When to Replace a Home Thermostat?

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You may be struggling with the temperature in your house.Sometimes it’s too hot, sometimes it’s too cold. Or you may be slowly turning your house into a Smart home.Whatever the reason, it is possible to replace an existing thermostat.It does sound quite intimidating but actually it is not that difficult to do.

If you want to research thermostats then I recommend visiting the Thermostat Center for tips and information on the best thermostats.

WhatDoes the Thermostat Do?

The thermostat will regulate the temperature either inside one room or your whole house.It senses the temperature of your environment, then sends a signal to your boiler or air condition system.This means the boiler will try and increase the heat to warm the ambient temperature up to the desired temperature. Equally the air conditioner will try and cool the ambient temperature.

Signs That You Need a New Thermostat.

If you notice that your room goes from being hot one minute to being cold the next, this could be a sign that your thermostat is not functioning correctly. Either it cannot sense the correct room temperature, or it incorrectly informs your boiler or air conditioner.

  • Older thermostats. If you have not upgraded your thermostat for many years, you may find that it still has an old thermostat. It is a good idea to upgrade your thermostat to a new digital thermostat that is more accurate and has more features.
  • Save money.If your thermostat is not programmable this means that your heating is not as accurate as you would like.Having a programmable thermostat can cut your heating costs quite considerably as you are not heating the home when you’re out or in bed.
  • You really need a new thermostat if you notice that your heating or air conditioning won’t turn on.By adjusting the temperature on the thermostat, this should cause your heating or air conditioning system to come on.If this does not happen then it means that you need to replace your thermostat.

Now that you realise you need a new thermostat, what type of thermostat should you buy.

Manual Thermostat

A manual thermostat is a very basic type of thermostat.They are either digital or analogue and they are not programmable. These types of thermostats are not particularly precise, so your temperature controls may be a couple of degrees out.

Programmable Thermostat

Unlike the manual thermostat, a programmable thermostat can be programmed. This enables you to save money on your energy bills as you are only heating or cooling a house when you need to.

These can be programmed for different durations of time depending on the type of model that you buy. They all have four-time periods per day

  • One week. This enables you to set the same programmes for every day of the week.
  • 5-2 day. These are slightly more programmable than the one-week thermostat as you can have a different program for weekdays and one for the weekend.
  • 5-1-1 day. You can have one setting for weekdays one for Saturday and one for Sunday.
  • 7 d This is the most flexible programmable thermostat as you can have a different setting for each day.

Smart Thermostat

These are a step up again from a programmable thermostat. They allow you to control your thermostat using an app. This means you can adjust your thermostat remotely using a phone, tablet or even a computer. They are the most expensive, but they do enable you to save money and improve your energy efficiency. They are a great idea if you’re often forgetting to change your thermostat because you can adjust your thermostat settings remotely.

Your thermostat can be controlled using the wireless network in your house or it can be truly smart where it learns and adapts. A smart thermostat will learn the habits of your household so will create a schedule to fit your lifestyle without any input from you. It will lower the temperature when you are out and warm it when you normally return home. There is a lot of reporting information available from smart thermostats, so you can see where you can save money and reduce your energy usage. The settings can be overwritten if you don’t fancy being controlled by a smart thermostat.