Investing in a programmable thermostat or a model that will save you energy isn’t as simple as picking out the product you like and having someone install it. A new thermostat must be compatible with your Pottstown, Pennsylvania, home’s HVAC system, and variations (such as multi-stage heating or high voltage requirements) can determine your options.

System Type and Voltage

The first thing you need to know is your HVAC system type. Do you have a gas furnace, electric heat, a heat pump, or something else? Different programmable thermostats may not be compatible with your system. Then, you need to know the voltage. Most systems run on a 24 volt power supply, which is the voltage most compatible with the widest range of thermostats. But some, like electric heat systems, require extra voltage.

Heating and Cooling Stages

Two-stage or multi-stage heating and cooling means your HVAC system can run at full or partial capacity depending on your home’s temperature needs. You can have a single-stage furnace and a two-stage air conditioner, or vice versa. Make sure the thermostat you select works with the stages of your HVAC system (or operates with systems that do not have stages, if that’s what you have).

Considering Ultra High Tech

When you want your system to be as green as possible, matching your heating and cooling with a programmable thermostat after the fact isn’t going to give you as much efficiency as a thermostat made for a certain HVAC system. Take Carrier’s Côr Wi-Fi thermostat: it’s compatible with a range of HVAC systems, but Carrier designed some of its most energy-efficient systems (like the Infinity Heat Pump with Greenspeed) to work with the Côr Thermostat, so you get the best energy savings Carrier offers.

We know the ins and outs of HVAC systems and Carrier products, so let us advise you on whether or not a specific thermostat will work with your current system. Call New Age Air today at 610-298-0271.

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