Gain Control of Your Home Comfort with Programmable and WiFi Thermostats
Thermostats are an integral part of your home, no matter what climate you live in. That’s why it’s so important to take care of them. With regular maintenance, a good understanding of how your thermostat works, and what kind you need in your home, your home’s thermostat will last for years!
Our experts at A+ Heating & Cooling – Electrical can help with everything thermostats – whether you need a replacement, a repair or just more information, we’re the ones to call!
Why is Thermostat Replacement Important?
Many older homes have manual thermostats, which can be inconvenient and imprecise. Some people shy away from newer, more technological models because of costs, but they actually save you money in the long run. These newer models are much more energy efficient and are likely better suited to your home.
There is nothing wrong with manual thermostats, however, and the one in your home may still be functioning fine. But replacing a manual model with a newer, smart or programmable thermostat may be better for your HVAC system and home indoor air quality. These energy efficient options will reduce your energy waste and your utility bills.
What’s the Best Thermostat for My Home?
HVAC thermostats come in many sizes, shapes and capabilities. Some homes are better suited to certain types over others, so it’s important to get the opinion of experienced professionals like our team.
Here are the general categories of thermostats that you should know about:
Manual thermostats are very common, especially in older homes and buildings. They are relatively easy to use and have been around for many years, and they are not terribly expensive. Choose and set your temperature, and let the system do the rest.
They allow you to easily switch from heating to cooling, and you can choose on, off or fan to circulate the air. Though useful and easy to use, they are quite limited and do not offer a lot of options.
Programmable models are similar to manual in many ways, but they offer a little more flexibility. Where manual options only allow for a single “hot” or single “cool” setting and must be changed by hand when needed, programmable options let you set cool or hot to change throughout the day.
No unnecessary trips to the unit are needed – set up a schedule to heat or cool (or turn off) throughout the day, and let it go!
These models still need to be adjusted by hand occasionally, but they’re easy to set up for your daily routine.
WiFi Connected Thermostats
With a WiFi enabled thermostat, you can have increased efficiency and greater control. These models connect directly to your home or building’s wireless internet, and you can easily adjust the settings using your smartphone, computer or tablet.
It can even be used to set up a scheduled routine based on your comings and goings and can be especially handy when you have long trips or time away booked!
These are, by far, the best option for any home. They offer the most complete control and comfort level.
Smart thermostats can be more expensive than the other options, but when used correctly, they can significantly lower energy consumption and utility bills. This also means a smaller carbon footprint, which helps the environment.
Smart thermostats have multiple settings that can account for the weather around your home and automatically adjust the heating and cooling to provide the best balance of comfort and efficiency. Some models can even “learn” your usage routines based on when your home is occupied and your preferred temperature!
DIY Thermostat Installation vs. Professional Thermostat Installation
Like anything else, you always have the option of trying to replace your home thermostat system yourself. The task can be tedious or frustrating, and there is always a risk of messing up, which could cost you more in repairs. Calling a professional will save you from the risk of faulty installations or accidentally damaging your entire HVAC system.
The systems we use in most modern homes today require installation by trained technicians. This is exactly what our experts at A+ Heating & Cooling – Electrical are here to help you with. When installed properly by one of our NATE-certified technicians, a modern thermostat can save you energy, money and time. We’ll be able to check that everything’s working properly and leave you with a brand new, fully working system.
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