Whether you're building a new home or upgrading the heating and cooling systems of an existing property, you should give considerable thought to the thermostat you choose. The right device will ensure your family's daily comfort throughout the year. Here are some of the biggest considerations to take into account when narrowing down the options with an HVAC contractor

3 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Thermostat

1. Price

If you're on a tight budget, start by browsing among manual models. These are the most affordable options. Also called mechanical or nonprogrammable, these devices are incredibly simple and don't come with any frills. 

Programmable thermostats are the next tier up, and it's worth looking at these models if you have room in the budget. These devices can pay for themselves over time in utility savings, so it's easy to justify the added cost. As long as you take advantage of the programming features and input an energy-efficient schedule, you'll reap the savings. 

Smart devices are the most advanced type of thermostat. In addition to being programmable, these models can be paired with digital devices for remote adjustments. Once you install the associated app on a smartphone, you could change the temperature of the home while driving from work or the grocery store to ensure you arrive to a comfortable household. 

2. Compatibility 

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Not all thermostats can be used to control all HVAC equipment. Every model has its own specification requirements for the thermostat. To ensure you don't fall in love with a device that's not compatible with your system, ask an HVAC contractor for some guidelines before shopping around. 

You should confirm the system's voltage and the number of zones it has. Cross-reference these specs with the devices you like to make sure they'll work with the system. 

3. Functionality 

Your family's needs and habits will determine the features you should look for in a new thermostat. For example, if someone in the household is almost always home, remote functionality probably isn't necessary. Likewise, if your schedule is totally unpredictable, you may not be able to take full advantage of programmable devices. 

If you appreciate touch-screen displays, voice notifications, and maintenance alerts, splurging on a smart thermostat could be well worth the money. If you spend a lot of time away from home, a programmable device will keep the HVAC system from wasting energy while you're gone. 


Once you've chosen the thermostat, turn to Oehl Plumbing, Heating, Electric & Air Conditioning Inc. Operating out of Coralville, IA, and serving clients throughout North Liberty, Iowa City, and the surrounding areas, this licensed, bonded, and insured HVAC contractor will complete the job in record time. Since 1949, they've installed, maintained, and repaired HVAC equipment to keep families comfortable year-round. To learn more about their heating and cooling services, visit their website. To schedule a thermostat installation, call (319) 339-9490.