If your furnace is old or damaged, you might be thinking about replacing your unit and updating a few other HVAC additions, such as your thermostat. Since your thermostat has the important task of telling your furnace and AC unit when to run, it only makes sense to update them together. Here are three things to keep in mind regarding your new thermostat and how it could impact your new furnace.
1. Smart Varieties Are Very Convenient
While older thermostats relied on built-in thermometers and switches to dictate when your furnace turned on and turned off, newer models are like small computers, capable of doing everything from connecting to the internet to carefully calculating and predicting your heating and cooling needs.
Smart thermostats can be incredibly convenient, especially if you are concerned about saving time from programming your system or adjusting the load for seasonal changes. Some smart thermostats can even use GPS technology to detect when people are en route to their homes, so the system can start up the furnace to warm the home for a comfortable arrival.
2. Placement Matters
Although most homeowners are eager to put thermostats in places where they won't stand out, the fact of the matter is that thermostats should be placed in areas that are capable of gauging the average ambient temperature of a space.
Because of this fact, putting a thermostat near air vents, windows that let in loads of sunshine, or heat-generating appliances like stoves can cause the thermostat to switch on when it shouldn't, potentially increasing your monthly heating bill.
During your furnace installation, talk with professionals about whether the current thermostat location is appropriate or your new model should be placed in a different location. Thermostats typically come with specific installation instructions to simplify the process.
3. Programming Needs Can Change
Although many homeowners set up their thermostat right away after it is installed, it is important to remember that your needs can change depending on your personal preferences, the season, and the amount you want to spend on heating and cooling. Every month, evaluate your heating and cooling costs, and consider tweaking the programming on your thermostat to accommodate those changes.
After your furnace is installed, take the time to talk with your HVAC contractors about properly setting up and using your new thermostat. Although these careful considerations may seem like an extra step, a thorough understanding of your thermostat could help you to keep your home comfortable all season long while saving time and money.
Speak with a heating installation contractor to learn more.