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Best Thermostat Buying Guide

Which thermostat type is best for your home?

With Florida’s heat and humidity, it’s necessary to have a dependable HVAC system to keep your home comfortable. A suitable thermostat helps you control the system, monitor the temperature throughout your home, and turn your AC on and off to reach your desired temperature.

In the age of modern HVAC technology, homeowners have more options than ever before regarding temperature control. New models of thermostats can help you monitor and automatically adjust your home’s temperature based on your household’s habits.

These new technologies also provide a wide range of thermostats to choose from, so it can be a bit overwhelming for a homeowner to select the one that offers the best features for their home, budget, and current HVAC system.

In this blog, we’ll cover the three major types of thermostats, how they're different, and what to consider when choosing a thermostat to install in your home:

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Basic Thermostats

Install a Honeywell FocusPRO 5000 thermostat for an easy-to-read digital screen.

Basic thermostats are the standard model for many Florida homeowners as they are cost effective and easy to use. They have a large-faced, easy-to-read digital backlit screen and are less clunky than manual thermostats.

This type of thermostat lets you set the temperature you want to maintain in your home, turn the HVAC system fan on and off, and check the temperature from one convenient location.

Programmable Thermostats

Install a Honeywell VisionPRO 8000 thermostat for weeklong-programmability.

Programmable thermostats offer the next level in temperature management and feature customization for your AC system. They allow for more precise control over temperature preferences, and you can set the temperature for any day of the week or time of day.

When you set your home’s temperature based on your daily schedule, you can save money on energy costs while ensuring your home stays comfortable. You won’t need to manually adjust the temperature to avoid wasting energy during peak demand hours or on an empty home. If you have a regular work schedule, a programmable thermostat allows you to automatically increase the temperature at 9am when you leave the house for work and then decrease the temperature before you come home at 5pm every workday. This way, you’ll always be comfortable without worrying about it.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats can send you notifications about your HVAC system needing maintenance or repairs.

Do you love technology and the idea of controlling your home from the palm of your hand? You might want to consider a smart thermostat. Similar to programmable thermostats, they are WiFi-enabled but can also be controlled using a smartphone or other device. They’re also capable of learning from your usage patterns and can automatically adjust temperature settings based on your history. Plus, most smart thermostat models are compatible with voice control systems like Google, Alexa, or Siri.

Smart thermostats with wireless capabilities can help you achieve a whole new level of home automation. When you’re away on vacation or working remotely, you’ll be able to control your home’s temperature from anywhere with WiFi access. And you won't have to worry about accidentally spiking your energy bills if you’re away from home unexpectedly.

However, smart thermostats do not work for all HVAC systems, which should be considered when deciding which thermostat to install. For example, a basic Google Nest thermostat does not work with two-stage heat pump systems. A Climate Design technician can help you find a smart thermostat that will work with your system.

What to Consider When Choosing a Thermostat

There are three major factors to consider when choosing a thermostat.

Three main factors can help you determine the best thermostat type for your home:

Type of thermostat and technological features you want:

Want to keep things simple? Install a basic thermostat for a good, cost-effective option.

Do you like the ability to set your climate control on a schedule and then forget it? A programmable thermostat will work well for you.

Love technology and want to control your home’s devices fully? A smart thermostat is the one for you.

Check your current HVAC system:

Have an HVAC technician check that your desired thermostat type will work well with your current system. They will also check if you need separate thermostats to control multiple systems or units, especially if you want to zone your home.

Design of the thermostat:

There is no need to sacrifice aesthetics for comfort. No matter what type of thermostat you choose, you can choose from several styles, shapes, and sizes. An HVAC technician can help you find a modern and sleek thermostat or a more traditional one to fit your home’s style.

Not sure which thermostat to choose? Contact Climate Design.

Climate Design’s highly experienced technicians can assist you with your thermostat installation every day of the week, from 8am to 8pm. We provide same-day service on all our top-quality thermostat brands and models. Plus, our service vans are always fully stocked so that our technicians can install your desired thermostat within hours.

Give us a call at (727) 592-5040 or book your free thermostat estimate below to experience 5-star service.