Guide to Buying the Right Thermostat Having a thermostat in your home is important to save your energy bills. There are various factors to consider when looking for a thermostat. For example, you may want to check the brand, features and style of the device. However, these are not the most important factors to consider. To determine the right thermostat to buy, consider the four factors below: Features of Your Current Thermostat Before starting to shop for a thermostat, there are a number of terms you should know. “Single”, “two stage” and “three stage” are the most important terms to know. You can know the output of a furnace based on the term it’s associated with. The efficiency and smooth operation of a unit depend with these stages.
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The multiple stages will function for only one device or unit in your home. However, there are some advanced thermostats that can have multiple stages.
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Will You Be Programming the Device Think of what custom settings you may need a thermostat to have. To do this, evaluate your current living situation. For example, do you spend most of your weekends away? Thermostats can work well without being programmed at all. Operating the thermostat only require you to press a device to regulate the temperature to your preferences. If you are comfortable of waiting for some time before your ideal temperature is reached, you can buy this kind of thermostat. You can also go for programmable thermostats that you can configured to work according to your schedule. For example, depending on what you prefer, the thermostat can maintain different temperatures over specific weeks. You may also be able to configure the thermostat to maintain different temperatures over specific hours. If you are particular about programming, you should go for a thermostat that can ‘memorize’ your schedule. How Much Energy Will You Save? Before purchasing a thermostat, find out whether it is designed to save energy. After installing a thermostat, your energy bills should start going down. You can save money by using a programmable model that can learn your schedule. Some thermostats can even produce reports showing how much energy you have used over a certain period. Can You Control the Thermostat Remotely? You should get a thermostat can be remotely accessed if you would like to have control of your home HVAC when you are still in the office. However, keep in mind that you will need a Wi-Fi connection when first installing the thermostat. You can save money in different ways when you install a thermostat that can be accessed through Wi-Fi. For example, if you will be late going home, you can switch off the thermostate remotely.