nest thermostats

Thermostats: The Brain of your HVAC system

The thermostat permits you to manage the temperature inside your home by managing how the cooling or heating system functions. Most thermostats regulate the heating and cooling operations of your HVAC system to keep temperatures within the ranges you specify so that your home stays comfortable for you and your family.

1. Simple ON/OFF Thermostats

An ON/OFF thermostat is easily the most basic one you can have.  These simple devices are basically switches that turn your HVAC system on and off.  Like light switches, these switches require you to manually turn them off or on, and will stay how you place them until they are again manually changed.  Somewhat more complicated thermostats allow you to set a temperature limit above or below which the cooling or heating system will be activated to maintain the temperature above or below the set limit.  More modern variations on this simple thermostat have an Automatic function that allows the user to set a temperature range, within which the HVAC unit will cool or heat the home to maintain the home within the specified range.

2. Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats can be scheduled to automatically heat or cool at certain times of the day, within the set temperature range(s).  These thermostats can be set to have the house warm up before you get out of bed, or automatically have your bedrooms cool for nighttime. These will usually also have a separate fan switch to allow for continuous air circulation even when no heat is required. This is a useful feature to have if you have a high-quality air filter which will be cleaning the air 24/7. This constant air circulation also helps even out the temperature between rooms, reducing “hot” or “cold” zones within your home.

3. Smart Thermostat

The last few years have seen the introduction of advanced Smart Thermostats, which have a wide variety of functions and capabilities. Activity/motion sensors enable the thermostats to sense when people are actually in your house. Whenever the house is empty, the thermostats smartly modify the temperature to help you lower energy costs. These devices can also learn (or be programmed to know) when you frequently get home. The thermostat will then regulate the temperature to your desired level prior to your arrival so that you can always come home to a comfortable house.
Smart thermostats can be managed through the primary device itself, a mobile phone/tablet app, or even with your voice. These techniques provide ease of control of your HVAC unit and home temperature(s) regardless of where you are. Most models have additional features such as ‘vacation mode’, which lets you use the app to set your house at a less active, lower energy, less expensive temperature level.
Most Smart Thermostats can control several mini-split units simultaneously. For homes with multiple Split units, each of these units can be individually controlled both from the thermostat or from the mobile app. This is not only convenient but also quite cost-effective, allowing you to keep your HVAC system operations at the lowest possible level.
If you’re thinking about replacing your current thermostat, or installing a new HVAC unit and want to discuss your options, talk with your ServiceXCEL technician, call us at (250) 760-0898 or visit our web page: www.servicexcel.ca. We’re always willing to speak with you about the types of thermostats that are compatible with your unit, and the capabilities of a new thermostat to save you money and have a more comfortable home.

Audrey Primavera
Audrey Primavera
Brock Trimmer came and installed a brand new heat pump. He put carpeting down inside our home when installing the unit on the wall and vacuumed up after he was done. He did an outstanding job and told us all about our heat pump unit. He set up the remote for us on auto, and as seniors, this was very helpful for us. Friendly and efficient, we absolutely enjoyed the experience of the heat pump installation.
Irene Pady
Irene Pady
Very good service technicians Matt and Dillion neat clean and a job well done!
Ava Scrase
Ava Scrase
Hats off to Servicexcel: Paul did a fantastic job of executing the work we’d been quoted to repair our Heat Pump, and the repairs came in under budget. He was professional and courteous while explaining the work required and conducting the repairs at our home, and I will have no hesitation in using you folks again for future requirements. Thanks again for looking after our family’s needs – have a great weekend all!
Sylvia Dunn
Sylvia Dunn
We would like to acknowledge the young men whom we had the pleasure of meeting and the excellent job they did installing our new AC and gas furnace. They went above and beyond their jobs, working on an exceptionally hot day well into over eight hours, leaving only when the job was thoroughly and efficiently done. We are now relaxing in a comfortable home thanks to Eric, Aaron and Levi. We would certainly recommend your company and the fine employees to our friends.
Tamara Cameron
Tamara Cameron
Sean and Josh were friendly and professional. Really knew their stuff!
Bill McRitchie
Bill McRitchie
The two technicians who installed our ductless heat pump system were Matt and Levi. The electrician was Raul. All three of these men demonstrated outstanding workmanship, knowledge and patience with a willingness to provide information on work to be carried out as well, as instruction in system operation. They are a credit to Servicexcel.
Nathan Jones-Dill
Nathan Jones-Dill
We used service excel because we had heard so much about them And Isabella was just so helpful and friendly. They came to install our heat pump when they said they would and that means a lot to me .Mason was very professional. As soon as he showed up he got right to work and got the job done even though it meant putting in a long day. Good work service excel!
Y D
Y D
Had a heat pump installed with 1 hiccup and the staff (installers, electrician, office staff) all handles the situation in a really professional manner... Will definitely use them again when I add additional units to the house. Thanks again!
Michael Simard
Michael Simard
Yes, they excel in service! Brock and Kent were polite, expertise and efficient. Great company from first call to end result. Michael
Janet W.
Janet W.
Everything about dealing with ServicExcel was a great experience. The customer service reps on the phone (Cameo and Jennifer) were both wonderful and even organized all the rebate paperwork for me. Eric who gave me my quote explained the options and procedures fully and patiently answered all my questions. The installation team (Aaron, Raoul and Jude) were cheerful and efficient and cleaned up after themselves so well I couldn't tell they were even in my house... except for the fabulous cool air coming from my brand new heat pump! I would recommend these folks in a heartbeat to anyone who wants to switch from a gas furnace to a heat pump system.
Reviews