Thermostats: Which Thermostat Do You Need?

Honeywell-Thermostats-KitsA thermostat provides the control signal to a cooling/heating unit. If you don’t have a thermostat in your home, the unit will not respond to temperature changes in the home. There are a few things you should determine before purchasing a thermostat. The most important is finding out what system you have and determining if your desired thermostat is compatible with your home heating/cooling system. Be sure to check with a professional to see if your home system is compatible with your desired thermostat. It is also important to determine the features you desire and then choose the best model for your home.

Filtersfast.com offers great thermostats for your home at affordable prices.

Honeywell-Vision-PRO-8000Programmable Thermostats:  A programmable thermostat is designed to adjust the temperature according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at different times during the day.

Why consider a programmable thermostat?  They are useful for those who are on-the-go and prefer not to manually adjust the temperature in their home at different times during the day. According to EnergyStar, homeowners can save $180 per year by changing your thermostat to a  programmable thermostat. By reducing the temperature during the period that you are away each day, you can stop losing money and save energy.

Customer Favorite: We agree with toptenreviews.com that the Honeywell VisionPRO 8000 is one of the easiest to program and install. This thermostat is programmable up to seven days in advance and features up to 3 heating and 2 cooling stages.

Best Value: The Hunter Set and Save Programmable Thermostat is Energy-Star compliant and features an easy to read digital display for better convenience.

Honeywell-Thermostat-PRO-3000Non Programmable Thermostats: A non-programmable thermostat has the ability to regulate room temperature to one desired set point. The setting must be manually changed if a new temperature setting is desired.

Why consider a non programmable thermostat? Since a non-programmable thermostat does not keep programmed information, the controls are simpler than those found on programmable thermostats, eliminating some of the confusion.

Customer Favorite: The Honeywell Pro 3000 is a quality non programmable thermostat that features easy to use controls and precise comfort settings for your convenience.

Best Value: The Supco Non Programmable Thermostat is used with conventional systems and single stage heat pumps. Installation is easy and features a large LCD screen for your added convenience.

For information on how to install a digital thermostat, view our previous blog. At Filtersfast.com we offer thermostats from Honeywell, Hunter, Supco and more. Visit our website to choose the best thermostat for your home.

Change Your Filters for Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time is approaching for those of us who live in the United States. We set our clocks one hour forward in the spring, which means that we set them back one hour on Sunday, November 6. Daylight Savings Time also happens to be the perfect opportunity to remember to change, replace, or inspect your air and water filters, which we previously discussed in our Energy Conserving Tips guide. Here are a few recommendations that will help improve the quality of your home and save you money on energy costs:

Replace your air furnace filters

Air filters should be replaced every 3-6 months depending on your indoor air quality and the conditions where you live. With the proper air filter you will be able to reduce airborne contaminants in your home, including dust, dirt, and various allergens.

We sell a complete line of air furnace filters that will provide you with the high indoor air quality you deserve. The Filters Fast Air & Furnace Filters Merv 11, 6-pack is a solid choice that is both economical and highly effective.

Replace your refrigerator filters

Refrigerator filters help deliver refreshingly clean, cold water to your home by removing chlorine and off tastes and odors. Several refrigerator filters will also be able to remove even more harmful contaminants, such as cysts, lead, mercury, pesticides and more. Refrigerator filters will also provide clean ice, so that the other drinks you serve will be free of off flavors.

Two popular choices are the Maytag Puriclean II UKF8001 Filter and the GE MWF SmartWater Filter, though your choice ultimately depends on which refrigerator water filter is most compatible with the refrigerator you have at home.

Replace your humidifier filter

A humidifier releases clean moisture throughout your home in order to relieve the symptoms associated with dry air. You and your family will breathe more comfortably and have relief from cough and cold symptoms, such as itchy throat and cough. Humidifier filters should be replaced regularly and Daylight Savings Time is a great reminder to do so. Our website lists our humidifier filters based on brand, so you can find out which filter best matches your humidifier.

Several popular choices include the Aprilaire 35 humidifier water panel evaporator and the Holmes HWF100 Humidifier Filter.

Upgrade your thermostat

In today’s day and age it’s a good idea to upgrade your old thermostat to a digital thermostat, which offers you more comfort and convenience, as well as total control over your home’s air quality. Recently we discussed how to install a digital thermostat, which is easier to do than you might imagine. A quality digital thermostat will have a menu and several control options for added versatility.

An excellent option is to upgrade to the Honeywell Vision PRO 8000 Thermostat or the Honeywell PRO 4000 Programmable Thermostat 1007.

While it’s tough to remember when exactly to change your air and water filters, try to view Daylight Savings Time as the best opportunity to maintain the best indoor air quality and water filtration in your home.

How to Install a Digital Thermostat

Honeywell Vision PRO 8000

Honeywell Vision PRO 8000

A good thermostat allows you to regulate the temperature of your home and maintain optimal comfort. An outdated thermostat can often be problematic because it offers less versatility. If you haven’t done so already, buying a digital thermostat is a must. With multiple settings and easy programming, you can set the desired temperature in your home with little to no trouble.

Currently, we offer the Honeywell Vision PRO 8000 Thermostat as a featured product, along with several other digital thermostats. The Honeywell Vision PRO 8000 features a touch-screen, menu-driven programming, and a real-time clock that keeps time during power failures and updates the time for daylight savings. The programming feature on this digital thermostat is one of its most cost-saving and energy-conserving components. You will be able to program your thermostat to shut off when you’re on vacation and to turn on before you arrive home, which can save you money.

Installing a new digital thermostat may seem daunting, but it’s quite simple if you follow these instructions.

  1. Read through the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Turn off the breaker or fuse panel that powers your thermostat.
  3. Remove your old thermostat.
  4. Remove the cover plate.
  5. Remove mounting screws.
  6. Carefully remove wires and keep note of which color wires connects to which terminal. Also, tie the wires together carefully so they do not fall behind the wall.
  7. Remove the thermostat base by removing mounting screws.
  8. Install the new mounting plate with new anchors, usually provided by the manufacturer. Position the plate over the old anchors or drill new holes if the plate will not fit.
  9. Connect the wires. If you kept note of where the colored wires fit, this will be easier.
  10. Attach the new thermostat to the base and insert batteries.
  11. Install the cover (this might need to be mounted with screws).
  12. Turn the power back on and test the thermostat.
  13. Follow the programming instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Installation should take between 15-20 minutes. When in doubt, refer to the manufacturer instructions for more details.