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Things To Consider While Buying A Thermostat
Posted by Alanah on May 24 at 10:45 AM

Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat

Before buying a thermostat, there are some things to consider if you want the thermostat to operate with your home heating and cooling systems while providing enough programmability. The first (and these days obvious) thing your thermostat should be capable of is having wireless access so you can control it remotely. Sure, you can do without if you're not very tech savy, but I bet that after reading these wifi thermostat reviews you will know what I mean.

So, with the wireless issue out of the way, let’s take a quick look at the other points.

  • Programmability: A good thermostat should let you program your heating and cooling needs in advance. Different models provide different levels of programmability but the models that let you program for the whole week in advance and set temperature for four different time segments in a day are usually the best.
  • System Compatibility: The thermostat must be compatible with your devices. Depending on your systems, you can go for multiple heating and cooling stage thermostats. For example, if your devices provide 3 heating and 1 cooling mechanism, you need to buy a thermostat with 3 heat and 1 cool function and map each mechanism to one of the functions. There are models in the market that provide up to 4 heat and 3 cool functions.
  • Energy Save: Some of the new thermostats save energy while operating your devices and also let you know which temperature settings are the most energy efficient. Some will even provide you with detailed energy consumption charts so that you can change your settings accordingly.

With these points in mind, buying a thermostat will be very easy. If you choose the right one, a thermostat will make your life very smooth and comfortable.