You may not think much about your thermostat, but it’s the brain of your HVAC system in Enka, NC. Thermostats don’t last forever; they need periodic replacement. So how do you know when it’s time to replace your thermostat and what kind of thermostat is the best option for your home? Read on to learn why you should opt for a programmable or smart thermostat.

Do I Need a New Thermostat?

One of the first things to note about your thermostat is the age. If it’s over 10 years old, you should consider a replacement. You may also notice:

  • Constantly running system.
  • Spiking utility bills.
  • Temperature fluctuations.
  • Incorrect temperature reading.

Programmable or Smart Thermostat?

If you determine you need a new thermostat, the question becomes what kind you should get. There are many options, including:

  • Digital programmable.
  • Analog.
  • Digital non-programmable.
  • Smart/Learning.
  • Remote access.

Analog thermostats are by far the least accurate and are infrequently found in older buildings and applications. Digital programmable thermostats have replaced many analog and non-programmable options. The programmable function allows you to adjust the temperature of your house around when people are home, reducing energy consumption.

Smart or learning thermostats, including those with remote management access, are gaining popularity. Learning thermostats don’t require traditional programming but learn your behaviors based on when and how you adjust your settings. It then creates a program based on what it learns, which you can always tweak as needed.

Professional Thermostat Replacement

While thermostats seem like a simple replacement, you’ll still want a professional to install it. Many of the signs of a bad thermostat are also indications of other problems requiring a professional AC repair. With professional installation, you know you’re solving the right problem and having it installed correctly.

Be sure your thermostat is ready to help keep your home cool this summer. Call Gentry Service Group to schedule your spring HVAC maintenance to ensure you’re ready for the summer.

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