Thermostats have undergone significant changes through time, from the early water-steam based systems, to the forced air ac systems of today which turn on when the surrounding air heats or cools to a specific temperature. Homeowners can now, with modern technology, choose from a number of thermostat devices.
Non programmable thermostats require that someone actually turn on the system when the temperature reaches a point that it requires heating or cooling. This older method of activating your air conditioning system is still preferred by some, and often referred to as a manual thermostat.
These thermostats can be both traditional and digital units, and touch screen units.
Many people choose to use one of a variety of programmable thermostats which can provide great savings in energy usage. These types of thermostats are wide ranging and may include many features, such as The Nest.
The Nest Thermostat is also referred to as The Nest Learning Thermostat. It learns what you like, how you live and offers remote function so that you can control the temperature in your home using your phone, tablet, or computer; with numerous additional features and add ons such as temperature sensing in multiple areas. The energy savings are maximized as this thermostat learns your preferences and intuitively adjusts the controls to meet your needs and decrease usage when you’re away, making it an Energy Star product. The aesthetics of this thermostat have also revolutionized the industry.