Making the move from a manual thermostat to a digital upgrade can help you save energy year-round with very little effort. While all thermostats control when the HVAC system runs, choosing one that remembers your habits makes life simpler and can cut energy bills.
These guidelines can help you decide the device that’s right for your HVAC system.
Make note of your HVAC system’s make and model before getting started. The wiring in a new thermostat needs to be compatible with your current heating and cooling system. You can either hard-wire new thermostats into your home, power them on batteries, or use a battery-back up system so they don’t lose the set programming during power outages.
Decide on the Functions
Programmable thermostats offer different settings based on your habits. You can choose among 5-2 day models if you want to keep a separate schedule for the week and the weekend. A 5-1-1 model works well if you want to set a separate schedule for the week and both Saturday and Sunday. A 7-day model allows you to set a separate schedule for each day of the week.
Choose the Features
If you have a smart phone or reliable access to the Internet, a WiFi thermostat will offer you more options, allowing you to access it from anywhere, control your home’s temperatures, and learn how the system is performing. You can even set these up for alerts so you’re immediately informed when your system malfunctions and you need service.
On the other hand, you can select a thermostat upgrade that offers you some of these features without being able to access it remotely. Whether your thermostat is smart or not, choosing one with a “check air filter” light will also increase energy savings and lengthen the life of the HVAC system, since dirty filters increase energy consumption and shorten the equipment’s lifespan.
For professional assistance with a thermostat upgrade, call the pros at Gartner Heating & Cooling. We can help you find a compatible device and advise you on the function and features that work best for you. We’ve provided HVAC services for Chicago homeowners and those in the northern suburbs since 1985.
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