So you need a thermostat, but how do you pick one? Here are a few things you should consider before choosing a thermostat for your Hillsborough, North Carolina home:
Evaluate Your Current System And Compatibility
Make sure that the thermostat you choose is compatible with your HVAC system. Here are the three main types of thermostats you can choose from:
- Mechanical thermostats have a dial or slider to adjust the temperature.
- With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the settings to your preferred temperature for the day and night.
- Connected thermostats give you more "zone" controls, as well as internet connectivity for remote access.
Which Kind of Thermostat Do You Need?
A unit such as the Trane XL802 programmable thermostat allows for seven-day programming and up to three stages of heating and two stages of cooling. You can also choose something slightly simpler, such as the Trane XL600, which enables you to set the temperature differently for the week versus the weekend.
For more complex needs and remote access, you want a connected thermostat. For the top of the line, you can consider a home control system such as the Comfort Link II XL1050. It lets you manage hundreds of devices, such as your garage door, lights, locks, and others. This model even lets you optimize humidity and fan speeds. It features a large color touch screen and the ability to program four schedules a day, seven days a week.
Still connected yet slightly simpler is the Comfort Link II XL850, which has wireless connectivity and seven-day programming. It includes monitoring of indoor and outdoor temperatures and energy-efficiency controls. It also alerts you when it’s time to change the filters or when maintenance should be scheduled.
While these suggestions are a good way to get started, our experts can help you target your specific needs. For a free consultation, call A&E Heating & Air Conditioning today at (919) 823-5992.
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