Your thermostat is the control center of your home’s heating and cooling systems. It’s role is to help you control energy usage while keeping your home comfortable. A properly used programmable thermostat can help save up to 10% in annual heating and cooling costs. The HVAC experts at TopNotch Heating & Air are here to help Pittsburgh-area property owners pick the right thermostat for their heating and cooling systems. A thermostat that provides them with optimal temperature control while also helping them save money.
Replacing Outdated Mechanical or Analog Thermostats
The Greater Pittsburgh region is full of old homes and sometimes outdated HVAC systems. Not surprisingly, in addition to an older less energy efficient furnace, many homes in the area are still controlling their heat with old mechanical or analog thermostats.
These older small square or round box thermostats are often difficult to read and there’s no programmable temperature control for when you’re not home. If an analog thermostat is set at 71 degrees when you go to bed, it stays at 71 degrees even when you leave for work and your home is empty. Understandably considerable energy is wasted.
Newer thermostats are user friendly and make use of new technology to help you better manage your energy usage and in-home comfort. The decision to replace an outdated mechanical or analog thermostat is a no-brainer. It’s pointless to install a new energy-efficient furnace or top-of-the-line air conditioner if you have an outdated thermostat that isn’t properly regulating temperature.
But the question now is what thermostat style and brand will give you and your family the most optimum year-round comfort while also helping you lower your energy bill? This is where the professionals at TopNotch Heating & Air come in for the assist. We will find you a new thermostat with superior temperature control and energy-savings potential. We generally recommend any of the following thermostat types:
Programmable and Non-Programmable Digital Thermostats – Digital thermostats are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. They feature a LCD backlit display screen with either push-button or touchscreen controls.
Programmable digital thermostats allow you to set your HVAC system to a temperature schedule from a wall-mounted digital thermostat unit. You can program your thermostat to your preferred temperature for different times throughout the day or night. The thermostat will automatically adjust to the pre-set temperature at the time indicated. Learn how programmable thermostats help homeowners save energy, money, and fight global warming. All without sacrificing comfort.
A manual or non-programmable digital thermostat functions similar to the older mechanical thermostats. It’s affordable but offers nothing in the way of memory for programmed temperature control. All temperature adjustments must be done manually.
Wireless Thermostats – Wireless thermostats provide the ultimate HVAC control solution. These thermostats allow you to easily integrate multiple panels for temperature control in individual rooms throughout your home. For example, you can have a panel near your bed to adjust the temperature throughout the night.
Wireless thermostats are also ideal for rooms in your home – like a baby’s room – that need to maintain a consistent temperature. They’re also perfect for rooms with temperature fluctuations throughout the day due to sun exposure or large windows. Wireless remote controls can be used to adjust the temperature in your second floor bedroom when you’re downstairs on the living room couch watching the 11:00 news. This kind of “zone control” lets every member of the household control their individual comfort level while also reducing your HVAC system’s workload and energy usage.
Mobile Connected Thermostats – We live in an increasingly mobile world where every device is suddenly “smart.” It should come as no surprise that there are smart thermostats with Wi-Fi connectivity that allow you to program or remotely control your home’s temperature via a computer or smartphone. Wi-Fi thermostats are great for those that work or travel a lot and need a means to control temperature settings remotely.
Learning Thermostats – As the name implies, learning thermostats essentially learn your habits and temperature settings from a few weeks of manual temperature adjustments. These thermostats are also Wi-Fi enabled; meaning remote temperature adjustments can still be made with a mobile device or computer.
Wired Thermostats – Traditional wired thermostats are still available. While mobile mobile connectivity and temperature control is lost, wired thermostats are affordably priced and remain a popular choice for anyone looking for a low-cost thermostat upgrade.
Choose TopNotch for Pittsburgh Thermostat Installation & Service
A thermostat is the very last thing anyone thinks of when installing or troubleshooting an HVAC system. But it’s important to your HVAC system’s overall efficiency. The trained thermostat experts at TopNotch Heating & Air know that finding the right thermostat can be a daunting task with so many makes/models and styles. We offer you our expertise and guidance. Call us today at 412-381-0598 to schedule a free estimate.