Remote Control Thermostat

For homes with an integrated central heating or air conditioning system, using a remote control thermostat for temperature and humidity control is generally a good idea. Available to suit most heating and ventilation systems and designed with simple, versatile use in mind, remote control thermostats are a popular addition to modern homes, apartments, and other residences.

But it’s not just their convenience that drives so many homeowners and apartment dwellers to use a remote control thermostat for their home temperature control, it’s their environmental benefits. With a remote control thermostat as your default point of control and an efficient home air conditioner or heating system, modifying your room’s temperature can use much less electricity than you’d expect.

We’ve gone into greater detail about the environmental and energy benefits of using remote control thermostats below, but for now, it’s time to focus on their usability. While standard home heaters or air conditioners – known colloquially as ‘boilers’ or ‘heat pumps’ by some – use a built-in dashboard for temperature control, the vast majority lack any form of remote or wall-mounted control units.

For people with larger homes, or even homes that lack easy access to a temperature control point, this can be a major issue. Rooms can end up unheated or unventilated due to a difficult-to-access adjustment panel, or occasionally even unusable due to a broken control pad. In some cases, tiny pockets of stale air can end up in your house due to the difficult of opening and closing heating.

With a remote control thermostat, however, access to your temperature control unit is simple and almost universally accessible. Making small tweaks is a matter of lifting a finger and pressing up, down, or anything else on a control remote. Unlike with standard unit-mounted air conditioners or heat pumps, there’s no need to reach for the controls, stretch to touch the unit, or even stand up!

For the most part, remote control thermostats allow access to the same functions seen on standard boiler or air conditioner front panels. There’s the temperature control, which allows users to add or subtract heat from a room; the fan control, which controls the intensity of hot or cool air that ends up inside the target room, and options to switch between automatic and manual adjustment mode.

Then there’s the scheduling features – a useful set of functions that are seen on almost all remote control thermostats sold today. These features allow users to program on and off times for any of their home’s air conditioners and heating systems. This is ideal for users that work during the day and would prefer to return home to a cool, crisp home without using excess energy on heating.

Sleep scheduling – an on-off timer system designed to assist in sleeping – is also provided on many remote control thermostats. This setting allows users to program pre-set sleep times, in which cold or warm air can be temporarily pumped into a room. This allows for simple sleep without the sleep or health issues that can sometimes arise from spending eight or more hours in front of an air outlet.

Purchasing a remote control thermostat for your home’s air conditioning system or heater can range from a simple process to a Herculean task, largely dependent on the type of ventilation and pump in your home. Check that you’re working with a relatively new model, as many older air conditioner or heat pump units may not offer support for third-party wall-mounted remote control thermostats.

However, despite the occasional inconvenience of installing the right thermostat controller, doing so can have some fairly large environmental benefits. Many thermostats include an ‘energy save’ mode, in which usage is lowered to keep electrical expenditure at a minimum. This has obvious benefits in both your power bill and your environmental record, all while heating or cooling your home.

Then there’s the personal energy benefits of a remote control thermostats – in some cases, the sheer convenience of such a unit. By all but completely automating your home’s heating system through a schedule and a remote control, you can reduce the amount of time you spend tweaking your home’s temperature, maximizing efficient time best spent elsewhere.

Before purchasing any remote control thermostat units, check that they’re completely compatible with both your ventilation system, your air conditioner, and your heating utility. While almost all heating systems available on the market today will support wall-mounted or infrared units, many older units are incompatible with newer, often retail-purchased remote control thermostats.

If this is the case, it’s best to speak with an experienced HVAC or electrical expert about how your home’s ventilation system could be brought up to date. It’s often surprisingly inexpensive to adapt, particularly with the wide range of air conditioner units available today. For both convenience and optimum energy usage, it’s always a good idea to invest in a remote control thermostat at home.

This Remote Control Thermostat Review is Written/Updated on Jan 24th, 2011 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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