Do You Need to Upgrade Your Thermostat?

A thermostat is one of those things in your home that you probably use quite a bit but rarely think about. Your thermostat is connected to your HVAC system and gauges the temperature of your home to tell your HVAC whether you need higher or lower heat or cool air.

Not only is a faulty thermostat going to make you uncomfortable and bothered by temperatures that are too low or too high, but it’s also going to drive your utility bills up.

What’s more, in recent years, thermostats have advanced quite a bit. No longer are we required to turn a dial and squint to see where we’ve set the temperature and what the current temperature in the room is.

So if you have a faulty thermostat or want better and more convenient control over your thermostat, it may be worth an upgrade.

Replacing a broken thermostat:
If the heat or air conditioner isn’t working in your house, it’s usually the HVAC system or the thermostat itself that isn’t working. Unfortunately, you can’t upgrade your thermostat before you’re sure that the issue lies with the thermostat, or you’ll be sorely disappointed when your heat or AC still isn’t working.

The best thing to do when you have a thermostat or HVAC problem is to contact an HVAC professional. They will be able to determine the cause of the problem and recommend a fix. If it is just a faulty thermostat, then you have the option of upgrading to a new model like a programmable or smart thermostat.

Upgrading your thermostat:
Even if you don’t think your thermostat is broken, you may still benefit from an upgrade. A thermostat that is ten years or older may not work as efficiently as a new one. Inefficient thermostats equal an inefficient HVAC system that will cost you more money in the long run.

Also, if you’re thinking about upgrading your thermostat to save money on a newer, more efficient model, it may be worth it to consider other ways to save money on your utility bills. One major way that homeowners are saving money is by replacing their ACs or supplementing them, with whole house fans.

Whole house fans cycle the air throughout the whole home to replace the hot, humid, and polluted air with fresh, cool outdoor air. During heat waves when your attic is overheating or the nights cool down, you can easily pump out that hot inside air and cool down your house much more efficiently than you would with an air conditioner.

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