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.