Your HVAC system is an essential component of your home. You may not realize it in your day-to-day life, but it becomes extremely noticeable when there’s a problem with it. With winter coming, making sure that your HVAC system is prepped to deal with the incoming cold is necessary to properly winterize your home’s heating.
At Vaughan Comfort Services, our industry experts have been working with thermostats and HVAC systems since 1937, though our approach to systems these days is much more modern than it was decades ago. Take a look at what you need to know about your thermostat, and discover how Vaughan Comfort Services can help.
Throughout the United States and in New Jersey homes, you will generally find two kinds of thermostats. For the most part, homes are heated with a furnace, which can run on natural gas, oil, wood, or propane. Other homes utilize electricity as their primary heating and cooling system power source.
A line voltage thermostat is typically what is used alongside electric-powered HVAC systems such as radiant, convection, or resistance heaters. As the name suggests, it works by using your line voltage and converting the electricity into heat. This voltage is typically 120 to 240 volts, depending on how your home is set up. These thermostats come in single-pole and double-pole variants, and that dictates how many wires will be coming out of the back.
A low-voltage thermostat works with a furnace or boiler in your HVAC system. Because a furnace is being used for the heat, the thermostat does not use as much electricity as its line voltage counterpart would. These kinds of thermostats typically function with just 24 volts and mainly dictate how the blowers, fans, and heat pumps are operating, with their direction sometimes being as simple as an on/off switch.
Knowing which new thermostat will work best for your home involves much more than just understanding the different types. There are an array of factors to keep in mind before you finalize your decision for your heating and air conditioning.
A smart thermostat is the latest advancement in thermostat technology that allows you to enjoy a variety of additional features. A smart thermostat can actively learn your living habits and create schedules based on when you are home. That’s only the beginning, however, as they offer a variety of additional automation features for your air conditioner and heater alongside smart home systems.
Electronic thermostats are often low voltage, but line voltage options are available as well. They function by using a sensor that detects when temperatures fluctuate beyond the desired room temperature. As opposed to mechanical thermostats, these are typically much more responsive when reacting to temperature changes. Plus, they are more likely to be programmable.
Here are a few low voltage thermostats that we recommend. Remember to speak with a professional about compatibility before finalizing any decisions about what the best smart thermostat is for you.
The smart Nest Thermostat has a lot to offer, especially if you already make use of the Google Home app in your household.
With the Ecobee3 Lite, you can enjoy an Energy Star-certified thermostat that can save you up to 23% on annual energy costs.
The Honeywell WiFi Smart Color Thermostat lets you tailor your climate control to your liking in more ways than one. Not only can you customize its functionality to create a comfortable temperature while reducing energy consumption, but you can also customize the display color and the devices used to control it.
Mechanical thermostats are notably different from electronic variants, but they have their own benefits. They operate using metal bars that move based on the temperature and alert the system to turn on or off. Just keep in mind that you need to talk to a professional about compatibility before moving forward with installation.
The White Rodgers 1f56n-444 mechanical thermostat has a lot to offer if you are looking for a simple thermostat that can get the job done on a budget.
When you opt for the Honeywell Home CT87N1001, you can enjoy a timeless design that uses a twisting action to set your temperature preferences.
Non-programmable thermostats lack the ability to be programmed like smart thermostats, but they still offer a digital display to make it easy to adjust the settings you prefer.
With this thermostat, you can enjoy a battery-powered and simple design that blends well with most home decor while getting the job done.
Opt for this thermostat, and you can enjoy impressive responsiveness alongside a simple design that’s complemented by a sleek digital display.
This Emerson thermostat offers the simplicity that many homeowners are looking for in their thermostats.
At Vaughan Comfort Services, we specialize in offering unique and reliable solutions for your household’s needs. With our decades of experience and constant education of our technicians in the latest developments regarding HVAC technology, you can upgrade your home with confidence. Take a look at how some of our previous clients have felt about our custom solutions for their homes.
“We needed to update/replace the sewage cast iron pipes in the basement that were showing rust blisters and leakage. We reached out to several contractors. Vaughan quickly emerged at the forefront of our options because of their professionalism, responsiveness, and expertise. Their itemized invoice clearly outlined the scope of work to be performed. Believe it or not, our other options quoted blanket estimates which left us wondering how the numbers emerged/were calculated. With Vaughan and Jules (technician), the process was very forthcoming. No upselling. No pressure sales. Just to the point. Vaughan provided us two (2) price points from which to select. We decided to move forward with the more extensive/expensive option. We were able to get on the schedule in a timely manner. Jules, who came to provide the estimate, was also the technician who performed the work. He communicated to us his estimated arrival. He was very respectful of the home – made sure to prep and clean up after the work was complete. We are happy that we can rest easy knowing that our pipes are replaced. We encourage you to reach out to Vaughan for your plumbing needs!” — Linda S.
“Vaughan Comfort Services is a super top notch HVAC business. I had a problem with my AC, called Vaughan at 8:15AM on a Saturday morning, received a reply in 10 minutes, repair man was there by 9:30AM !!! No kidding, I’m not making this up, can you believe it!!! The work was covered by the warranty, NO CHARGE!!! Again, can you believe it!!! The repair man whose name escapes me was polite, knowledgeable and quickly got the AC up and running. I could not be more pleased, a great big thank you to everybody at Vaughan!!!!” — Paul M.
Some thermostats are designed for easy DIY installation, but it is always best to opt for a professional just to be sure that nothing goes wrong.
No, any new thermostat you opt for must be compatible with your HVAC system, and not all thermostats are universally compatible. A professional can help you determine compatibility.
The easiest way to tell what kind of thermostat you need is to see which category your current thermostat falls in. Still, consulting a professional is the best way to ensure compatibility.
When you are ready to upgrade your thermostat in your New Jersey home, Vaughan Comfort Services is happy to help. Our professionals can ensure compatibility and find a new thermostat that works well for your needs and budget. Plus, we can install it all and get it working for you. Get started by giving us a call at 856-627-0303 or by using our online contact form to speak to our team.
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