Replacing an analog thermostat with a new model helps you save money on your energy bills. Easily installed by an HVAC contractor, new thermostats also make a surprisingly large difference in home comfort throughout the year. The guide below provides some information you can use to have an informed discussion with your contractor.

What Are a few Modern Thermostat Options?

HVAC contractorProgrammable thermostats use digital interfaces that allow you to input different temperature settings for each time of day. For example, you could set the air conditioning higher for when everyone is away at work and school, then lower to a cooler temperature when you come home.

Smart thermostats take this energy-saving format even farther by linking to apps on smartphones and tablets. These connections allow you to control settings remotely. In addition to letting you program schedules, some models also gather information from local weather reports to adjust temperatures accordingly.

What Should You Consider When Choosing a New Thermostat?

Your HVAC contractor will help you determine which product works best for your home and lifestyle. Smart thermostats aren’t always compatible with preexisting HVAC systems, so they may not currently be an option if you have older equipment.

Beyond this consideration, it is largely a matter of personal preference and how much energy you want to save. With their remote control features, smart thermostats allow you to reduce even more energy consumption than programmable options, but not everyone wants to have yet another device linked to their Wi-Fi, which places more demand on the network. 


If you need a reliable HVAC contractor to replace your thermostat or HVAC system, choose Oehl Plumbing, Heating, Electric & Air Conditioning. They’ve helped families in North Liberty, Coralville, and Iowa City, IA, stay comfortable year-round since 1949. Their technicians are experienced and knowledgeable on the latest brands and functions. Visit them online to learn more about their installation services, or call (319) 339-9490 to schedule an appointment.