As we get closer and closer to the heating season, there are several things you can do to get your home ready for colder weather. One easy upgrade that you can make to your home’s heating system that can pay off in several ways this winter is to replace your furnace’s thermostat. Today we’re going to talk about how you can benefit from a new thermostat and discuss four reasons why you should consider replacing your furnace thermostat this time of year!

Programmable vs. manual furnace thermostats

Thermostats fall into two broad categories: programmable and manual. With a manual thermostat, you have to physically change the settings every time you want your home to be at a different temperature. Programmable thermostats, on the other hand, allow you to pre-load your thermostat settings based on your weekly and daily schedules so that your home’s temperatures can change automatically at different times of the day.
If you’re thinking about replacing your thermostat, upgrading from a manual to a programmable model is a smart move, but you also might consider upgrading from an older programmable model to another programmable thermostat with more advanced features.

4 reasons to consider getting a new furnace thermostat before winter hits

  1. You can match your new furnace with a new thermostat. Are you considering getting a new furnace this season? If so, this is a great time to upgrade your thermostat as well. And if you have your new furnace installed by Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning, you won’t have to worry because a new programmable thermostat will be included with your installation!
  2. You can lower your winter energy bills. Your furnace works hard throughout the winter months, and anything you can do to ease its workload will help keep your utility bills low. Installing a programmable thermostat is a great way to do this because you can automatically lower your thermostat settings during the times of the day when nobody is home. Installing a programmable thermostat now will ensure that you maximize your winter energy savings!
  3. Remember to change your filters. Winter is one of the seasons during which it’s most important to stay on top of your air filter changes. That’s because a lot of air is pushed through your filter when it’s cold outside, and your filter can clog up faster than it does in the spring and fall months. Many programmable thermostats come with reminders that tell you when it’s time to change your filter.
  4. Save energy during winter vacations. Are you planning on going on a vacation this winter? You can pre-plan for it now by installing a programmable thermostat with vacation settings that easily override your normal settings while you’re gone!

If you have any questions about your furnace’s thermostat, or if you’d like a heating and cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning, your Saint Charles, MO, heating and cooling contractor. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Ladue, Lake St. Louis, and Manchester.

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