If you live in a newer home or one with a more recent HVAC system, chances are you already have a digital or smart thermostat to regulate your heat and cooling. If you live in an older home, however, you might be wondering if you should stick with your analog thermostat or upgrade to a newer, digital piece of equipment.
Here are some reasons why a digital thermostat might be the way for you to go, even if your old analog thermostat is functioning correctly.
Efficient Heating and Cooling
With an analog thermostat, if you set the temperature at 71 degrees Fahrenheit, it will kick the furnace on regardless of whether you are home or not.
By comparison, you can set a smart thermostat to only heat the home when you are present and lower the temperature setting during hours you are not home (like when you are at work or away for a few days.)
Efficient heating and cooling do more than just avoid wasting energy or running your furnace or AC unnecessarily. It will lead to a reduction in heating and cooling costs, which in some cases, will be immediately apparent.
A digital thermostat lets you dial in the furnace or AC to the exact temperature you want. An analog thermostat is difficult to read and often, difficult to set to any exact temperature.
Less Wear and Tear
Digital thermostats mean your heating and cooling system do not run unnecessarily, which reduces the overall run time during the system’s life cycle. That means parts do not wear out as quickly and maintenance costs are reduced. Additionally, because most digital thermostats have built in time delays, your system will not short cycle.
A smart thermostat allows you to program it from your smart device, whether you are home or not. That lets you address temperature changes and severe weather without having to be at your home.
Given the climate, there is no reason not to install a digital wall thermostat in Salt Lake City and several good reasons to do so. If you are installing a new HVAC system or upgrading an old one, digital thermostats are the way to go.