There are many thermostat options to keep your home temperature comfortable and energy-efficient. Depending on the age and updates made to your home, you will have one of the following three types of thermostats: manual, programmable, or smart/Wi-Fi. The following article will unpack the benefits of each to help you make the best choice of thermostat for your home.
Manual thermostats are the most simplistic model. Their simplicity is great for homeowners who are not digitally savvy and prefer to adjust their home’s temperature settings manually. The manual thermostat has limited energy savings.
The responsibility is on the user to adjust settings when the home will be vacant or to coincide with exterior temperature swings. To simply get the job done, the manual thermostat is your go-to and is the most affordable thermostat model.
The programmable thermostat offers energy savings to homeowners. Compared to manual thermostats, programmable thermostats can save as much as 33% on heating costs and up to 25% on cooling costs. While the programmable thermostat costs more out-of-pocket than a manual thermostat, the savings on your utility bill makes up the difference.
These thermostats can be tailor programmed with settings to maximize the efficiency of your home. The programming feature allows better usage of your heating and cooling system in relation to your family’s routine and schedule. Depending on the thermostat, you can choose automatic setting adjustments for hours throughout the day, days of the week, or schedules for weekdays and weekends.
The newest version of home thermostats is the smart thermostat, also known as the Wi-Fi thermostat. These models offer the highest level of energy efficiency.
Wi-Fi thermostats work by using learning data about your home temperature preferences to optimize settings. This learning data includes information regarding usage by hours of the day, days of the week, setting in comparison to the outside temperature, and preferred temperatures. Smart thermostats learn your family’s preferences and adjust settings to your likeness. Homeowners love the convenience of being able to control the home temperature from any device, whether they are at home or not.
Smart Thermostat Rebate
Install a qualifying smart thermostat and Dominion Energy Virginia customers can receive a one-time rebate up to $30.
Know Your Wiring
Before you take the plunge on installing a new thermostat, note that not every thermostat is compatible with all home wiring and heating and cooling systems. There are several variables to identify regarding your home’s HVAC system and current-voltage line first. These variables will determine if a thermostat is compatible with your home’s settings. Don’t stress over knowing the answers to these questions – our team can help.