Does your home have an outdated thermostat? Contrary to common belief, you don’t have to replace your entire heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) system.
You can typically just replace the outdated thermostat with a new thermostat – assuming the latter is compatible with your HVAC system.
There are a few things you should know, however, when upgrading your thermostat.
Reasons to Upgrade Your Thermostat
Upgrading your thermostat offers several benefits. For starters, it can give you greater control over your home’s temperature.
New thermostats are equipped with control features that aren’t found in old thermostats. You can create prefixed heating and cooling schedules with a programmable thermostat, for example. Some of them also offer support for variable-speed compressor operation. Old thermostats may not offer these advanced control features.
Another reason to upgrade your thermostat is to reduce your home’s heating and cooling expenses.
New thermostats are oftentimes more efficient than those manufactured in the past. They’ll maximize the heating and cooling power of your HVAC system while minimizing its energy consumption.
Things to Consider When Choosing a New Thermostat
When choosing a new thermostat, you should check to make sure that it’s compatible with your HVAC system.
Some thermostats are designed for specific types of HVAC systems. If a thermostat isn’t compatible with your HVAC system, you should look elsewhere when upgrading this component.
You should also consider the number of zones your HVAC system has.
For every zone it has, you’ll need a separate thermostat. Most HVAC systems only have a single zone, so they typically only have a single thermostat.
But there are some HVAC systems with two or more zones. If you have a large home, it may have multiple HVAC zones. Each of these zones will need its own thermostat.
Some thermostats even support mobile usage.
Known as smart thermostats, you can typically control them from a smartphone. Smart thermostats have become increasingly popular. With a smart thermostat, you can change the temperature inside of your home while on the go.
DIY vs Professional Installation
Rather than trying to install the new thermostat yourself, you should consider hiring a professional HVAC technician.
Installing it yourself can prove challenging. When you install a new thermostat, you’ll have to connect it to your home’s electrical systems. If you don’t connect it correctly, the new thermostat may not work.
By hiring a professional HVAC technician, you can rest assured knowing that your new thermostat will be safely and properly installed.
If you are experiencing a problem with your air conditioning or heating call us at 512-336-1431 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be glad to come out and take a look at the issue.
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Our new home came with a new heat pump system. The outside unit is a Goodman and I don’t know what the other components are. It functions well yet there is only one speed for the fan inside the house. That one speed is HIGH. It is noisy and blows too hard. Having a lower speed blower in the house would allow us to use it more. Can the thermostat be changed to give control over blow strength?