual temperature reading.
Mechanical thermostats controls the temperature with the use of two bits of metal. These are laminated together in the thermostat’s sensor in a bimetallic strip. As the different types of metals expand and contract with temperature changes, an electric circuit connected to your heating system is switched on and off. What’s important to note about a bimetal thermostat is that the temperature can vary as much as five degrees from the target set point.
Digital thermostats are now the most common types of thermostats retrofitted or installed into newer homes. Digital thermostats utilize push buttons or touch screens and can be programmed for turning heat and air conditioning equipment on and off at certain times of the day. Digital thermostats are a great choice for anyone who wants programmable features that lower power usage when it's not needed and basic features like On/Off switches, Fan On/Auto switches, and Heat/Cool/Off switches.
Smart thermostats will give you more control of your heating schedules, especially if you prefer to separate schedules for different days of the week. Not only will you save money by heating your home more intelligently, but you can will also be able to keep track of your energy use using the thermostat app.Some smart thermostats have a variety of self-learning and intelligent features, which can include the use of local weather forecast reports or learning from your day-to-day routine to change your heating settings. Making the choice between smart thermostats can be completely up to your own opinion and your desired features.
The most common factor in deciding between thermostats with smart capability and without is the ability to use your phone to control home comfort. If you're prone to using apps on your phone, a smart thermostat is the way to go. If you're not looking for app capable thermostats, digital/programmable thermostats still give you the ability to save money and program heating and cooling temperatures to your liking.
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