How To Choose The Right Thermostat When Upgrading


Today’s feature-rich thermostats make maintaining comfortable, energy-efficient indoor temperatures almost effortless. If you’re planning on upgrading a thermostat, it’s worth spending a little time to find the model that will best fit your lifestyle.

Check for Compatibility

First, check which features your new thermostat will need in order to work with your heating and cooling system. Look for a model designed to handle the number of stages your system runs on. For example, a thermostat designed for a two-stage furnace and air conditioner will be marked with 2H/2C, indicating two heating and two cooling stages. Most thermostats are designed for systems with a furnace and air conditioner, so if you use a heat pump, you’ll need a model with an O/B terminal for wires that will control the reversing valve.

Choose Your Type

If you’re upgrading a thermostat from a mechanical or non-programmable digital model, look for a programmable thermostat. Programmable models let you pre-set comfortable, yet energy-efficient temperatures for different times of the day. You’ll no longer need to fiddle with the thermostat or waste energy by forgetting to change the setting when you go out or go to bed. “Learning” thermostats offer even greater convenience and efficiency by recording and analyzing data about your habits, preferences, and local weather patterns to find the perfect temperature at all times.

Choose Your Programming Options

Not all programmable thermostats offer the same options. The right one for you depends on your schedule and how often you need to change the temperatures in your home. Your choices are:

  • 5-2 Day – With these thermostats, you can set one schedule for weekdays and another for weekends.
  • 5-1-1 Day – These models let you choose a weekday schedule, plus a separate schedule for each day of the weekend.
  • 7-Day – The ultimate in flexibility, these thermostats let you program a unique schedule for each day of the week.

If you’ll be upgrading a thermostat soon and could use some professional guidance, get in touch with us at Reliance Home Services anywhere around Greater Los Angeles.