If you’re a Bay Area homeowner who is of the opinion “if it isn’t broke, why fix it,” your old thermostat could be costing you, not only in terms of higher energy costs, but efficiency, convenience, and improved comfort for your family. It’s easy to forget about the thermostat, as long as your heat and air seem to be working. However, if your HVAC system hasn’t been upgraded in the last five or so years, you should know about the benefits of having a new thermostat installed. While you may not realize it, there are certain thermostats that may be a better match for your HVAC system.
Why consider a new thermostat? Our San Francisco HVAC professionals can give you a few good reasons.
First, enhanced comfort. With the old dial or slide thermostats, the only numbers you see are those ending in a five or a zero. This can make it difficult to set the thermostat on the precise temperature you want. Newer thermostats have a digital face, which means you can set it to the exact temperature you want. Even two degrees can affect your comfort level, so being able to set the thermostat precisely where you want it makes a big difference.
Convenience. Programmable thermostats make it possible to “program” your thermostat where you want it while you’re away from home, whether at work, on vacation, or running errands. If you’ve ever left for work only to realize later on you left the thermostat set way too high (or low, depending on the season), you know the frustration. With a programmable thermostat, you can program it to a certain temperature for a specific time or range of hours so that heat or air conditioning isn’t running constantly when your home is empty.
Efficiency. Did you know that for every degree you raise your thermostat in winter months, it can add 3% to your annual heating costs? This is according to the EPA, so if your thermostat is off by three or four degrees (because you have an old one with zeros and fives), it could be adding 9% or even 12% to your yearly heating costs. This is huge! Newer models make it possible to set the exact temperature rather than “guessing” at what you think is about 68 degrees.
As you can see, an outdated thermostat costs you in terms of comfort, energy efficiency, and convenience – and all of this adds up to substantial monetary cost as well!
At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we want to help make your home as comfortable and energy efficient as possible. Whether you’re considering a new thermostat or an upgrade to your HVAC system, our San Francisco heat & air professionals are dedicated to outstanding results. Give us a call today!