How To Choose A Thermostat

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An effective thermostat tells the furnace or any other heating or cooling system when to turn on or off as the temperature in your entire home or specific rooms fluctuates. Your choice of a thermostat has a significant impact on your comfort and overall energy bills.

The human body is very sensitive to heat gain and heat loss. Thus, comfort tends to be elusive. In the quest to enhance comfort levels in homes, property owners fit their houses with excellent heating and cooling systems, efficient windows,  ventilation, insulation, and other outstanding features to effectively control any unwanted heat loss or heat gain. An efficient thermostat is one of the indispensable tools that can help you achieve this goal.

Choosing a thermostat

Thermostats vary by the type of equipment they are specially designed to control and their internal operation as well. These are the two most important factors you should consider when choosing a floor heating thermostat for your home.

Save more with the setback temperature

You must have realized that in some seasons, you need comfort heating during the morning and probably in the evening and during the entire night. In offices, you only need comfort heating during the day, from Monday to Friday. You can save up to 25% of energy costs if the comfort temperature is lowered during the night or when you don’t need the comfort heating.

Control and regulation

Opt for a high-quality thermostat, preferably an electronic proportional one to offer your home a consistent temperature level and a higher level of comfort. In case you need a thermostat for storage heating systems, you need a more advanced control system that can accurately regulate the amount of heat energy stored by means of thermostats.

A thermostat controls the comfort temperature automatically. Remember, the energy required to keep your home depends on various factors such as wind and outdoor temperatures. Besides, the system will utilize the ‘free heating’ from lighting, electrical appliances, persons or the sun.

A good thermostat should maintain a specific temperature level that offers the right amount of heat in floors such as entrance halls, bathrooms, and more. Besides, it should secure dry, non-slippery floors in shops, entrances, laundry rooms, and other public areas. The most preferred type of thermostat for this purpose is an electronic thermostat with a floor sensor and a programmable timer.

In case you intend to use the thermostat where you need to warm your floor and you have different heating options running in your home, you should use a thermostat with both a floor sensor and a programmable timer.

Choosing the limitation sensor

In certain circumstances, it’s wise to use a thermostat with a limitation sensor to control the minimum and maximum temperature levels. The minimum temperature ensures that your floor has a minimum comfort temperature. Even with minimum sunshine, your floor heating system can stay off for a long time as long the floor temperature doesn’t fall below the set minimum temperature. On the other hand, maximum temperature limits control the highest level of temperature of the floor construction.