Reasons to Replace a Thermostat
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Reasons to Replace a Thermostat

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Sometimes I really can’t believe how advanced the HVAC world has become.  After attending HVAC trade shows for over a year now, I’ve seen so much new technology that I never would have dreamed would be possible.  I believe it was in the second Back to the Future movie, released about 25 years ago, where they flash to the year 2015 and a computer is essentially running their home and doing everything for them.  Well, they were pretty accurate. Minus the floating hover boards and flying cars, which I’m a little disappointed still hasn’t happened yet. 

Thermostats have come a long way as well, to the point where you can actually talk to them and tell them what to do.  But fancy new capabilities are just some of the reasons why you should upgrade your thermostat. Below I’ve listed some good reasons on when and why it’s time to replace a thermostat.

It isn’t functioning well.

Here’s a good test to see if your thermostat is still functioning properly: Set the thermostat at least 5 degrees higher or lower than your normal setting (5 degrees higher than normal during heating season, and 5 degrees lower during cooling season). Check that the appropriate device (heat or AC) comes on. If it doesn’t, it may be time to replace it.

Another test is to see how evenly heated/cooled your place is. For example, in my apartment the heat will be on full blast and the living room is nice and toasty, but as soon as I step into my bedroom it’s drastically colder.  Trust me, I have been trying to rally for my apartment complex to upgrade their thermostats for a while!

Lower energy bills.

Switching from a mercury/older thermostat to a programmable one can be a great way to cut back on your energy bills. By using the proper thermostat settings you can cut your annual energy bills by a savings that often pays for the price of a new thermostat.

Automatic temperature setting changes.

A programmable thermostat allows you to set your temperature settings once and it will automatically adjust them for you after that. Easy peasy!

Detailed information about your HVAC system.

Many new thermostat models now offer additional insight into your system, such as reminders when it’s time to change your filter and alerts if a problem is found.

And of course, if you upgrade from a mercury thermostat, please make sure the old thermostat gets recycled.  In certain states, contractors are actually prohibited from disposing of mercury thermostats they have removed from service, and they also aren’t allowed to leave them on a customer’s premise.  And if you are installing a thermostat yourself, visit our find a site page to find your nearest collection site. They will be happy to take the old mercury thermostat from you to recycle, free of charge!