The heating and cooling system of your home is important for a few reasons. While its main job is to keep your family comfortable during the different seasons, the heating and cooling system also plays an essential role in your air quality.
The outdoor units and interior vents may seem like the most important parts of your heating and cooling system, but the thermostats are also imperative for your system's operation. This guide will help you learn the signs it is time to replace your thermostat to ensure it can operate your heating and cooling system in the most effective and efficient way possible.
1. It's Old
Even though they have an average life span of around 35 years, thermostats are not designed to last forever.
Your thermostat may work like normal now, but it will most likely start failing as it approaches or passes its average life span. Contractors can suggest and install new models that are both efficient and affordable.
2. It's Not Programmable
No matter if it is new or old and working fine, you need to replace a thermostat that is not programmable. Programmable thermostats offer a variety of benefits that not only affect your home and family's comfort but also your finances.
A programmable thermostat allows you to heat and cool your home at specific temperatures throughout specific times of the day. For example, you can set it to turn off your heat or air conditioning when you are away from the home, reducing energy usage and saving you money.
While each household is different, a programmable thermostat can help you reduce heating and cooling costs by an estimated $180 per year.
In addition to the ability of setting temperatures, many of today's programmable thermostats allow you to change settings while you are away from the home using an app on your phone. This app lets you heat or cool your home properly before you or a family member arrives.
Many of the innovative thermostats also have settings that alert you if humidity levels become too high or too low, which can affect your home and health. Also, settings on thermostats will alert you if maintenance is required. For example, the thermostat can remind you to change filters regularly, maintaining your system's function and efficiency.
3. Temperatures Don't Match
Another sign you need to replace your thermostat is if the temperature reading on your thermostat does not match the actual temperature in your home. If your home feels unusually hot or cold even while running your air conditioning or heat, check the thermostat readings and measure the air temperature using a simple thermometer.
For the most accurate readings, hang a thermometer on the wall next to your thermostat. Be sure to place a paper towel or piece of paper between the wall and the thermometer. This will reduce any discrepancies in temperature that may occur due to air transfer through the wall.
Document the temperature readings throughout a period of time. If the thermostat reading is always different from the wall thermometer's temperature, you have an issue.
The discrepancy may stem from a dirty thermostat even though that may seem surprising. Or you may need to adjust the thermostat on the wall if it was bumped or jarred. Finally, the thermostat's electrical connections may be corroded. This corrosion will affect the device’s ability to read temperatures accurately.
Clean the interior of the thermostat with electronic-dusting spray or a soft brush to remove light dirt and dust. You can use a level to adjust the thermostat on your wall in a more aligned manner, as well. If your thermostat has started corrode, replacing it is necessary.
Help is available if your thermostat prevents you from heating and cooling your home properly. For more information, contact After Hours Heating & Cooling, LLC.