Why should you replace your air conditioning system's thermostat right now? Before you schedule your next AC service, take a look at what you need to know about the thermostat, its role, the reasons to choose an upgrade, and the best model for your home's needs.

Why Is A Thermostat Important?

The thermostat doesn't heat your home and in comparison to the rest of the HVAC system, it seems small and somewhat insignificant. But this doesn't mean the tiny component isn't an essential part of home cooling. The thermostat is the control center for the rest of the cooling system. Without a thermostat, the system wouldn't know when to turn on, how long to stay on for, or when to shut off. 

Why Should You Replace Your Thermostat?

There isn't one standard reason to replace a thermostat. Instead, you will need to make the decision to upgrade the current component based on:

  • The age. How old is your home's thermostat? According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the average lifespan of a thermostat is 35 years.
  • The model or type. What type of thermostat do you have? A programmable or smart thermostat can help you to easily adjust the indoor air temperature. This allows you to reduce the setting and save money on home heating costs.
  • The condition. Is your thermostat in good or better shape? If the thermostat has damage or clear signs of wear, now is the right time for an upgrade.

You may not know when your home's thermostat is ready for a replacement on your own. This is where a professional comes in. A qualified AC contractor can inspect the thermostat (and the rest of the system) and recommend an upgrade. The HVAC technician can also replace the thermostat and make sure that it works correctly.

Which Type of Thermostat Does Your Home Need?

Like the timing of replacement, you won't find one answer to this question. The type of thermostat you choose depends on:

  • Your price range. Thermostats are available at different price points. If you're on a tight budget, you will need a basic model. But if you can afford to spend more right now, you can choose from smart and other programmable options.
  • Your accessibility needs. If you prefer to change the temperature while you're away, you will need a smart model.
  • Your air conditioner. Some thermostats may not work with some types or brands of air conditioning units. A qualified contractor can help you to choose a model that is compatible with your existing system.
  • Your AC upgrade options. If you're planning an air conditioning installation service soon, choose a thermostat that matches the new air conditioner. 

Before you invest in a new thermostat, ask the contractor about its durability, dependability, and warranty. A bargain thermostat that breaks down after a few months of use will cost you more than a pricier model that doesn't require constant repairs. 

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