February 3, 2023

How to Choose a Thermostat


A thermostat can help keep your home comfortable and help you control energy usage. Your choice of a thermostat will depend on the type of heating and air conditioning system you have in your home, how you want to use your thermostat, and the features you want to have available.  

Choose the Thermostat Type

Before choosing a thermostat, you’ll need to make sure it’s compatible with your heating and cooling system. The most common system types are central heat or central heat and air conditioning, which can be 24V, gas, oil, or electric. Other system types include heat pump, electric baseboard, fireplace, and floor/wall furnace.


Learning thermostats offer the benefit of being programmable but don’t require you to actually program them. They learn as you use them and create a schedule based on your preferences. They can turn themselves down when you’re away, guide you to energy-efficient settings and provide monthly energy reports. These thermostats connect to your home Wi-Fi network and can be monitored, set, and managed remotely over Wi-Fi from a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Remote Energy Management

A remote energy management thermostat allows you to set, program, and monitor your heating and cooling system from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. The thermostat connects through a hub (sold separately) to your home broadband network, allowing you to access it over Wi-Fi from anywhere.


A programmable thermostat makes the most efficient use of your system by automatically adjusting the set temperature throughout the day. You let the thermostat know your preferred temperature at different times of the day and night, then forget about it – the thermostat does the work. Adjust the temperature automatically throughout the day Save you as much as 15 to 25 percent on cooling, advanced models can switch back and forth between heating and air conditioning during seasonal transitions, easy-to-operate digital interface, with many mercury-free newer models.

Digital Non-Programmable

A non-programmable thermostat with a digital read-out is the best choice for people who prefer manually-controlled settings with the convenience of an easy-to-read LCD display.

Mechanical / Manual

With a mechanical or manual thermostat, you control the temperature setting manually. These are best for people who are home often and prefer a fixed temperature.

Choose Your Options (Programmable Thermostats)


These thermostats allow you to program a unique setting for each day, offering the ultimate flexibility. You can set up four periods per day, every day of the week. This option is great for people with busy schedules.

5-1-1 Day

This type of programmable thermostat will allow you to set one program for the weekdays and separate programs for Saturday and Sunday. This type of thermostat can be programmed for up to four periods per programmable session.

5-2 Day

This option allows up to four programmable sessions with separate settings for the weekdays and weekends.

1 Week

This option allows you to set up one program for the entire week with up to four sessions.

Trust The Experts At ICE Heating Cooling and Plumbing

At ICE Heating Cooling and Plumbing, we’re dedicated to providing our customers with the right solution for their homes. That’s why we created a guide to help you find the right HVAC installer for your home.

We understand that your family’s health is your priority. We thrive on providing you with assertive and clear information about how to improve your home’s air quality. If you’re worried about pollution in your home, you can also check out our blog “How Can You Fix The Problem Of Polluted Air?”

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