Thermostats are often the most overlooked aspect of our A/C or heating systems. When the heat stops working, don’t panic! It might not be your furnace, it could easily be your thermostat, a relatively inexpensive and easy fix.
The thermostat is the ‘brains’ of your heating and cooling system. Lets say you’ve had your furnace tuned up, your filters all changed, and you are keeping your home at a reasonable temperature. If your heating bills are still sending you into a state of shock you may want to look at your thermostat. If your thermostat isn’t reading properly it can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to.
A thermostat is a thermostat right? Wrong! Thermostats today come with more features than you can possibly imagine. Not only can you program the thermostat to start warming up your home on your way home from work, many new thermostats can be controlled remotely, so if you have a late meeting or other schedule change your thermostat isn’t climbing with no one to enjoy the heat. If you are heading home early you can set your thermostat to warm up your home for you. No more sitting in a cold house waiting for the heat to kick in.
If you have kids who want to wear their summer gear indoors all winter, they may try to turn up the heat to keep toasty, without regard to the ever-climbing bill. So-called ‘smart’ thermostats can prevent this by only letting authorized users control the heat settings.
Many homeowners still have the thermostat that came with their house 10 or more years ago. We all know how fast technology changes and boosts the efficiency and safety of many household items that we take for granted. Take a look at some of the reasons a thermostat upgrade is a great low-cost investment that pays big dividends.
- A newer, digital thermostat is safer. That’s because older non-digital thermostats contain one of the highest levels of mercury found in household objects.
- Digital thermostats are eco-friendly, helping to reduce the 6-8 tons of mercury that ends up in our landfills every year.
- Because they have no moving parts, there’s no reason to have to call a technician in for repairs or calibration.
- Digital thermostats are programmable. That means you can start warming up the house for breakfast and a shower while you’re still fast asleep, or turn on the air conditioning in the summer before you get home from work so the house is nice and cool when you arrive.
- The biggest benefit from a digital thermostat is the fact that it saves energy, resulting in real money savings — in some cases up to $200 per year.
Wi-Fi Enabled Thermostats
A wi-fi enabled thermostat makes your life easier. They’re a little more expensive than a digital model, but at the end of the day, the savings will come back to you. Here are the benefits — see for yourself:
- Set the thermostat from the office (or anywhere else) for the exact temperature you want your house to be when you arrive home.
- They’re smart-device compatible. You can use your smart phone, tablet, laptop or pc to set your home’s temperature on the fly.
- A wi-fi thermostat gives you updates and alerts about the maintenance of the connected devices, like telling you when it’s time to change a filter, for example. This helps things run more productively for maximum efficiency.
- Wi-fi thermostats offer precision temperature control and real dollar savings, averaging around $250 per year, depending on your individual circumstances.
The Benefits of Upgrading Your Thermostat
Thermostats used to be ridiculously simple, but not in a good way. While there are some simplistic things that make life easier, outdated thermostats aren’t one of them. As thermostats have leaped forward in technology over the past few years, more and more homeowners have started to realize the hassle that comes with their outdated versions, not to mention the added electricity expenses that accompany them. More and more people have been going forward with thermostat replacement and upgrades, even if their older version is still working.
Why You Should Upgrade Before Your Old Thermostat Breaks
In some circumstances, it’s a money-saver to use what you have until you no longer can. Outdated thermostats that aren’t equipped with “smart technology” will actually cost you more money over time. While you’ll be out the money to initially upgrade and install the new thermostat, you will begin saving money on electricity bills as soon as the new one is installed. On average homeowners who replace their outdated thermostats with upgraded versions save around 20% on their heating and cooling bills. So, over time, it’ll actually cost you more to stick with your old version until it no longer works.
It Does the Work for You
Smart technology works for you, saving you money, by allowing you to program different temperatures for different times of the day. Are you going to be away from the house for a long period of time? Perhaps you don’t mind the temperature being a bit warmer during those hours. If so, you can program a higher “set temperature” during those hours, and set it to cool down again before you come home. Do you get warmer at night while you’re bundled up with covers? It’s not uncommon to wake up in the middle of the night and feel suffocated by the heat. However, if you set your old thermostat lower, you might be too cold when you wake up. Again, programming comes to the rescue. Set your desired temperature lower for most of the night, but have it warm the house an hour before you have to wake up and toss the warm covers off. Another great thing about smart thermostats is that many of them will switch between heating and cooling for you, ensuring that on days where the outside temperature is all over the place, your house remains at the perfect, desired temperature.
It doesn’t take much time or effort for our professionals to install your new thermostat, and once it’s done your thermostat will automatically download any updates to the software that’s needed over time. This will help keep you up to date with any and all advancements. Carrier Thermostats are compatible with almost any brand of heating or cooling system so everyone can reap the many benefits of the smart thermostat technology.
We provide three different Carrier thermostats for you to choose from so that you can ensure you’re getting exactly what you need for ultimate comfort.
Upgrade to the Best Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats aren’t only convenient, they also save energy and money when you use them properly. On today’s market the Nest Learning Thermostat is the best, smart thermostat replacement you can buy. You can control it remotely from your phone, tablet or with your voice.
Introduced in 2011 this smart thermostat Nest created this thermostat. They’re a company that’s led by Tony Fadell who’s credited as one of the major forces behind Apple’s iPod. Originally, this thermostat was a stylish, metal-and-glass, Wi-Fi enabled device. It has a brightly colored screen and you integrate it with your smart phone’s apps. According to Nest Labs their thermostat saves enough energy to pay for itself in about two years.
With the Nest Lab smart thermometer saves time and energy, another of its many great benefits is you can program it so you’re in control of the environment – when the temperature rises and falls. Installing it is as easy as connecting it to your business’ existing HVAC system. It’s important to remember that since your business probably has more than one zone in its HVAC system, you’ll need to buy more than one thermostat. Although the Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with multi zone HVAC systems, it can’t control more than one zone. You must place them throughout your business in the same way you’d place a traditional thermostat, but the similarities to traditional thermostats end there.
A quick Summary: Why Invest in a Thermostat Replacement
Homeowners are quite aware of their rising electrical bills. Many are working on ways to reduce electrical bills by conserving energy with their heating and air conditioning units. Not only will installing a digital programmable thermostat save you money but it will also conserve energy.
The digital thermostat will control the temperature based on air produced, air quality, and energy levels with a touch of a button or from your smartphone. You can download an app and control the temperature of your house while you are out so it will be nice and cozy when you arrive. It helps control the air in your house without the need for you to constantly change the thermostat based on how it feels in the house.
A digital programmable thermostat is one of the best thermostats on the market. It can be installed in almost every type of home which provides room temperature control. It has a number of features, including touch-tone feature along with live weather forecasts and alert systems. These highly advanced thermostats are much more sophisticated than most thermostats. The traditional or older thermostats allow you to control the temperature for the whole house. Since some rooms are hotter than others and some rooms are not being used, the new digital programmable thermostats allow you to control each room separately, which allows the temperature to either increase or shut off, which in turn saves you money on energy.
These kinds of thermostats are great for climates that change often, and not just change with the seasons but those that can change in a day. Instead of manually changing the temperature in the house, the thermostat will automatically adjust to the weather changes. Another feature is that it allows easy access to your HVAC system through a wireless connection. You can control your HVAC systems while using a computer, smart phone or even a tablet. So when you are away on vacation, work, or out for an extended period of time, you can easily control the temperature in the house. For more information, please contact us.