A Warning Before Buying a New Thermostat

August 20, 2020

What to Know Before Installing a Programmable Thermostat Yourself

A new thermostat can improve the comfort of your home

The great technological improvements in thermostats means you have many wonderful, modern options to make keeping your home comfortable and energy efficient. There are even programmable thermostats that you can control from your phone.

While you can have Tiger Heating & Air professionally install a new thermostat for your home, it’s very tempting to buy and install one yourself. From Amazon to big-box DIY stores to little hardware stores in and around Corpus Christi, you will find a wide array of thermostat options to help keep your heating and cooling levels and costs under your control.

When thinking about which thermostat to buy, you may be factoring in such things as the ease of use or the cost. But there is ONE VITAL FACTOR you need to consider before anything else, and that is whether the thermostat is compatible with your existing heating and cooling system.

1.	Programmable thermostat on wall set to 68 degrees

A new thermostat can destroy your heating and cooling system

Not all thermostats work with all HVAC systems. In fact, installing a programmable thermostat that does NOT work with your system could actually destroy it. Not only that, replacing your thermostat with a non-compatible one may void any warranties you have on your HVAC units. So that means the great deal you may have gotten on a new thermostat will end up costing you thousands of dollars in replacement or repair of your furnace and/or air conditioner.

How can you know which thermostat is right for your home?

There are some fundamental things you would need to know about your home’s HVAC system before you should even begin shopping for a new programmable thermostat. These include such things as whether your system is gas or electric and if it operates at a one-stage or two-stage speed. Because there is a real risk of destroying your home’s entire heating and cooling system by making a mistake on knowing which thermostat will work, our main piece of advice is for you to rely on an HVAC professional to tell you what system you have and what types of thermostats could be used for it.

Bottom line: contact us. A member of our skilled team at Tiger Heating & Air would be more than happy to help you determine the information you need to know so that you can avoid making a very avoidable, yet incredibly costly, mistake.

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