Your HVAC system runs throughout your entire home, yet it is all controlled by such a small piece of equipment – the thermostat. This piece allows you to easily control the comfort of your home by raising or lowering the temperature. Over the years, you’ve most likely grown accustomed to your thermostat, and are comfortable with it. However, if your thermostat hasn’t been changed out in a while (or ever, that you can remember), it might be time for an upgrade.
Manual Thermostat Lacks Accuracy
A manual thermostat is any thermostat that operates with the use of a dial or sliding switch. If you don’t currently have one in your home, you can probably conjure up at least one memory of a family member constantly adjusting it. With a manual thermostat, lining up the dial or switch to the exact temperature you want can be tough. And even being only one or two degrees off can make a huge difference, both with the temperature and your energy bills. With every adjustment you make, you put a lot of stress on your heating and cooling system, causing it to wear out faster, which then means you need to replace the system sooner than anticipated.
A Lack of Programmable Features
Simply by setting your air temperature 7 to 10 degrees higher during the warmer months, and 7 to 10 degrees lower in the cooler months, for 8 hours each day, you can save yourself a decent amount of money on your energy bills each year (up to 10%!). While this seems like a simple thing to do, it’s not always that easy. With a manual versions, you have to remember to change the temperature every day. Even digital thermostats are limited in the amount of programming that you can do, and you may not have the option to change settings ahead of time.
Technological Advancements Give You Complete Control
Technology is constantly evolving. Even the thermostat has seen significant technological updates in the past few years. These days, programmable, or smart, versions allow you to have total control over the heating and cooling of your home. These thermostats, equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities, have the ability to learn and remember your preferences and, based on the results, provide you with the best, and most efficient settings. They also have a wide variety of features, including humidity sensors, weather forecasts, 7-day scheduling, motion detectors, and vacation mode. You can even program your thermostat when you are away from the house!
Upgrading your thermostat not only provides you with more control over the temperature of your home, it can help you to save a significant amount of money on your energy bills. If it’s time for a new thermostat in your Wilmington home, contact the experts at Brinson and Sons today! 910-763-3550