Even if your thermostat is working fine, you can save money by replacing it. “How is that?”, you may ask. Setting and adjusting the temperature is keeping your home comfortable. But like many things, a thermostat is no longer just a thermostat. You can get many new features and options with an upgrade. We’ll go into more detail below about how a thermostat replacement can save money.
Older Thermostats Are Less Accurate
Manual thermostats are notoriously less accurate. Many have a dial or slider you move to align a mark with a number. But you might not always hit the actual number you want. A difference of just a degree or two can significantly impact energy usage. After all, HVAC efficiency is strongly dependent on the temperature at which you set the system.
If you have an older thermostat, you’re likely familiar with the chore of adjusting it again and again to get the right temperature. Frequent adjustments can strain your HVAC system. On the other hand, newer thermostats have digital displays that show temperature very precisely. You can essentially set it and forget it.
Programmable Thermostats Let You Set a Schedule
Running your AC continuously at the same temperature is not energy efficient. A programmable thermostat can be set according to your schedule. This means you can turn it up or down when you’re asleep, at work, or on vacation. Consider the benefits if, for 8 hours a day, you set the thermostat back 7℉ to 10℉ in summer, or down 10℉ in winter. It can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling costs!
That doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort. If you know when you’ll be home, program the system to turn on the AC or heater before you arrive home. You’ll save energy all day, but return to a comfortable environment.
Getting the Most Out of Thermostat Replacement
To make things even easier, invest in a smart thermostat that can learn your habits or be controlled from your smartphone. It takes about a week for it to learn your habits. Some units even provide advice on improving HVAC efficiency.
Nevertheless, they’re always working to help you save. You may have forgotten to turn the temperature up or down before you left. All you need to do is make the adjustment on a smartphone app. You can be down the street or on the other side of the world. Having a Wi-Fi thermostat lets you adjust the temperature at home any time, from anywhere, so you don’t waste energy and money.
Other Thermostat Replacement Perks
Replacing your thermostat allows you to take advantage of other benefits, including:
- The option to adjust the temperature based on weather conditions, via your smartphone.
- More precisely control the temperature in select rooms; or, turn down the AC in rooms you’re not using.
- Compatibility with popular voice assistants, such as Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant.
As you can see, the latest thermostats are designed to help you save energy. When you reduce the amount of energy consumed, you can lower your utility bills and spend less on monthly heating and cooling costs.
IRBIS Can Help with Thermostat Replacement
The thermostat is the nerve center of your HVAC system. The more accurately it can control the AC or heater, the more energy you can save. If the system does not respond as it should, your home isn’t as comfortable, or the temperature keeps fluctuating, it’s probably time for a new thermostat. Fortunately, our HVAC professionals can assist with thermostat installation/replacement; to learn more or schedule an appointment, call 669-266-5464 today.