Their are many types of AC thermostats on the market and they are a crucial component of an air conditioning system. The thermostat controls the AC system, and if it’s out of date, the entire system won’t serve the intended purpose. If the thermostat doesn’t work optimally, there’s a risk of increased electricity consumption and poor temperature regulation.
With air conditioners playing an essential role for a comfortable and healthy home, you want to ensure every component works smoothly. A thermostat upgrade improves the indoor air quality in your home, makes the space more comfortable, and also saves you on high electricity costs.
Signs You Need a Thermostat Upgrade
For most homeowners, the thermostat is the last thing they think when replacing the AC unit. However, there are some signs that this part also needs an upgrade. Take a look:
- If the temperatures indoors differ from those displayed on the thermostat
- If temperatures levels are inconsistent in different parts of the house
- When the AC unit doesn’t turn off on reaching the thermostat settings
- When the AC unit doesn’t turn on reaching the temperature settings on the thermostat
- If the thermostat drains batteries too fast
- Suspiciously high energy bills
- Short cycling (failure to complete full cooling or heating cycle)
For a homeowner, you’ll most likely note the inconsistent temperatures because your home remains uncomfortable. It might also take longer to cool or heat your home if the thermostat is faulty.
Choosing the Right Type of Thermostat
The new HVAC units on the market have innovative features to improve functionality and boost energy efficiency. Your old thermostat might not have such features, and it hinders you from enjoying the potential of your upgraded HVAC unit.
Here are some thermostat types to choose from:
- Manual Thermostats
The mechanical thermostat has been around for a long time, but most consumers have now embraced smart and automated technology. With this thermostat, you have to set the temperature settings manually.
- Programmable Thermostats
A programmable thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature settings in your house. You set the temperatures and the thermostat does the rest. This saves on electricity consumption, as the system only comes on when needed.
- Smart Thermostats
Smart thermostats are programmable, but you don’t have to do manual programming. The thermostat uses smart technology and artificial intelligence to learn your preferences and applies these to keep your home comfortable.
- Remotely Controlled Thermostats
This automated thermostat allows you to set and monitor your HVAC system remotely through a smartphone app, tablet, or computer. The Wi-Fi Thermostat falls in this category and will enable you to override a pre-programmed temperature setting and check the air conditioning from any location.
- Digital Non-programmable Thermostats
Some people want to set temperatures manually but with a digital dashboard, and this is the convenience a digital non-programmable thermostat offers.
If you want to get the best out of your new HVAC system, make sure you also upgrade the thermostat. At FACT HVAC, we include a new smart thermostat with all new systems we install.