How to Choose the Best Thermostat For Your Home
In the market for a new thermostat? There are a few things you should keep in mind while shopping around.
If you are in the market for a new thermostat, there are a few things you should keep in mind while shopping around. There are new technologies out there that can make your thermostat smarter and save you money in the long run. Before you buy, you must decide on your home's needs so you can make an informed decision. Here is what to consider when purchasing a new thermostat for your home.
Smart Thermostat vs. Conventional Thermostat
These days, buying a thermostat comes down to two main camps. The smart thermostats that can be run from an app in your phone, and the more conventional thermostats that have programmable features you can use to set a schedule from. Here’s how to choose a thermostat that will work for you when it comes down to your needs.
If you need the following, you should consider a Smart Thermostat such as the Ecobee or the Nest:
• Control remotely.
• Control temperature in various parts of your home.
• Track your preferences and use the data to set your optimal temperatures in the future.
• Finely control your HVAC system, all in one place.
These thermostats can also be relatively expensive, although the prices are starting to come down a bit and they may not work with your existing HVAC system.
Programmable thermostats will offer you the following, and are great for people on a set schedule:
• Set a schedule to turn on and off at a specific time each day.
• Weekday and weekend scheduling.
• Set different temperatures for various times of the day.
These thermostats do lack some flexibility and remoteness that newer, smart thermostats have, but, they make up for that in the cost as they can be relatively inexpensive and are easy to install and program.
Before purchasing a new thermostat, open up your existing one and take a look at the wiring. If you have a programmable thermostat installed now, it is safe to assume you will have no issues replacing this with a similar model. Smart thermostats will require a C-wire to ensure they can be connected to wifi, if this is not something you already have installed, you'll need to have this added, which can be an added cost, so it's best to consult an experienced electrician for a quote.
While shopping around for your new thermostat, consider your needs. If you like the idea of being able to remotely control your temperatures from the inside (or outside) of your home, you might be more inclined to go with one of the new smart models. If you are on more of a schedule and don't mind setting and forgetting about your temperature choices, then a traditional programmable model may be just right for you.
Before buying, take a look at your existing wiring to be sure your model can be installed easily. If you are missing the proper lines, then consult an electrician to have a C-Wire installed so your new unit will work properly. Whether you choose traditional ones or one of the new smart thermostats, by lowering your temperature when you are not at home, you can save money on your energy bills and do your part for the environment.