Thermostats, which one is right for my family? | R. A. Styron Heating & Air | Chesapeake VA

It’s hard making decisions sometimes when it comes to appliances and devices that we plan on having in our home for sometime, thermostats are no different.

Like most electronics, thermostats have evolved immensely in the last 5 years or so. There are various thermostat manufacturing companies in the market that are producing a great quality of devices that can keep your house warmer when you need and cooler when it is required. But which one is right for your home and family? Let’s dive in and see what the options are.


Mechanical Thermostat


Mechanical thermostats are quickly becoming a thing of the past. But if you are not interested in the newer fancy schmancy thermostats and want one that you simply adjusted by turning a dial, this is for you.

Generally speaking they will not have a digital screen on them. They will only have two dials, one to read the temperature in your home and the other to set the temperature you want your home to be.

Setting the temperature is easy. Simply rotate the dial on the device and set it on the desired temperature you would like your home to stay.



Non-programmable Thermostat

After the use of the mechanical thermostat for a long period of time, along came the digital thermostats. They are not much different than the mechanical thermostat. Basically, this type of thermostat will display the conditions and setting on a digital screen rather than an analog dial reading.

Temperature setting are changed by pushing button en lieu of the the turn dial. There will also be a FAN or AUTO option to choose from. The fan option will simply cut the fan on without having the heat or a/c run. It is simply circulating the air in your home with the fan. The auto option will cut your system on and off to adjust the temperature to the temperature setting you have selected.



Programmable thermostats are one of the latest and greatest achievements in the thermostat world. These units allow you to schedule the temperature alterations for the entire week. There are many options to chose from when looking

Programmable Digital Thermostat

to install a programmable thermostat. Your family routine and schedule should be taken into account when purchasing a digital thermostat. You can purchase a model that gives you the option of setting a different schedule for every day of the week or one schedule for the weekdays and another for the weekend.

These models can potentially save you loads of money on your energy bill if used correctly. You can easily schedule the

thermostat to adjust the temperature during the day when the home is empty and then back to a comfortable setting before your family is due to arrive back home. This way you’re saving money during the day and still coming home to a comfortable house after a long day. This saves time and effort since you no longer have to manually adjusted the temperature.

The big turn off of these thermostats is knowing how to program them. Be sure to read up on the reviews before purchase and be sure to keep the manuals it comes with for future reference.



All of the above thermostat units were required to be wired with the piece of equipment that they are controlling. But with the great leap in the field of wireless technology, devices are getting smarter and wire-free, the same can be said for your

Wifi Digital Thermostat


Wireless thermostats are exactly what you think they are. These devices are connected to your system via bluetooth or your home WiFi connection. No fear, even if your lose your WiFi connection, your heating or air conditioning will continue to run under the parameters you set before losing signal.

Being connected to the WiFi system gives you the extra added convenience of adjusting the temperature from anywhere. While you’ll still have the feature to program automatic temperature changes, you will also be able to change the temperature from the app if your schedule changes unexpectedly.


Once you have made your decision you must make sure that you are choosing the right unit for your heating and cooling systems. While most of the thermostats can be purchased to accommodate the system you have make sure you know what type of system you have in your home before browsing. It’s important to know if you have a HP system, furnace, boiler, or package system.

If you need any help at all with making the right decision for your home and family, we’re here to help. If you’ve purchased a new thermostat but installing it seems daunting, we can help there, too. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today.


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