Keeping your Centralia, Texas, home comfortable can be challenging, especially when the temperature and humidity level starts to change. If your HVAC system isn’t keeping up with the needs of your household, your thermostat could be to blame. Replacing the thermostat is a cost-effective option, but you’ll need to make sure the new unit is compatible with your system.

Look at the System Type

The first thing to look at is the type of HVAC system you have in your home. The four main types of heating systems include gas, oil-fired, heat pump, and electric. Gas furnaces are common in residential properties, but you may have a different type of system so it’s important to check before you invest in a new thermostat. The next step is determining the voltage. Low-voltage systems work with most thermostat types, but high-voltage or direct-line systems need specific thermostats to work properly.

One Stage vs. Two Stage

In your review of the heating and cooling system in your home, you may notice the terms “one stage” and “two stage.” With a one-stage HVAC system, the units either work at full capacity or they’re not operating at all, while a two-stage can operate at both low and high speeds.

Choosing a Thermostat

When you have the information you need about your HVAC system, you can start shopping around for a new thermostat. It’s best to leave the installation process to a certified HVAC technician, as it’s never smart for a homeowner to start poking around within the furnace or AC unit. You may also get better pricing on a new thermostat, such as a smart unit that connects to Wi-Fi and tracks usage for improved energy efficiency by going through a company that gets volume discounts.

Before you invest any money in a new thermostat, give us a call at McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning at 877-936-1974 to find out about HVAC compatibility and thermostat pricing.

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