Many of us give very little thought to our thermostat. These reliable little devices can last for decades when they have been properly installed, so it’s very easy to forget all about them. Unfortunately, the downside of this impressive longevity is that you can miss out on some of the exciting technological advances made in the field. If you want to improve the performance or efficiency of your HVAC system, or your thermostat is over 10 years old, you should consider upgrading to a modern model. Here are just 3 upgrades for your thermostat that are worth some serious consideration.

Smart Programming

While you may be accustomed to setting the time for your heating to switch on and off, a smart thermostat can immediately improve your efficiency and comfort levels. Many new thermostat models are equipped with smart programming. This means that the thermostat will analyze the trends for heating and cooling in your home, making small adjustments to improve efficiency. Not only will this help your home to feel more comfortable, but it can also trim your energy bills. With smart programming, your thermostat will recognize that your home is unoccupied during the day, so there is no need for heating or cooling.

Environment Readings

Smart programming can also do more than recognize your typical household patterns; it can also analyze the real world conditions outside of your home. The thermostat can make adjustments that are based on conditions such as high winds, excessive humidity and other things that make your home feel cooler or warmer rather than just looking at the temperature alone. As with the other aspects of smart programming, environment readings can help your HVAC system to perform with greater efficiency; lowering the strain and reducing the costs of your monthly cooling and heating.

Remote Programming

Most up to date thermostats incorporate APP technology. This means that with your WiFi, you can link your thermostat to your phone at all times. So, you don’t need to be sitting at home or even get out of your chair to adjust your thermostat settings. Remote programming allows you to turn your heating or cooling on and off, change the temperature and adjust the time settings. This allows you complete control of your HVAC system, regardless of where you are for complete flexibility. For example, if you are staying late at work and your home will be empty, you don’t need to waste energy heating or cooling your home. You can log into the APP using your phone and manually adjust the settings to ensure that you don’t waste energy, but will arrive home to find it perfectly comfortable.

If you are still unsure about whether upgrading your thermostat would be beneficial for your HVAC system, it is a good idea to speak to your HVAC technician. An experienced professional can not only help you to discover more benefits of a thermostat upgrade, but also guide you through the available options to ensure that you enjoy the best energy saving and convenience features.