April 9, 2020 Uncategorized

Your HVAC system’s thermostat plays an important role in your indoor comfort. When you program it, the thermostat triggers, controls, and monitors the climate management process in your home. It makes sure your family is comfortable indoors.

Technological advancements have enabled manufacturers to make thermostats more useful as ever. Today, their function is no longer limited to just adjusting the temperature in your home — they can do a lot more, including helping you save on your energy expenses.

Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning is your all-around HVAC company in Chanhassen MN. We offer a complete line of home comfort systems and devices, including programmable thermostats.

Manual vs. Programmable Thermostats

To help you spot the difference between these two types of thermostats, here’s a quick comparison:

Manual thermostats use a bi-metal strip or a coil that is connected to the thermometer. When the temperature goes up, the metal expands; when the temperature goes down, the metal contracts. Typically, the contacts are linked to a mercury bulb. On one side, the heater connections are waiting for the mercury. When the temperature decreases, the bi-metal causes the bulb to tilt towards the heating contacts, causing the heating system to turn on. The reverse tilt will cause the cooling system to get going.

Contrarily, programmable thermostats do not use mercury bulbs. They are provided with a tiny part called “thermistor”, which measures the temperature from the sensor. Then, the computer chip reads and estimates the temperature.

A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperatures for varying times of the day, as well as different days of the week. It lets you set your HVAC system to only produce cooled or heated air only when you need it.

It offers multiple settings for different times of the day, enabling you to keep your home comfortable. You can set the thermostat in advance to turn on the air conditioning or heating an hour before you wake up and change the temperature settings during different times of the day, based on the outside climate.

Benefits of Programmable Thermostats

Energy Savings

One of the advantages of a programmable thermostat is that it helps increase your HVAC system’s efficiency. It lets you set the temperature in advance, so the system doesn’t have to run at your desired settings while you’re away.

A programmable thermostat knows your preferred temperature settings and independently delivers the necessary temperature changes within your home. This allows you to save money as the thermostat automatically turns the temperature up or down.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a programmable thermostat can help you save around 10 to 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills.

Accurate Temperature Settings

If you want specific temperature settings, a programmable is more than capable to achieve this goal for you. It gives you the ability to manage the temperature as accurately as possible. It uses digital technology to ensure temperatures are set in the most accurate ways.

Minimized Equipment Wear and Tear

Normally, HVAC components have a life span of 15 years or so. As your unit ages, it will begin to show signs of decline. An increasing monthly utility bill with no comparable increase in HVAC use is a sign of a deteriorating system. In addition, poor indoor air quality and difficulty reaching your desired temperature in certain areas of your home can be caused by a suffering HVAC system.

Using a programmable thermostat can help minimize the stress on your old HVAC system, which improves its performance and efficiency. You can increase your old HVAC system’s lifespan by carefully programming it and minimizing the amount of time it unnecessarily runs. Should you decide to upgrade to a new system, you shouldn’t have any issues pairing it with your programmable thermostat.

However, be sure to ask a professional for compatibility with your old HVAC system. You don’t want to spend money on a programmable thermostat only to find out it won’t work with your existing unit!

Ask Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning

It is our goal to provide you with every home comfort solution you might need. For this reason, we partnered with some of the leading names in the HVAC industry, including programmable thermostat manufacturers. For more information, visit our store or give us a call. We are your leading Eden Prairie heating and air conditioning company.