A New Thermostat: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Thermostats have come a long way in recent years. Many homeowners think that a thermostat is a thermostat; it only does one thing. While this is true in a broad sense, there are many things that modern thermostats do to make life easier. They can make troubleshooting HVAC issues easier, alert homeowners of an impending problem, and even help the system function at peak efficiency, saving homeowners money all year long. But it can be hard to know when to get a new thermostat. Read on to discover telltale signs that a home’s thermostat is failing and should be replaced.
How to Tell When a Thermostat Needs Replacing
The most obvious sign that a thermostat needs replacing is if it’s unresponsive. When turning on a fan or switching from heating to cooling doesn’t work, it’s probably an issue with the thermostat. But the same goes for getting an HVAC system to turn off. If the fan is constantly running and making adjustments at the thermostat does nothing, it’s an issue with the thermostat.
It’s also a good idea to check that the temperature in the house is what the thermostat is set to. Of course, if the house is zoned, there may be different temperatures in different areas. But, if it’s not zoned, cold or warm spots in the home is usually a sign of a faulty thermostat.
Different Types of Thermostats
There are four main types of thermostats: programmable, non-programmable (manual), wifi, and smart. Programmable thermostats are the most common these days, allowing homeowners to input a schedule by time of day and day of the week. Non-programmable thermostats are still often found in many apartments and older homes. They require manual adjustments to change the settings.
Wifi thermostats are becoming popular for those people who like control over their home’s HVAC system even when away. The thermostat is connected to the internet via wifi, making it possible to control the settings with a phone from anywhere with service or internet connection. Finally, smart thermostats are fast becoming popular for their many benefits. A smart thermostat will “learn” a home’s preferences and schedule in order to optimize the HVAC system while increasing energy efficiency.
Smart Thermostat Benefits
Smart thermostats provide the best of all worlds. Like wifi thermostats, it’s possible to access a smart thermostat from a smartphone. Many of these also integrate into voice control systems and even alert the homeowners when it’s time for maintenance. Instead of spending time programming the thermostat, homeowners allow the smart technology to do the work.
A smart thermostat will continue learning schedules and preferences in order to anticipate when to heat or cool and when to save energy, which can lower a home’s carbon footprint while saving money. All the while, the thermostat is recording the information on energy usage, making it easy for homeowners to see their energy usage before they even get their bill. It’s also possible for some smart thermostats to note incoming weather and adjust the temperature accordingly.
For those tech-savvy homeowners - or simply ones that want to save money - a new thermostat is a gift that keeps on giving.
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