Thermostats have been around for almost 300 years, beginning with the mercury thermostat and evolving into a complex technology over time. The most common mechanical thermostat of recent years relies on bimetallic bars to regulate temperatures. While inexpensive, bimetallic thermostats can be slow to respond to temperature changes, leaving you waiting on the thermostat in a room that is uncomfortably hot or cold.
The newest digital thermostats respond much more quickly to temperature changes. Smart thermostats such as Nest and Ecobee may cost more initially but offer many benefits to the homeowner. Want your AC to take a break while you are at work and cool the house off before you come home? Have a smart thermostat installed by experts like Fox Service Company, and enjoy the countless benefits. These programmable devices allow you to plan and set specific temperatures for different times, and some thermostats can “learn” your schedule and adjust the temperature of your house automatically.
Setting up schedules on a mechanical thermostat is difficult and most homeowners won’t take time to devise a heating and cooling schedule on these devices. However, smart thermostats are easy to program, connect to Wi-Fi, and can be controlled from anywhere using your smartphone. This allows your HVAC system to use the least amount of energy to provide the greatest comfort. As a result, users of smart thermostats can save 10%-25% on their energy bill compared to a traditional thermostat and over time, smart thermostats pay for themselves with reduced energy usage.