A thermostat is a crucial, yet often ignored, part of an HVAC system. It helps control energy use while maintaining indoor temperatures to promote optimal comfort.
All too often, though, thermostats are overlooked. To help you know when it’s time for a new thermostat, here’s a closer look at:
- Red flags that your thermostat may be failing
- How to choose the best new thermostat for your Akron-area home
6 Signs You May Need to Replace Your Thermostat
You may need a new thermostat when you notice:
- No airflow from your HVAC system
- A constantly running HVAC system
- A heating and cooling system that’s circulating warm air when the thermostat is set to cool (or vice versa)
- A blank thermostat display (if you have a digital, rather than a dial, model)
- Energy bills becoming increasingly higher each month
- A thermostat misreading the room temperature
In fact, whenever your HVAC system doesn’t seem to be performing as it should, checking your thermostat is usually a great place to start!
3 Factors to Consider When Replacing Your Thermostat
If all the signs point to thermostat replacement, here are some of the most important factors to consider when it’s time to select a new thermostat:
- Compatibility: Make sure you choose a replacement thermostat that is compatible with your current HVAC system. Choose a replacement thermostat that works with the voltage of your HVAC system, the existing thermostat’s location on the wall, and the number of heating and cooling stages of your system.
- Use: Think about how you like to use (interact with) your thermostat to effectively control your home heating system and cooling system. Do you prefer manually adjusting the thermostat? Or do you want the ability to program and remotely control your thermostat? How you prefer to use your thermostat and control your home’s comfort levels can help you decide the best type of thermostat to purchase for your home.
- Features: Which thermostat features do you want and need for convenience and to fit your lifestyle? These can include one-touch mode changes, voice control, remote WiFi control, energy usage reports, and more.
Given how essential your thermostat is to the performance of your HVAC system—and your home’s comfort, it’s always best to work with an experienced HVAC professional when you’re ready to replace your thermostat.
Popular Types of Thermostats for Akron & Northeast Ohio Homes
The three most popular types of thermostats, which offer unique features and options, include:
- Manual thermostats: This basic thermostat is a low-tech mechanical device that has a dial (which often has a red needle or pointer on it) for controlling temperature and comfort. Some units have a digital readout, displaying the temperature on an LED display and allowing for adjustments with buttons. While manual thermostats work just fine, they may not be the most convenient option because they don’t let you make temperature adjustments remotely. These thermostats may not also be the most energy-efficient option, as they can waste energy if you forget to turn the system down or off when leaving your home.
- Programmable thermostats: Programmable thermostats allow you to set your schedule and desired temperatures in advance. This way, you don’t have to manually adjust your thermostat or turn your HVAC system off/on before leaving your house. Instead, a programmable thermostat will automatically adjust to the programmed settings, creating the perfect temperatures when you’re at or away from home. This convenient system could save you a significant amount on utility bills.
- Smart home thermostats: A smart thermostat is remotely controlled via your computer, smartphone, or tablet. This provides the ultimate in convenience, comfort, and energy savings. With most smart home systems, you can use apps or other devices to control other home systems, like security systems, on the same online dashboard.
Ready to find out more about the best new thermostat for your Northeast Ohio home and HVAC system? Contact Blind & Sons online or call us at (330) 753-7711 today.
Our experts can help you find the right new thermostat for your comfort needs and budget!