Thermostat Basics and Your HVAC System

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thermostat basicsThe typical homeowner interacts with their HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system by one small but crucial part of the system; the thermostat. Besides the basics of turning the temperature up or down, today’s thermostats can do so much more. Modern Air & Refrigeration of Sarasota has put together a handy guide on thermostat basics to help you understand the options and features you now have at your fingertips. Thermostats can save you a bundle on your heating and cooling costs with proper use.

Thermostat Basics

Let’s start with your AC’s thermostat basics and how it functions. There are two types of thermostats prevalent today. There are newer electronic thermostats, and older electromechanical thermostats. Electronic thermostats are simple and use sensors to determine the temperature in your home. Electromechanical systems rely on either a bi-metal or metal strip that uses mercury to move either down or up signaling your HVAC to turn on or off. Either method of tracking and changing temperatures lose efficiency if adjusted too often. If your aim is to save energy, adjusting your thermostat sparingly will help regardless of the type of thermostat you have in your home.

Thermostat Basics of Saving Money

Modern Air & Refrigeration recommends that you use programmable thermostats to save money on your heating and cooling costs. Thermostat basics begin with keeping your home cooled or heated only when needed. Programmable electronic thermostats can be adjusted to lower or increase the temperature when you’re not home. Recent versions even allow remote access via website or your phone so you can adjust the temperature as needed from anywhere. If you’re inside your home remember our earlier tip, touch the thermostat as least as possible. Adjustments take energy to meet your new either lower or higher temperature.

Are you ready to talk to a trusted local Sarasota HVAC professional about your thermostat needs? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.