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The Ultimate Guide to Thermostats

Thermostats 101

Your thermostat is the heart of your heating and cooling system, but finding the perfect option for your home can seem daunting. Whether you’re looking to replace an old thermostat or simply surveying the options available on the market, we’re here to help you find the ideal solution for your home and budget.


If you need more temperature control in your home, programmable thermostats are the solution for you. Programmable thermostats put the power in your hands, allowing you to set specific temperatures for different times of the day. Many programmable options offer both daily and weekly time settings for maximum flexibility.

Not only are they a handy way to schedule specific temperatures, but they also encourage energy efficiency. Suppose you’re away from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Set the programmable thermostat to a moderate temperature, allowing your HVAC system to take a breather and conserve energy. In the long run, programmable thermostats can keep more money in your pocket by cutting down on energy consumption and typical wear and tear from constant usage.

If you’re looking for something a little more modern and convenient, wifi-enabled thermostats are for you. Wifi thermostats give you the option to remotely control and program your home’s temperature from work, soccer practice, or the grocery store. There’s nothing better than returning to a comfortable home, and that starts with temperature control.


Non-programmable thermostats look very similar to programmable options, but they do not offer the same control level. Homeowners with non-programmable thermostats will need to manually adjust the temperature and fan on an as-needed basis.

Although less control is offered with non-programmable options, they are still highly effective in heating and cooling your home. If you spend most of your time at home or in the same room, simply adjust the thermostat throughout the day to your ideal temperature. Non-programmable thermostats are a very basic yet solid option for those looking for something a little more straightforward.


Not a fan of fancy technology or need something that will pair with your not-so-brand-new HVAC system? Mechanical thermostats are perfect for those looking for older system compatibility or who need an option that is less high-tech.

Mechanical systems do not have the temperature control abilities of electrical thermostats, but they are easy to install and are an affordable option for those looking to keep their home in a comfortable climate.

I’ve Found the Perfect Thermostat, Now Where Do I Put It?

You’ve found your dream thermostat, and you’re ready to take the reins on your home’s temperature, but what next? Some homeowners may assume that a new thermostat can be placed anywhere throughout the house, but that is not the case.

The placement of your thermostat is essential for accurate readings and efficiency. Keep your thermostat away from:

  • Direct sunlight
  • Air vents
  • Lamps
  • Kitchen appliances

Avoiding the above items and placing your thermostat on an interior wall near the center of your home can ensure that your new thermostat is reading the temperature of your home accurately.


Depending on the thermostat you’ve chosen for your home, the installation process varies. It’s best to reach out to professionals to ensure your thermostat is connected, compatible, and free of any defects. A successfully installed thermostat will lay the groundwork for effective temperature control in any home or business.

Our heating and cooling team at Stellar Services of North Florida, LLC. understands the importance of temperature control and its effects on comfortability in your home. We’re skilled in thermostat installation and can promptly install the best option for your family.

Gainesville’s Premier Thermostat Experts

Are you looking to upgrade your current thermostat? Stellar Services of North Florida, LLC. is the team to trust! We’ve been providing exceptional service to Gainesville and surrounding communities for almost a decade. You deserve ultimate control over your home’s temperature. Call us today at (352) 290-4919 or fill out our online contact form to get in touch.