The thermostat is the controller of your heating and air conditioning system. In today’s world, technology has made available several new options in the thermostat category such as; LED touchscreen display, Wi-Fi capability, self-learning, unique design, smart phone accessible, and so on. The old analog (mercury) thermostats are literally getting left in the dust.
About the only pro that analog has going for it these days is that it’s slightly less expensive than it’s digital counterpart. Unfortunately, due to its degree of temperature accuracy, analog thermostats can end up costing you where it really hurts: your energy bill.
In addition to this analog thermostats DO NOT have the capability to communicate with a smartphone, be accessed from a remote location, look sleek on your wall, learn temperature patterns, display in full HD color… …and the list goes on.
According to the Department of Energy, digital thermostats can save you as much as 10% on your energy bill each year. How does it save you that much? Primarily because it’s programmable.
With digital thermostats, you can program in daily settings to adjust the temperature in your home when you’re not there or asleep. By doing this, you allow your HVAC system to not operate as often when you don’t need it or are away, saving you money.
As far as the cons of digital thermostats, there really are few. As we noted earlier, digital thermostats are a bit more expensive than analog thermostats, but you’ll easily make up this cost difference with the energy savings that digital thermostats can provide.
At Carolina Climate Control we have many clients that are afraid to make the “switch to digital.” This is due to the fear of possible confusion of how these new digital thermostats operate. Rest assured Lowcountry, there are several digital thermostats on the market that are created with simplicity in mind.
Check out our wifi and smart thermostat review to read more about the best options available today.
As always if you have questions about your thermostat — digital or analog — feel free to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give us a call: (843) 870-2076.