Three Questions to Ask When Buying a New Thermostat

 In New Construction, Products & Equipment, System Maintenance

Let’s talk about buying a new thermostat. Though they are not glamorous or trendy, thermostats are a critical part of your home. They may even be the topic of more discussions than who has control over the elusive TV remote.

To help you get started, here are three questions you need to ask when buying or installing a new thermostat.

Why do you need a new thermostat?

To begin, it’s important to consider why you are interested in buying a new thermostat. Are you upgrading your HVAC system or reducing energy costs? Is your thermostat broken?

If you are noticing common signs that your thermostat is not working, then it may be time to purchase a new one. If your thermostat appears to be working, but you are noticing that your HVAC system is malfunctioning, then you may want to schedule an appointment with an HVAC comfort specialist to determine the cause of the issue before buying a new thermostat.

Remodeling your home can also be a reason to begin exploring thermostat options. Older, bulkier thermostats may not match your modern home décor as easily as their newer, sleeker counterparts.

What type of thermostats are available?

Now that you have considered why you may need a new thermostat and ruled out any larger HVAC issues, it’s time to begin your search for a new thermostat. According to Consumer Reports, there are two basic options – programmable and smart thermostats.

Programmable thermostats do not require an internet connection. They allow you to set different temperature schedules on a five or seven-day schedule.

Smart thermostats offer the flexibility of a programmable thermostat, but they also allow you to access your thermostat settings through an app on your phone or computer.

When is the best time to buy a new thermostat?

As with most purchases in the heating and air conditioning industry, costs for installation and purchasing new systems or thermostats may increase in peak seasons.
Typically, HVAC repairs increase in the summer months for cooling emergencies and in the winter months during periods of freezing temperatures. Thermostat costs can also vary depending on the features and manufacturers.

Get Started

To learn more about the latest recommendations or find out what thermostats are compatible with your HVAC system, we recommend scheduling an appointment with an HVAC comfort specialist.

If you schedule an appointment with the Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning team, we will discuss thermostat recommendations and plan a time to install your new thermostat. We will also show you how to use and program your new thermostat to ensure that you’re comfortable – no matter who has control of the thermostat.

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