While plenty of people are on top of it when it comes to replacing their heaters and air conditioners in a timely manner, though, very few of them upgrade their thermostats as often as they should. This is rather silly, considering that the thermostat is responsible for controlling all climate control systems. It doesn’t matter how big and expensive your heater or air conditioner is if it doesn’t have a reliable thermostat to operate it. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t know when to replace their thermostats, don’t worry. Read on to find out when the best time to replace your thermostat is, and why you should do it.
When to Replace your Thermostat
Generally, it’s a good idea to replace your thermostat roughly as often as you replace your climate control systems. So, every time you replace your air conditioner or heater, you should be installing a new thermostat as well. This ensures that you’re not leaving your thermostat in the proverbial dust by installing systems that it may not know how to operate as efficiently, which brings us to our next point.
Why You Should Upgrade Your Thermostat
You generally want to upgrade your thermostat for the same reasons you upgrade any other part of your home’s systems. As thermostats age and wear out, they begin to experience similar problems as older heaters or air conditioners. The efficiency of the thermostat drops, as it becomes less and less able to accurately detect the temperature levels in the room. The dead zone, that temperature range where the thermostat should activate, but doesn’t, will gradually start to grow wider and wider. Not only do these kinds of issues affect your comfort levels, but they start to cost you more to operate your climate control systems on a monthly basis. Replacing your thermostat is a good way to make sure that any lost efficiency from using your old thermostat is remedied before it starts to have serious negative effects on your home.
Types of Thermostats
Another reason to upgrade your thermostat is that it actually allows you to take advantage of some of the more recent advances in thermostat technology that may have come on the market in the last decade. Wireless thermostats, for example, dramatically extend the effective range of your thermostat by using wireless satellite units that can be carried from room to room.
Smart thermostats learn from your climate control habits over the first few weeks of using one. After it’s spent some time “observing” you, it will be able to adjust your climate the way you like it without you actually having to touch the system at all. This both saves energy and makes your home more comfortable in the process. These are just a few of the different types of thermostats available on the market today.
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