New Controllers Dial-Up Comfort and Savings
The key to even the most sophisticated home heating and air conditioning is sitting right there on your wall. Thermostats have come a long way since the days of twisting a dial and hoping to land on the right temperature. Now, sophisticated thermostats are available that can easily manage comfort levels, energy use, and costs – and allow you to go about your winter days (and nights) without worrying about home comfort issues, at all.
But there are so many options out there! Let’s look at some of the most common and most innovative thermostat options out there.
Many older homes still have the dial thermostat that requires you to manually change the temperature setting. For some people this means fiddling twice a day to cool down and warm up your home. Not only are dial thermostats more of a hassle for the homeowner, they aren’t nearly as accurate as a digital thermostat, so you have less control over the actual temperature in your Minnesota home.
Programmable Digital Thermostat
A common replacement for the old-fashioned dial is the programmable thermostat, which can be set to automatically change the temperature in your home, based on your family’s needs and schedule. Keeping the temperature static, or changing it after you start to feel uncomfortable, can waste a lot of energy, so programmable thermostats usually pay for themselves. They can be set to turn down the temperature at night-time and when everyone is away, but then raise the temperature so that it’s warm and comfy when you return from work or school. Programmable thermostats come in many levels – from the sleek and simple to the super deluxe models that can control temperature, humidity, air quality, fan speed, ventilation, and even detect when your air filter needs replacing. Newer models often include a built-in humidistat to control a humidifier or dehumidifier, and a built-in ventilator control (with on/off/adjustable timing). Some digital thermostats even display the outdoor temperature on the screen with the addition of an optional outdoor sensor.
This newer kind of “smart” thermostat learns your schedule, programs itself, and can be controlled from your phone. Teach it efficient temperatures for a few days (by manually turning the temps up and down to your liking) and, within a week, it'll start setting them on its own. The Nest and other smart thermostats learn what temperatures you like and build a personalized schedule for you – no complicated programming issues ever.
Carrier is preparing to introduce the next advance in thermostats, when it comes out with the new Carrier Côr Thermostat. It’s a Wi-Fi connected thermostat that can be accessed by an app on a mobile device, with a PC through a website, and at the thermostat itself. Reports can be generated to show system operation, energy usage and savings. Also, if the homeowner provides basic information about their home (square footage and age) they can see energy consumption comparisons with similar homes in their immediate area. The Carrier Côr Thermostat will also show local weather conditions on the screen, with an icon to push to display the local forecast.
We’ll have more on the new Carrier Côr Thermostat in the coming months.
Regardless of your budget, there is most definitely a quality thermostat that’ll work for you and your furnace. Consult your local qualified HVAC dealer to determine the right thermostat for your home and be more comfortable, all while saving time and money!
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