Understanding Common Furnace Thermostats

Dec 5, 2021

Over the past few decades, we’ve seen just how far technology has come, from artificial intelligence to self-driving cars. Thermostats are no exception. 

These days, thermostats are more advanced than ever. These devices are what regulate the temperature in our homes, and determine how much natural gas or electricity your furnace uses. Your furnace isn’t much use without one.

At Provincial Heating and Cooling, we offer a wide selection of thermostat models. We’re going to dive into the differences between common furnace thermostats:

How Do Thermostats Work?

When you adjust your thermostat, it responds by sending a request to your furnace. Based on that information, your furnace will generate more or less heat. Some furnace thermostats can be integrated with heat pumps as well, which provide you with seasonal cooling during the summer.  

A thermostat constantly monitors the temperature of your home. As such, you want to put it in a place where it can get an accurate temperature reading. A thermostat that’s installed beside your front door may drop in temperature each time the door swings open. 

Types Of Thermostats

Which thermostat will work best for your home? It’s important to choose a device that’s compatible with your furnace; be sure to reference the manufacturer’s instructions. Here are a few popular thermostat models that we offer at Provincial Heating and Cooling:

Traditional Thermostats

These thermostats are what most homeowners are familiar with. The large, illuminated display makes it easy to adjust the thermostat during the day or at night. 

Traditional thermostats are available in programmable or non-programmable models. With a programmable thermostat, you can set a schedule for your furnace. While you’re at work on the weekdays, the thermostat can automatically lower the temperature. When you sleep in on a Saturday morning, it can automatically warm up your home. 

Wi-Fi Thermostats

These devices integrate with your smartphone, which lets you adjust your thermostat from anywhere. Forgot to turn the heat down before you left the house? No problem; simply open up the thermostat app, and adjust it from your cell phone. 

You can also set up a heating schedule from your phone. This makes it easy to change the device schedule when you’re out of the house. 

Smart Thermostats

These thermostats do it all; depending on which model you choose, the thermostat can detect things like:

  • Humidity levels
  • Air quality
  • Airflow & ventilation
  • Energy usage
  • Outdoor weather

Based on these readings, the thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature in your home. It’s hard to believe how much you can save just by lowering your thermostat by a few degrees. With this level of control and customization, you can save up to 23% on heating and cooling costs.

The ecobee SmartThermostat Pro features voice control; you can simply ask the device to adjust the schedule or temperature. You can even stream music through a Bluetooth speaker! 

A thermostat controls the comfort of your home—and how high your heating/cooling bills will be. By investing in a high-quality thermostat, you can end up saving money by reducing your energy usage. Better yet, you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort to do so.

At Provincial Heating and Cooling, we carry high-quality thermostats from reputable brands like Infinity, Comfort, and ecobee. To read more about our products and services, give us a call!


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