If you live in a part of the country that's fortunate enough to enjoy the different weather associated with the four seasons, then you may be approaching the start of summer. There's a lot to look forward to as you can truly enjoy the outdoor life, but you've also got to make sure that your home is prepared, internally, for some of that excess heat. In order for you to use your air conditioning system properly without costing you an arm and a leg, it may be time for you to replace the thermostat in your home. Why is this beneficial and what do you need to think about before you make your choice?
Replacing the Thermostat
If it's been some time since you installed your air conditioning system, you may not have the most efficient or up to date thermostat to help you control it all. When you get a new one with state-of-the-art technology, you'll be able to keep the property at the right temperature in a variety of different circumstances and cut down your energy usage.
You need to be looking out for a programmable thermostat, which allows you to set the temperature at up to 6 different levels throughout any given day, based on whether any members of your household are at home or not. You'll also be able to manually override any settings to make an adjustment without interrupting such programming, should somebody find themselves at home in the middle of what would ordinarily be a workday.
How to Choose
Before you can purchase, you need to determine whether your home has a stage one or stage two system fitted. The former is designed to work at one capacity only, while the latter is set up to operate at either high or low speed. You will also need to look at the labelling on the thermostat to see if it is designed to work with separate heating and A/C units, direct mains voltage, or systems that are controlled through individual zones.
Next, choose the type of thermostat for functionality. You can get units that have settings for each individual day of the week for ultimate flexibility, or models that allow you to create a setting for weekdays and separate schedules for the two weekend days. If you don't want a great deal of flexibility, then you may be able to choose a cheaper model that allows you to set one pattern for every day.
Why to Take Action
If you're not yet ready to upgrade the entire A/C system, you may find it advantageous to swap out the thermostat by itself to enhance the comfort level for your family and to save some money into the bargain.