Today, you have a wide range of options when you're choosing an environmental control system, and the systems aren't limited to on/off. Installing a programmable control system with both a thermostat and a humidistat is the best practice to maximize home comfort.
There are three major types of control systems available to homeowners today:
The first step above a standard on/off thermostat is a control system that allows homeowners to program the temperature for certain times of the day. These systems have wireless, mobile thermostats that can be placed anywhere in the home.
The second type of control system is similar to the programmable thermostat, but it can also monitor and adjust humidity levels. High humidity can make for very uncomfortable living spaces, and increase the wear and tear on a home over time. Homes are healthier and more durable if humidity is kept in check, especially during the extreme temperatures of summer and winter.
The third and most aggressive type of control system also uses a programmable thermostat and humidistat. In addition, it incorporates a sophisticated ductwork system to maintain specific temperatures in each room. This system allows occupants to create a comfort zone wherever they are. This feature really comes in handy if one part of the home receives a lot of afternoon sun while another part is cool in the shadows.
Unlike the first programmable thermostats that were introduced to the marketplace, today's models are easy to use, have large display panels and offer the homeowner more choices in time controls. Some systems take the technology one step further, allowing homeowners to monitor and program their control systems over the Internet.
Homes with advanced control systems offer the homeowner a more durable, comfortable living environment, and can help reduce energy bills as well. Today, getting to the comfort zone is as easy as knowing what's available, and how to program your way there.
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