Comfort Control: Most Common Types of Thermostats and How to Choose

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Comfort Control: Most Common Types of Thermostats and How to Choose

Are you on the market for a new thermostat?

If so, it’s crucial that you do proper research before buying. Purchasing a thermostat might seem straightforward, but there are actually many different types of thermostats out there.

So what’s the difference between them all and how do you know which type of thermostat is for you? Keep reading to find out.

The Most Common Types of Thermostats

The different types of thermostats on the market are just that, very different. While it might seem like they all do the same thing, some have several pros and cons you should consider before purchasing.

What kind of thermostat do you need? First, let’s break down the two major types of thermostats.

Low Voltage Thermostat

These types of thermostats are used with systems that run on a boiler, heat pump or furnace. This type usually uses less electricity.

Line Voltage Thermostat

Unlike low voltage thermostats, line voltage thermostats use significantly more electricity. This type of thermostat is found with electric powered heaters like convection, resistance or radiant.

These are the only two types of thermostats out there,¬†as every other category of thermostat will be either a low voltage or line voltage. So it’s critical that you know which one is compatible with your system.

Once you’ve figured out what type of system your thermostat runs on, you can choose other features, such as a smart thermostat, programmable thermostat or non-programmable thermostat.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are updated, high-tech versions of programmable thermostats, meaning that you can control the heating in your home. Before you purchase, you’ll need to confirm that your system is compatible with a smart thermostat.

Smart thermostats are one of the most popular types of thermostats for a good reason, and they make your life a lot easier. They can even save you money!

Smart thermostats are available from popular companies like Nest. They allow you to control the temperature in your home remotely, and will even learn your energy habits. You can have the system cool down at night and turn the heat on automatically in the morning, or whatever your daily routine requires.

Mechanical/Non-Programmable Thermostats

This type of thermostat is often referred to as “old fashioned” because it’s not programmable and doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles that smart thermostats do.

Mechanical thermostats are controlled by metal bars that either heat up or cool down. Because of this, it’s not easy to regulate the temperature in your home.

However, one of the plus sides is that they are the most affordable type of thermostat on the market. If you’re on a budget, this is the type of thermostat for you.

They’re also easy to install since they require no programming. A smart thermostat will likely require the help of a professional, which will¬†involve an additional cost.

Learn More About Your HVAC System

Before you start to replace the thermostat in your home, it’s best to seek professional advice on which of these types of thermostats is best for you.

Contact Taurus Mechanical today for a consultation. One of our expert HVAC technicians will be able to help you make the best decision for your home, lifestyle, and budget.

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