Not All Thermostats are the Same

different kinds of thermostats

A thermostat is a device which detects and regulates your cooling and heating system’s temperature. It switches cooling and heating components on or off in order to maintain the user’s desired temperature. So when the temperature inside a house rises or drops below the thermostat setting, the switch activates and causes the air conditioner or furnace to pump cool or warm air until the desired temperature has been reached. Once the temperature is at its correct level, the switch deactivates until it’s needed.

The following are the different types of thermostats available today:

  • Line Voltage Thermostats – Designed to control electric heaters by switching the main power on and off to the heater.
  • Low Voltage Units – Used in electric unitary systems, as well as water heating. These are typically meant for heating systems which require gas or oil. They are more efficient in regards to controlling current flow.
  • Programmable Thermostats – This type enables the user to have the temperature in their home automatically adjusted according to the time and day, making it a great device to conserve energy when you’re not home.
  • Mechanical Thermostats – These feature either vapor-filled bellows or bi-metallic strips, which is designed to respond and adjust to temperature differences. While they are inexpensive, mechanical thermostats are considered unreliable.
  • Electronic Thermostats – With use of electrical components which detect temperatures in order to regulate the furnace. Even though they are more expensive, electronic thermostats are more reliable and responsive.
  • Touch Screen Thermostats – Instead of the hard buttons, they come with a sensitive touch display.
  • Wi-Fi Thermostats – These devices connect to a wireless network where it can be accessed and controlled. You could essentially control your home’s temperature through your phone or computer.

If you want to know which type of thermostat is right for your home, contact the Mesa Arizona air conditioning professionals today to schedule an appointment today, 480-832-3330 for East Valley Residents and 602-595-3115.