Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat When the Old Model Breaks Down

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat When the Old Model Breaks DownEven if your old manual thermostat has been reliable for many years, there are several reasons you should consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat, especially if your current thermostat breaks down. New technology improves thermostat performance, convenience and effect on your HVAC system’s efficiency.

Thermostat Options

Old-style manual analog thermostats remain in many homes today. These simple devices contain the bare minimum components to allow you to select a desired temperature. They also typically hold mercury, a potentially dangerous substance if you come in contact with it. A digital thermostat is the next step up, and has no mercury. It has a screen display to make reading and adjusting it easier.

The next big advance was the programmable thermostat. It features digital displays and a simple user interface to allow you to program thermostat settings in advance.

Why You Should Switch to a Programmable Thermostat

  • To save money: Being able to change settings in advance allows you to reduce energy waste when nobody’s home. This way you’re not having your A/C or heat running full blast in an empty house. You can program it to return to your comfort level shortly before you expect to arrive home.
  • More accuracy: With an imprecisely calibrated analog thermostat you are essentially setting a general temperature. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the exact temperature you desire (at least in the room where the thermostat is installed).
  • Many upgrades: Programmable thermostats are compatible with other exciting pieces of HVAC technology, such as zoning systems where multiple programmable thermostats can control different zones or rooms independently.
  • For convenience: Instead of having to constantly toggle your thermostat every day, you can set up your programmable thermostat once and forget about it. For ultimate convenience, opt for a thermostat with WiFi capabilities. These units can be accessed and adjusted remotely.

If you have questions about installing a programmable thermostat in your Martin, Palm Beach or Indian River county home, please contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about programmable thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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