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Programmable Digital Thermostat

Air Conditioning Thermostat

Most people who regularly use an air conditioning system are most familiar with the thermostat. It is the element that the average person deals with on a day-to-day basis and for some people it is probably the only element of the air conditioner they understand! The thermostat controls all of the activities that take place in the air conditioning system.

Customarily, people know thermostats as small box-units which are mounted on a wall in their home. They are used to regulate the air temperature inside the building, while maintaining a comfortable environment. Thermostats function by sending out an indication to the appropriate air conditioning element, signaling the air to flow either faster or slower, depending on the selection you have made.

Over the years, many advances have been made in the design and function of thermostats. Early-made thermostats generally had a side-dial to choose the temperature. In contrast, modern thermostats are completely entirely digital, which makes them less complicated to use and their accuracy more precise. Digital thermostats are also much easier to set and provides for you the very best possible temperature as it can be set to your exact specifications.

Another distinctive of programmable digital thermostats is that you can pre-program the settings of your preference. For example, if there are several hours each day when no one is home, you can program your thermostat to switch off after everyone has left and switch back on just before the first person is due to return. By not running unnecessarily all day long, this will save you money on your monthly energy bill as well as conserving energy. It is estimated that during periods of the most use, a digital programmable thermostat can save you up to 30% on costs just by not running when no one is home!

Today, most of the digital thermostats used in North America are digital and programmable. Some of these can even be set to multiple settings. For example, you can set these types of thermostats for different schedules to suit your changing daily or weekly schedule. Some of these thermostats even offer a signal to you when it is time to change the filters of your air conditioning system. This type of feature guarantees that you are able to consistently maintain and repair the system as required, which will save you a lot of money while not having major service fees.

Here are some general guidelines to consider when installing a new thermostat:

  • Place the thermostat in such a location in the house that will allow the unit to read the temperature accurately. It is usually suggested to be about five feet from the floor.
  • The wall on which the thermostat is mounted should be an indoor facing wall and fairly central in the house.