Though you may expect all thermostats to function well with your HVAC system, this just isn’t so. Your heating and cooling installations must be properly paired with your thermostat for every component to work right. Before you buy a new thermostat, check the thermostat’s capabilities and your HVAC system’s specs to make sure you have the right pairing.
Check Your System’s Voltage
Your system voltage is an important factor when you’re deciding which thermostat is right for your home. Thermostats fall into three main categories:
- Low voltage systems using 24 volts or less
- either a 110-volt or 240-volt power source
- Thermostats for gas or oil-powered systems with 24 millivolts
If your thermostat isn’t the right match for your power supply, you’re not getting the performance you need, and your energy efficiency will suffer.
Understand Operational Stages
Your heating and cooling system is classified as one of the following:
If you have a one-stage system, it’s either on or off. Two-stage systems operate at two different speeds so you can adjust the level of heating or cooling to better suit your comfort needs. Multi-stage systems have three or more speeds for even more customization. You need a thermostat that’s equipped for your system, so you can take full advantage of the capabilities of your air conditioner or heater.
Know If Your System is Zoned
Zoned HVAC systems have a unique set of requirements. They offer different levels of heating and cooling to each zone in your home. You need a special thermostat to control a zoned system properly, so you can adjust every zone individually for maximum comfort and energy efficiency.
If your HVAC system and thermostat aren’t an efficient pairing, it’s time to upgrade to a more appropriate product. Contact Advanced Cooling Systems at 866-827-7662 to learn more about the HVAC upgrades available. We’ll help you choose an energy efficient thermostat that’s equipped to give you complete control over your home comfort.
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