Thermostats and Controls in Sarasota FL
A thermostat is a vital element of your heating and cooling system. As air conditioners, heaters and heat pumps have become more efficient, so have the peripherals that help them operate. Digital thermostats allow you to control the heating and cooling in a room, a zone or an entire building and can be programmed to provide more heating or cooling based on your lifestyle and schedule.
Types of Thermostats
Older heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems used manually operated, mercury-based switches to regulate temperature. Some older homes in the Sarasota, Palmetto and Bradenton, Florida, area may still use these mechanical devices. Temperature readings are not very accurate. You can manually set the devices back when you don’t need as much cooling or heating, but for energy efficiency you must be diligent about remembering to reset the temperature.
Digital controls provide accurate readings and allow both times and temperatures to be set. When used properly, a programmable thermostat can save between 15 and 25 percent on cooling costs and up to 33 percent on heading costs. There are several options available to fit your lifestyle:
- Seven-day programming lets you put in a different schedule for each day of the week.
- One week programming uses one configuration for all days.
- Five/two programming lets you set a time and temperature schedule for weekdays and another for weekends.
- Five/one/one programming lets you set a weekday schedule and a different program for each weekend day.
Types of Controls and Features
Most manufacturers offer several programmable models with optional features that make them easy to use. Newer models include:
- Backlit display panels
- Vacation mode
- Voice activation
- Full memory save in the case of power outages
- Wi-Fi enabled to control settings from your mobile phone or computer
- Custom color settings
- Zone settings
Thermostat Placement and Upkeep
The placement of your thermostat affects its performance. Ideally, it should be installed on an interior wall away from ducts and vents, windows, hot-water pipes and direct sunlight. A thermostat should be hung about 5 feet above the floor in an area with good air circulation.
Even a thermostat requires upkeep to make sure that readings are correct. A professional HVAC technician will clean and calibrate the thermostat during an annual tune-up for your furnace or air conditioner.
How We Can Help
If you are unsure whether a programmable thermostat is suitable for your situation or if you don’t know how to use one, Our NATE certified technicians can help. We install and calibrate all makes and models of temperature control equipment and can help you program in the settings you want.
Climatic Conditioning Company has provided heating and air conditioning service to residents of Manatee and Sarasota counties for more than 40 years. We are available 24 hours a day for emergencies and schedule routine repair and maintenance service calls during regular business hours. If you have a problem with your air conditioning system, call us to find out how we can help.