Should I Replace My Old Thermostat?

climate-controlThe thermostat is easy to overlook in your home’s HVAC system. But it requires special attention, because without an effective thermostat, you’ll struggle to keep your home the right temperature. A poor thermostat can lead to many troubles with heating and air conditioning—including systems that won’t turn on at all.

The problem may be an outdated thermostat. Older slider-and-dial manual thermostats may be simple to operate, but they’re imprecise and don’t have extra features that can help save energy and improve energy efficiency. Should you have your old thermostat replaced?

Two Major Considerations

Before we get into the benefits of upgrading to a newer model of thermostat for your HVAC system, there are two vital considerations that can have a huge effect on your choice.

  • You have an old mercury thermostat. These thermostats are outdated and if you have one, you definitely should have it replaced. Mercury is toxic, but since it’s also harmful for the environment, any mercury thermostat needs to be properly disposed of. Working with professionals will ensure everything is done according to Oregon state law.
  • Improper thermostat selection can void HVAC warranties. It’s unfortunately easy for customers to browse online stores and find inexpensive digital thermostats for sale. Don’t buy one on your own to ask professionals to install it! Installing an advanced thermostat on older HVAC equipment can actually damage the system and void its warranty. If you think you may need a new thermostat, always call an experienced, licensed professional.

About Those New Thermostats …

Okay, so you go to an expert contractor to ask about thermostats. What type will work best for your home?

The standard digital thermostat without any programming features is an inexpensive option, and it may be the best one for your current system—especially if you already use a digital thermostat. However, we recommend making an upgrade to a programmable digital thermostat. Programmable provides you with a way to control the climate in your house when you aren’t home. You can set the thermostat to turn on the heater or AC a half hour before you come home, or to turn on a half hour before you wake up in the morning.

If you’re looking for the finest in climate control, Wi-Fi smart thermostats are a terrific option. You can access these thermostats remotely through a computer, smart phone, or tablet. The smart programming allows the thermostat to develop its own settings that find new ways to conserve energy while still delivering the best possible comfort. Often, smart thermostats are best put in as part of a full new HVAC system installation so they synergize with it correctly.

If you have more questions about thermostats in Albany, OR, or elsewhere in the Willamette Valley, you only have to reach out to us. We take pride in the customer service we offer. It’s the reason we’ve had so many decades of success keeping homes comfortable.

For more than 40 years, Midway Mechanical Inc. has served the Willamette Valley. Give us a call today and experience our company’s exceptional customer service!

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