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Chapter 1: Identifying your heating and cooling system. Thermostats are designed to work with specific heating and cooling systems. It’s important that you know your system type before you install your new Honeywell thermostat.

This video will help identify which type of heating and cooling system you have in your home so you can determine if the lyric thermostat is compatible with your system. The most common system is conventional forced air. If you have a heating or cooling system with vents that warm or cool air blow out of. You have a forced air system. A heat pump is like a standard air conditioner except it provides both heating and cooling. A heat pump can work with or without a backup heat source.

Hot water heating system circulate water or steam through pipes or radiators from a boiler. Hot water systems pump water through baseboard heaters or radiators to heat the home. Steam systems boil water and use pressure to distribute steam to radiators. If your home uses electric baseboard heat, it will feature long metal units installed along the baseboard of the floor. Baseboard or line voltage heat runs on 120 or 240 volts. Fireplace floor and wall furnaces are typically a gas heating source such as a gas wall heater, in floor radiant system, gas fireplace, or a gas log or pellet decorative heating stove.

Once you identify which heating and cooling system you have, you’re ready to determine if the lyric thermostat is the right fit for your home. Visit for more information on their compatibility.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Check the front of the heating unit to determine whether it is powered by gas or electric. A gas heat exchanger uses a burner to produce heat. There is a small window on the front of the heater where you can see a blue flame glowing. You can also hear the noise of the gas burner.

The fastest way to determine whether you have a heat pump or not is to turn the heat on at your thermostat. Once you feel hot air coming through your vents, walk outside and see if the outdoor unit is running. So if the outside unit is running and producing heat, then you have a heat pump.

In general, electric furnaces have lower upfront costs than their gas counterparts. However, gas furnaces are usually less expensive to operate because the cost of gas tends to be less expensive than the cost of electricity.

Two-stage operation, or two-stage cooling, means the air conditioner or heat pump has a compressor with two levels of operation: high for hot summer days and low for milder days. By comparison, a single-stage air conditioner or heat pump either runs at full power or cycles off.

You don’t have to deal with two separate systems, a furnace and a central air conditioner. With a heat pump, there’s only one system to install, maintain, repair or replace. Furnaces are powered by limited resources like oil and gas.

Electric and gas water heaters work differently to provide hot water to a household.
  1. Remove the access panel on the side of the water heater and look inside for a blue flame.
  2. Look at the top of the heater for an electrical supply cord.
  3. Search for a black pipe going into the bottom of the tank.
Furnaces should be installed in your basement or a mechanical room near the center of your house — not in a vented attic, vented crawl space, or garage.
The main advantage of gas central heating is that it is cheaper, per unit, than electricity. On top of this, gas boilers are getting more and more efficient. … You can look into getting a new boiler here. However, gas central heating is not without its problems.
Which heating system is the best for you?
  • Oil condensing technology.
  • Gas condensing technology.
  • Wood / pellets (Biomass)
  • Heat pump.
  • Solar.
  • Combined heat and power generation.
As a rough guide, to install central heating into an average three-bed property with no heating system will cost between around £3,235–£4,200, based on a tradesperson’s day rate of around £200, plus £100 per day for a labourer if they are needed.

*The information above does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of a qualified attorney.

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