My thermostat isn’t working!

Wiring up the thermostat is usually pretty straightforward if an old one is being replaced. If a thermostat is being put in where one had never been before, that could involve running new wiring. The placement of the thermostat is also important so that its sensors can get an accurate reading of the temperature. A thermostat that is blocked by a bookcase or other large furniture will not get a good reading and will not perform efficiently.Thermostats are available in many types:

  • Dial-type or small boxes with levers: These are usually manually adjusted as environmental temperatures change and seen as very inefficient. However, there is no battery to replace every few months.
    • The lever also makes adjustments as the system responds immediately. Many digital, programmable thermostats have a “tolerance” of 2 to 4 degrees, so the response may not be immediate.
    • There are also digital manual units, where you get digital readouts and buttons but still get to control it manually like you would a lever.

Programmable thermostats are more efficient than manual thermostats.

  • It saves time: You can schedule temperatures according to the time of day and day of the week.
  • You can adjust for seasons: During the summer, you can have the air conditioner stay off during the cooler morning hours and start cooling the house as everyone gets up and starts moving around. During the winter, you can have your heater stay off while you are away at work and turn on about a half hour or so before you get home so that you are coming home to a nice, warm house.
  • It’s always changing: Some newer thermostats take advantage of wireless technology. You can adjust your thermostat remotely so that if you leave and forget to adjust it, or if you are going to be home later than you thought, you can adjust it via your smartphone. Some can even give you reports on how efficient your system is performing based on usage. These are very efficient models, but they are also very expensive with some costing over.
  • Special thanks to our friends from Home Advisor for this information.

 

Trane has offered a new product XL824.  This is a WiFi-enabled thermostat.

https://www.trane.com/residential/en/products/thermostats-and-controls/connected-controls/xl824.html

The XL824 is a part of the Nexia Home family.  You can find compatible products here.  http://www.nexiahome.com

Trane XL824 thermostat
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