Few homeowners spend much time thinking about thermostats and which one is right for their home. But perhaps they should, because a properly designed thermostat can do much more than just turn your heating and cooling system on and off.
Thermostats have come a long way since the days of the old mercury bulb thermostats. Most thermostats today are digital, and provide the homeowner with more information. There are communicating controls that “talk” to your equipment and will notify you of any problems with your heating or cooling system. There are programmable thermostats which you can use to raise/lower the temperature setting during periods of non-use. And there are standard non-programmable thermostats.
Today’s homes eliminate nearly all wasteful air leaks, helping to control energy costs. Because homes are air-tight, pollutants are trapped indoors. The health hazards from indoor air pollutants are broadly recognized as one of today’s top environmental hazards.
Study after study shows that as homes become tighter and more energy-efficient, more contaminants become trapped inside. The air we breathe in our homes is loaded with pollutants like pollen, lung-damaging dust, pet hair, dander, dust mites, tobacco smoke, spores, disease-causing bacteria, and viruses.
According to medical experts, many viruses thrive in low humidity – increasing the likelihood of catching colds, flu, and upper respiratory ailments. The American Society of Otolaryngology even reports that it is important to prevent an overly dry environment because it makes people more susceptible to infection.
Central dehumidifiers pull air from every room in your home and remove the moisture and then sends dry air back throughout your heating ducts. It works in conjunction with your air conditioner to efficiently balance the humidity levels in your home.