You may not think that there is any reason to upgrade your thermostat unless it’s broken. After all, it doesn’t really experience wear and tear the way the rest of the heating system does. It doesn’t waste more energy by being an older model, like some heating units do. It’s just a control circuit hooked up to a sensor. You’d be surprised to learn, then, that there are actually many good reasons to upgrade your thermostat. Let’s examine some of the advantages you can gain by upgrading you thermostat.
Most old digital thermostats are only capable of being programmed for one temperature at a time. You set the temperature you want, and if you want to change that temperature you’ll have to reset it. Older thermostats don’t even have that function, forcing you to manually turn the heat on or off. New digital thermostats are capable of a degree of adaptability far beyond these older models. Not only are they programmable for a single set temperature, but they are capable of having different temperatures set for different times of the day and even different days of the week.
This may seem like a simple luxury, with no substantial impact on the efficiency of your heating system. Consider, however, the minor ways in which heating energy is wasted. Heating turning on when you’re not home, or when you’re asleep. These minor things add up over time, adding to the cost of your heating bill. With newer thermostats, those extra costs are almost completely mitigated.
Older digital thermostats are fairly limited in the information that they provide. Usually, they display the temperature, the desired temperature, and whether the heat is on or off. Modern thermostats, however, are capable of monitoring and displaying much more valuable information than that. For example, some thermostats are capable of measuring when the air filter in your heater needs to be changed. This information gives you greater control over the health and maintenance of your system.
If you’re interested in upgrading your thermostat, call Ace Air Conditioning. Our heating experts cover the whole Merced area.