We often take our thermostats for granted, especially in the winter. They serve as the control system for your heater and air conditioner, and as such are remarkably important to keeping your home comfortable. Thermostats are designed to last for a long time, and if yours is more than 10 or 15 years old, congratulations on getting such good value out of your system. You may have missed some of the recent innovations in the field, however, which might merit a replacement. A broken thermostat is more readily replaced than repaired in most cases, but you don’t need a breakdown to upgrade an older thermostat with something more up to date.
Most digital thermostats offer basic programming and scheduling features, giving you precise control over both the temperature and when the furnace is activated. (If you have an older system it is likely one with a mercury switch and should be replaced immediately. Mercury is toxic and should not be in your house.) But newer systems provide a host of other benefits as well.
Consider, for example, WiFi thermostats which connect to the internet in your home and can be accessed by apps in your phone (and home automation systems like Alexa in some cases). That lets you make adjustments to the settings from anywhere in the world with just the touch of a button.
You might also look into smart thermostats, which can analyze your heating and cooling patterns and make little adjustments to shave precious dollars off of your monthly bills. Smart thermostats can also make similar adjustments to the settings based on changing conditions immediately outside your home, such as unexpected temperature drops or snow flurries.
If you could use a new thermostat in your Littleton, CO home, call the pros at Bell Plumbing and Heating today