Programmable Thermostats: 3 FAQ Answered

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The majority of modern air conditioning systems are fitted with programmable thermostats. However, if your home air conditioning system is an older model which does not feature a programmable thermostat, you may wish to upgrade the manually operated thermostat. Below is the answers to some common questions you may have when considering installing a programmable thermostat for your air conditioning system.

How does a programmable thermostat operate?

A programmable thermostat is designed to monitor the air temperature in a building using sensors. You can input the temperature you desire into a control panel. This command instructs the air conditioning unit to power up when it detects that the temperature of the air rises or falls from the programmed target temperature. Once thermostat sensors detect that the target temperature is achieved, the thermostat will switch off the air conditioning unit. These actions make it much easier for you to control and operate your air con units, even when temperatures rise or fall during the day and night.

Are there different types of programmable thermostats on the market?

Yes, there are different types of programmable thermostats on the market. Below is a guide to different types of programmable thermostats.

Digital thermostats

Digital thermostats feature an LCD screen which is used to program and control the air conditioning system. Digital thermostats allow you to accurately control the settings of your air con unit.

Light-sensitive thermostats

Light-sensitive thermostats feature a light-sensitive photocell, which monitors the light level in a room or other part of a building. When the light level falls below a certain level, the thermostat can be programmed to allow the temperature to fall in that space because it is not in use. When the sensor detects light, it will activate the air conditioning in the room again. Using this type of thermostat can drastically reduce your energy bills.

Can I use a programmable thermostat outdoors?

Yes, an external programmable thermostat is designed to be used on the outside of your building. However, it is important that you take steps to protect the thermostat from the effects of adverse weather conditions which could damage the electronics. An outdoor thermostat will be able to detect the ambient temperature around your home and the impact of cooling winds so that you can control the internal temperature accordingly.

If you would like further information about upgrading the thermostat and sensors on your air conditioning unit, you should contact an air conditioning contractor who will offer help and advice.


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