Home Thermostats – Is it Time to Replace or Upgrade?

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Not all heating and cooling system malfunctions are caused by the furnace or boiler. It could be the thermostat is to blame for the uncomfortable temperatures inside your home. Thermostats don’t have a set lifespan, but they typically last about 10 years. So if you suspect your thermostat may be the culprit in your heating and cooling woes, here are some things to consider:

Are the settings correct?

First things first – your thermostat may have been switched to the wrong setting. Make sure that it is set to cool or heat, depending on your need, and then set the desired temperature.

For digital thermostats, is the display lit and programmable?

Next, if the display is unlit or there’s no change in your home’s temperature when you adjust the degree settings, the batteries might need replacing. Also, resetting the breaker that controls your thermostat and HVAC unit could help restart an unresponsive system.

Is the temperature in your home consistent?

A malfunctioning thermostat often produces uncomfortable swings in room temperature. If the device fails to correctly sense the room’s temperature, the space will be too cold one minute and too hot the next.

Can you hear your HVAC unit turn on?

Usually, moving the thermostat to increase the temperature for heat or decrease it for air conditioning, produces a whirring noise when the system kicks on. Therefore, if no sound is heard, it could be a wiring defect that’s preventing electrical signals from being sent to your HVAC system.

Is Your AC or heater running constantly?

If your heating/cooling system runs constantly, the wiring may be frayed or the thermostat may be calibrated incorrectly. If you suspect that wiring is the issue, it’s best to have a specialist do the repair work. A  Levco certified technician can help diagnose the problem and provide a solution that’s right for your home.

Is your thermostat in a good location? 

Finally, is the unit located in direct sunlight or near drafty windows and doors? These types of conditions affect the performance and efficiency of the thermostat. Levco technicians can determine the best spot and, if necessary, relocate the unit.

You’ve got options!

If you are still having issues after reading through our list of things to consider and believe it’s time to replace or upgrade, no need to worry…

A Manual thermostat lets you control the temperature by setting it manually. This type is best if you’re home often and like a fixed temperature.

Programmable thermostats help you save on energy costs.  You can automatically change the home’s temperature setting for times when you’re sleeping or not at home. Also, digital units more accurately hold room temperatures within a comfortable range. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning your thermostat down 7° to 10°F for eight hours a day, saves you up to 10 percent a year on energy costs.

Smart thermostats learn your lifestyle as you use them, automatically adjusting to your schedule. And for an added benefit, you can connect these to your home Wi-Fi network and operate them from your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Levco technicians can help determine if you need to repair, replace or upgrade your thermostats. It’s important to consider what’s right for your home, your lifestyle and your HVAC system. Many people find the benefits of smart thermostats – including auto-scheduling, remote access and usage history – save them both energy and money. Call Levco about the Nest Learning Thermostat, or read more at Nest Thermostat – The most valuable smart home companion.

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