At the heart of your HVAC system is your thermostat. Without a thermostat, it would be difficult to keep your home at a temperature that’s comfortable for you and your family. While thermostats used to be largely similar, they’re now available in endless varieties. This leads to the question of whether or not you should upgrade the thermostat in your Las Vegas house. To understand if it’s worth it to upgrade your thermostat, here are a few thermostat insights from Fast Response Services.
How Does a Thermostat Work?
When your HVAC system operates, it only puts out cold air or hot air. The temperature of the air doesn’t change while the system is operating. An HVAC system maintains a certain temperature based on the amount of time it operates. When the desired temperature is achieved, the system turns off until it gets too hot or cold again. The thermostat is the device that tells your HVAC system when to turn off or on. To do this, it uses a built-in temperature-sensing device that can then send an electronic signal to your HVAC system. Once the relay in your HVAC system receives this signal, it can start or stop the flow of power to the system.
Different Types of Thermostats
There are three main types of thermostats that Fast Response Services can install in your home. The first type of thermostat is a mechanical thermostat. A mechanical thermostat effectively maintains a single temperature, but it can’t be programmed to start and stop your HVAC system at specific times.
A programmable thermostat is a digital thermostat with a built-in clock. The advantage of having a clock is that you can select different temperatures to take effect at various times throughout the day. For example, if you don’t want your HVAC system to run as often while you’re at work, you can set the temperature higher or lower than normal during the times that you’re away. This ensures that your HVAC system only runs as often as necessary.
The third type of thermostat is a smart thermostat. Similar to a programmable thermostat, you can set specific temperatures at certain times of the day. The advantage of a smart thermostat is that you can perform this function from anywhere that has an internet connection. Plus, many smart thermostats have the ability to learn your living patterns to automatically provide optimal indoor comfort.
Advantages of a Newer Thermostat
The main advantage of installing a newer thermostat is that your HVAC system will likely run less often. This helps to significantly reduce your energy usage compared to what you’d use if you had a mechanical thermostat. Of course, the less your HVAC system runs, the less wear and tear it experiences, meaning you’re less likely to need repairs from Fast Response Services.
Another benefit of upgrading your thermostat is that a new thermostat is likely to be more accurate. Since the temperature-sensing material in a new thermostat will be more sensitive, you’re more likely to enjoy sustained comfort in your home. So, if you struggle with sky-high utility bills or you just can’t seem to get your house comfortable, upgrading your thermostat can be a good first step.
How to Use a Thermostat Properly
When using a programmable thermostat, it’s important to understand how to use it so that you can make the most of its capabilities. For example, when using a programmable thermostat, try to use the “hold” button as infrequently as possible. If you use the “hold” button, you’re essentially using your programmable thermostat the same way you would a mechanical thermostat because you’re telling the thermostat to maintain the same temperature indefinitely. Instead, try to think through your normal schedule so that you can accurately program the thermostat to meet your needs.
Potential Problems With Thermostats
At various times, you may experience problems with your thermostat that require the assistance of Fast Response Services. In some cases, though, you may be able to fix the issue yourself. For example, if your thermostat stops working to the point that your HVAC system doesn’t turn off and on, you may need to replace the battery in your thermostat. If you have a smart thermostat and you can’t access the settings via your smart device, you’ll need to check the internet connection on your thermostat. Maintaining your thermostat and understanding how it works will help you catch problems before they have a chance to affect your comfort.
Your Thermostat Experts
At Fast Response Services, we work hard to provide our customers with the latest in thermostat technology. When combined with our air conditioner and furnace installation, maintenance, and repair services, you can be assured that you’ll enjoy superb home comfort. Plus, we can help improve your house’s indoor air quality by cleaning and repairing your ductwork. With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, you can be confident that you can count on us for all of your home comfort needs. To learn more about thermostats, contact us at Fast Response Services in Las Vegas today.