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What to Know Before Investing in a New Thermostat

October 18, 2018

Smart thermostats are all the rage in Raleigh, North Carolina, and across the country. However, before you head out and buy the latest thermostat, it’s helpful to know as much as possible about the available units and how they can benefit your home.

Wi-Fi Thermostats

Many HVAC equipment manufacturers are adding standard thermostats that can be connected to a home’s wireless network. Although this type of unit won’t have the same features available in a smart thermostat, it will still provide convenience as the homeowner can adjust the temperature through a smartphone app. One of the drawbacks of a Wi-Fi connected thermostat is that it is only accessible through your phone when the internet is working, so if the network goes down, so does your access.

Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat operates more like a small computer in that it has its own built-in features and functionality. This unit will also connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network, but it can track usage and make automatic adjustments to keep your energy bills under control. Some smart thermostats also have extra temperature sensors available. They help you monitor the temperature in notoriously hot and cold spots of your home, as well as sensors that detect movement in the home and can raise or lower the temperature when no movement is detected.

Compatibility

Not all thermostats are compatible with all HVAC systems, so it’s important to make sure the one you select will work with your system. Otherwise, you could end up spending a lot more on a new HVAC system that will work with your new thermostat. If you have an older system, it may not be compatible with the newer technology. You can check whether a unit will work with your system by reviewing the product specs on the manufacturer’s website or work with an HVAC technician who can tell you which units are compatible.

If you’re looking to upgrade the thermostat for your HVAC system, our team at Cape Fear Air Conditioning, Heating, & Electrical Company, Inc. can help. Give us a call at 919-246-5801.

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