Without a doubt, thermostats are a vital part of a home’s heating and cooling control. That’s why you want to make sure your thermostat is doing its job. So how do you know when to replace it?
Here are four questions you need to answer when deciding if you need to replace your thermostat.
1. Is it working?
This may seem like an obvious question but you might be blaming temperature troubles on your furnace or air conditioner. Turn the thermostat until you hear a “click” and wait for your HVAC system’s response. If you don’t hear a “click” and the unit doesn’t come on or go off, your thermostat might be faulty.
2. Can you repair it?
Once you figure out that your thermostat isn’t working right, the next step is to see if you can fix it yourself or if it needs to be replaced. It may simply need a new battery, or there may be loose wiring, dust build-up or a tripped circuit breaker.
Before you attempt to repair your thermostat, make sure it doesn’t require an expert. Always proceed with caution before opening it up and read the manual before doing anything.
3. Is it the correct thermostat for your HVAC equipment?
Many home furnaces are single stage furnaces that cycle on or off as needed. Some, however, are two-stage, which means the first stage comes on first, and is followed by the second stage if needed. Your thermostat must match this or it won’t work properly.
Heat pumps, boilers and furnaces all behave differently to variations in temperature settings. Your best option is to have a thermostat that’s manufacturer-recommended. Call in a professional to assess this if you’re not sure.
4. Are your energy bills too high?
If you have a manual thermostat that maintains only one temperature setting, then upgrading to a programmable thermostat can save you anywhere from 15% to 30% on your energy bills.
It achieves this by allowing you to pre-set a lower temperature in winter or higher temperature in summer at any time the temperature setting isn’t as critical (eg., when everyone’s away during the workday).
You might also want to consider changing to a smart thermostat. This allows you to control the temperature via your phone so you can warm up or cool down your home before you get there on days outside of your normal pre-sets. Some thermostats even learn your habits and begin to adjust themselves accordingly.
Get your control under control
If you decide it’s time, or if you just need help deciding, give Eanes a call. We can help you get your home’s comfort control… under control!