Thermostats are tightly integrated with your heating and cooling system, but that doesn’t mean you have to use the same thermostat throughout the lifetime of your furnace and air conditioner. In fact, there are a number of reasons why you might consider replacing your current thermostat even if you won’t be replacing your heating and cooling system any time soon. Today we’re going to talk about 5 situations when you should consider replacing your thermostat and how it can benefit your home!
5 situations when you should consider replacing your thermostat
- You’re replacing your heating and cooling system. Perhaps the most obvious time that you’ll want to replace your thermostat is when you install a new heating and cooling system. It’s rare that you’ll want to keep the same thermostat when you switch to a new system for a couple of reasons. For one, your thermostat is likely old and there are sure to be much better models out there now than there were when your current thermostat was installed. Also, your current thermostat might not be compatible with the design and features of the system that you’re about to install.
- You’re adding a zoning system. A zoning system divides your home into separate sections that each have their own thermostat. In addition to installing more thermostats in your home when you add a zoning system, you might need to replace your current thermostat. That’s because not every thermostat is compatible with a zoning system, so you’ll likely need to replace your current unit with a thermostat that can control zoned heating and cooling.
- You have a manual thermostat. Do you have to walk up to your thermostat and change it manually every time that you want to adjust your home’s temperature levels? If so, you should consider replacing your manual thermostat with a programmable model. A programmable thermostat allows you to save different settings for different times of the day, and it will adjust itself automatically without you having to lift a finger.
- You prefer a touchscreen display. We live in a digital world where most of our gadgets are controlled by touchscreens instead of manual buttons. Touchscreens are not only easier to use, but they also tend to look better on a wall. If you have an outdated dial or button thermostat, consider replacing it with one that has a touchscreen display.
- You want to control your thermostat remotely. More and more appliances are being designed with “smart” capabilities that connect them to the Internet, and thermostats are no exception. If you’d like to monitor and adjust your home’s comfort levels remotely, consider replacing your thermostat with a Wi-Fi enabled model like the Sensi from White Rodgers.
If you have any questions about when to replace your thermostat, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis air conditioning contractor. We provide service all over the St. Louis area, including towns like Ballwin, Chesterfield and Clarkson Valley, MO.
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