Do you remember the round-dial mercury switch thermostats? Almost every house had one just a few decades ago, but they’ve since been banned from purchase because they contain mercury, which can have harmful health effects if it’s inhaled. On top of that, they had no features, aside from users being able to manually control the temperature setting in their homes.
Fast forward to present day, and thermostats have advanced light years in regards to the technology and features they offer. If you still have a mercury thermostat – or an aging unit that needs an upgrade – contact the indoor air quality experts at Schmidt Mechanical today to discuss the installation of a programmable, smart or Wi-Fi-enabled.
Types of Thermostats
Thermostats are a crucial component of your San Antonio home’s heating and cooling system. The unit’s job is to communicate to the HVAC system and tell it when to turn on or off based on the thermostat’s temperature setting.
Schmidt Mechanical can install any type of new thermostat. Depending on your budget and needs, we can work with you to find the right unit for your home. The three most popular types of thermostats include:
Programmable thermostats don’t offer nearly as many features as smart thermostats, but they are still a great choice for many homeowners for several reasons. A programmable thermostat, for example, allows you to pre-set the temperature in your house depending on the time of day or day of the week.
For example, you can pre-set the temperature to 72 degrees during the day while setting it to run at 68 degrees from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. while you’re asleep. If you work in the office two days a week – say Monday and Wednesday – you can pre-set yours to a lower setting on those days during the winter or a higher setting during the summer to conserve energy.
It seems like we can connect to all types of devices from our smartphones and tablets, so why shouldn’t your home’s thermostat be any different? Wi-Fi thermostats connect to your home’s wireless network, allowing you to control the temperature from your phone – literally from anywhere in the world. Talk about convenience!
For example, if you’re on vacation during the summer but forgot to turn up your temperature setting, you can do so with the click of a button. Or you can set the setting up or down – depending on the time of year – before you drive home from work. That way you’ll walk into your home after a long day of work to the perfect temperature.
These units are called “smart” for good reason. Smart thermostats are equipped with learning capabilities that allow them, over time, to study and learn your living habits and adjust the temperature setting accordingly. Smart thermostats learn when you’re away from home and what temperature you prefer while you awake or asleep while you’re at home.
Many smart thermostats also come with voice control features that can be synced with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Although they are more pricey, that can literally do just about anything. They also have programmable features and are Wi-Fi enabled so you can adjust the temperature while you’re away from home.
Signs Your San Antonio, TX Thermostat Needs Replaced
Thermostats last about 10 years, so you’ll eventually want to replace your older unit before it starts to malfunction because of dust or aging wires or break down completely. This can lead to an uncomfortable or even dangerous situation in extreme temperature conditions because your heating and cooling unit will not be able to turn on.
Some of the signs that indicate it might be time to replace yours include:
- Age of the device
- If your heating and air conditioning systems short cycle
- Dealing with inconsistent temperatures
- Faulty temperature readings
- Higher energy bills
Schedule Thermostat Service With Schmidt Mechanical Today
You now know that today’s thermostats come with technology and features which were probably unthinkable just 20 years ago. If you’re ready to replace your aging thermostat before it breaks down with a smart or Wi-Fi-enabled unit, contact the indoor air quality experts at Schmidt Mechanical today. Along with thermostat installation, our HVAC technicians also provide a full array of indoor air quality solutions and products for your home, including air cleaners and dehumidifiers.