5 Reasons to Update Your Thermostat When You Have a New HVAC System Installed

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Sometimes, it's a good idea to combine home improvement projects for cost and time savings. For instance, when you have a new HVAC system installed in your Lufkin, Texas, home, consider upgrading your thermostat at the same time. You'll experience these five important benefits.

Increase Your Energy Savings Even More

A new HVAC system will undoubtedly reduce your home's energy consumption. Modern air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps feature much higher SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) and EER (energy efficiency ratio) ratings than their older counterparts, which means they draw less power to operate.

You can boost your energy savings even more if you upgrade your thermostat. A programmable or smart thermostat gives you more control over the temperature in your home and changes the thermostat automatically if you forget. You won't waste energy heating or cooling an unoccupied house, for example.

Gain Control Over Your Home Comfort

Your home is your safe haven, your respite from the rest of the world, and you want to be comfortable inside it. A new thermostat allows you to fine-tune your temperature settings for maximum comfort as well as energy savings. You'll find which temperatures make the most sense at different times of day.

Save Money on Installation Costs

As with every service business, you pay for the labor as well as the parts that get installed in your home. If an HVAC technician is already at your house to install an HVAC system, you can save money by having him or her install the upgraded thermostat at the same time.

You'll only pay for one service call instead of two, and the labor might consume less time since the tech already has his or her tools as well as access to the HVAC system. Additionally, professional thermostat installation is far more precise, so you'll benefit from the new thermostat right away. If you try to install it yourself, you might make a mistake and lose all of the potential benefits.

Get Access to More Detailed Information

Modern thermostats offer far more information than just the temperature setting for your air conditioner or furnace. In addition to displaying the current temperature, programmable thermostats often display details like the outside temperature, the time, the humidity level, and whether the system is cooling or heating.

Some of the more advanced models go even further. They might display weather forecasts, for instance, so you know how to program the device for specific outside temperatures. They might display the date, as well, and tell you which program is currently running.

When you have more information about your thermostat, you can make more informed choices about settings and programs. You don't have to rely on guesswork or refer to other devices and tools to provide you with essential information.

Adjust Your Thermostat Remotely

Have you ever rushed out the door so quickly that you forgot to turn up the thermostat, turn off the coffee pot, and leave a check for the lawn service? It's a common scenario in today's fast-paced work, but a programmable or smart thermostat eliminates one of those forgotten chores.

These devices change their settings automatically based on your behaviors (a smart thermostat) or the settings you've recorded (a programmable thermostat). On a busy morning, you don't have to pause at the control panel to make those adjustments manually.

Program Your Thermostat in Advance

If you're headed out of town on vacation or if you like to keep your home's temperature consistent throughout a given season, a programmable thermostat gives you the power to record your settings in advance. For example, you might have the temperature change at 5 a.m. in the morning on weekends, but not until 7 a.m. on the weekends when you sleep in.

Consult your HVAC technician about the type of thermostat that will fit your family best. Some allow you to program different settings every day, while others place more limitations on the settings feature.

A new HVAC system is an important event for any homeowner. It means lower utility bills and greater peace of mind. To consult a technician about upgrading your HVAC system and your thermostat, call McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning at 936-465-9191.

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