When you’re sitting in your living room feeling too hot, you will agree with me that your home can be an unbearable place in the summer heat if your air conditioning fails, even for a few minutes. This is why heating and cooling systems such as heat pumps, furnaces, boilers, and air conditioners exist. They are comfort producing, high tech mechanical equipment that any wise homeowner should always maintain properly. Thanks to technological advancements of recent years, HVAC systems have become much easier to operate and use, especially the newer models that come with programmable thermostats and remote control features. As a matter of fact, you can control today’s heating and cooling systems using smart options such as Wi-Fi, a Smartphone app, or a web portal and you’re good to go. But let’s go back a little and look at the thermostat’s significance in heating and cooling systems.
How Thermostats Work
When used to control air conditioning systems, the thermostat allows you to control indoor temperature and set it to your required preferences using bimetallic strips or otherwise. You can also program when the system will shut down and when it will turn back on based on time or temperature conditions. Modern heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems may have more than one thermostat strategically placed so that you can control temperature settings for individual rooms or spaces that need heating and air conditioning. Modern thermostats are not only automated, most of them provide a digital display that makes it easy to read and interpret data about your indoor environment. They are equipped with sensors that detect changes in the indoor environment such as heat and humidity, thereby controlling heating and air conditioning systems appropriately based on the weather or conditions inside the home at any specific time.
Benefits of Programmable Thermostats in Air Conditioning Systems
One of the main benefits of programmable thermostats is that they allow homeowners to make energy savings from their heating and cooling. The energy star program indicates that homeowners can save up to $180 annually by simply maintaining proper settings on their programmable thermostat. They also provide a high level of convenience, especially the Wi-Fi-enabled versions and those you can control from the comfort of your smartphones or mobile device. In summary, there are many benefits worth mentioning about these extremely handy devices.
The Cost of Programmable Thermostats
There are many different types of programmable thermostats based mainly on features, brand, and the settings it can allow. On average, you can get a programmable thermostat for your heating or cooling system from as low as $20 to as much as $250 or more. The most common types of programmable thermostats based on settings include the 7-day models (provide up to 4 settings per day), the 5+2 weekday and weekend models, as well as the weekday, Saturday, and Sunday models.
Other Incredible Features
Some of the most common features in today’s thermostats include backlit digital touch screens, touch pads, voice programming, humidity control phone programming, and indicators that can remind you of tasks such as filter replacement. A good number of programmable thermostats are being produced and sold as part of home connectivity and security systems. With such a thermostat, you can turn your air conditioning or heating system on or off remotely after leaving your home.
They’re quick and easy to adjust temperatures with. They also provide consistency in heating and air conditioning systems, thus increasing its energy efficiency further. In conclusion, thermostats have a wide of applications. With the above-mentioned pointers, there is no valid reason why you shouldn’t equip your home with a programmable thermostat for your air conditioning system.