And if your thermostat is outdated, does it matter?
Well, yes. Using outdated technologies often means you aren’t getting the most efficient or cost-friendly use out of them, and your thermostat is no exception. Your heater and air conditioner can be the highest-efficiency systems on the market, but with a malfunctioning, or old and ineffective thermostat, that might not mean much.
The thermostat is essentially the brain of your HVAC system, tasked with maintaining a comfortable temperatures inside your home. Today’s thermostats—smart thermostats but even the basic digital thermostat is an upgrade from the old manual slider devices still found in any homes—can do so much more than an outdated device. You may be wondering, “Do I really need a thermostat that can do more than just set temperatures?”
Of course you can keep things basic, but a smart thermostat offers a number of benefits that can save you energy, money, and frustration.
The Smart Thermostat Advantage
You’ll benefit from a number of factors by upgrading to a smart thermostat. Some advantages of such an upgrade include:
- Saving Money: A smart, programmable thermostat enables you to preset certain temperatures for specific times. For example, you can set the thermostat to lower temperatures automatically during the night or while you’re away from home. This can help you save up to 10% per year on heating and cooling costs, just by setting an appropriate temperature.
- Convenience: There are some smart thermostats on the market that can create programs on their own, so you don’t have to think too hard about how to best adjust the temperatures in your home. They essentially learn from your heating and cooling preferences to adjust automatically.
- Wi-Fi Capabilities: By connecting your thermostat to your homes wireless internet connecting, the device can be controlled form anywhere you are with an app on your phone or tablet. This means there’s no need to run up your utility bills if you forget to turn off your heater or air conditioner before you leave for work.
- Environmental Adjustment: Just like smart thermostats can learn from your preferences, many updated devices can even analyze local weather conditions outside the home and make adjustments based on heightened humidity, unexpected temperature fluctuations, and more. This helps preserve the desired temperature in your home without wasting energy.
Even though a thermostat is a small device, you want to make sure you work with an experienced professional to have it installed. Installing a thermostat incorrectly or in the wrong spot can lead to inefficiency, whether it is a smart thermostat or a basic digital system.
If you’re unsure if a smart thermostat is right for you, we encourage you to call our pros. We’re happy to explore your options with you and look into any other efficiency concerns you have with your HVAC systems. We take a whole-home approach to your indoor comfort, meaning we look at not only your thermostat and HVAC efficiency and effectiveness but also any indoor air quality opportunities you might have.