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The Advantages of Upgrading Your Thermostat

Monday, January 9th, 2017

How often do you replace your thermostat? Is it as often as you replace the other parts of your heating or air conditioning system? If not, you may actually be unknowingly decreasing the effectiveness of your climate control systems. It’s important that you upgrade your thermostat at least as often as your heating and air conditioning systems. Read on to find out why.

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What Types of Thermostats Are Available for Upgrade?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

There are a lot ways to improve your home’s comfort and achieve better energy efficiency, but one of these ways is often overlooked. What is it? Upgrading your home’s thermostat. Your thermostat is the control center for your HVAC system. It tells the system when to cycle and the temperature to achieve. The keys to better energy efficiency and comfort are being able to set your temperature appropriately and being able to set a precise temperature. For instance, there’s no need to heat or cool your home the same when it’s empty versus when it’s occupied. It’s also helpful to be able to set an exact temperature versus aiming for one with a thermostat that only provides a range of temperatures. So what types of thermostats can you consider for installation in your Gainesville home? Let’s take a look.


Digital thermostats can easily replace your dial or slide thermostat when you hire an expert for help. Digital thermostats have easily-ready faces, and the digital format allows you to set a precise temperature. This is important, considering each degree you can lower during heating season and raise during cooling season can save you up to 3% on your annual energy costs. Digital thermostats also have easy-to-use, intuitive buttons that allow for smooth operation.


A programmable thermostat is one that brings all the digital benefits, but that also allows you to create programs for heating and cooling your home. With a programmable thermostat, you no longer have to worry about constantly remembering to adjust your thermostat when leaving and arriving home, or have concerns about vacation times. These types of thermostats allow you to program 4 temperature changes per day for up to 7 days, and if you are in a routine, you can loop the program continuously.


Smart thermostats are the ultimate in control and convenience. These types of thermostats offer all the benefits that digital and programmable thermostats do, but with many added features, including remote access. This means you can program your thermostat, track and monitor energy use, all from any smart device.

The best way to gain the benefits of any thermostat installation in Gainesville is to hire experts for the work, so call the specialists at Touchstone Heating and Air Inc., today!

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Some Options for Thermostat Replacement

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Energy efficiency is important, and one of the easier ways to achieve it is by replacing your old, outdated thermostat. Today’s thermostats are far more effective than the old mercury-based ones, and many have capabilities far beyond simply setting the temperature. Touchstone Heating and Air Inc., has the latest in thermostat products, and our trained and certified technicians can install your replacement thermostat in Jacksonville quickly and efficiently.

Types of Thermostats

There are few choices available for homeowners when it comes to updating your thermostat:


Digital thermostats have a clear, readable face and offer precise temperature setting, which can help with energy efficiency. The buttons on digital thermostats are intuitive and easy to use, making them easy to operate.


A programmable thermostat is a digital thermostat that you can program. Programs can be  set in 7-day loops. The programs can be tailored for times when your home is and isn’t occupied, during vacation periods, weekends, even night and day. You can loop a 7-day program or change it weekly. Having a programmable thermostat gives you tremendous control over the heating and cooling in your home, which can help you save energy.


A wireless thermostat is digital and can be programmable, but it offers two more benefits: the ability to be placed virtually anywhere in your home and be operated by remote control. The way a wireless system works is that a receiver replaces your wired thermostat. This receiver communicates with each of the wireless thermostats in your home, as well as your heating system. Many wireless thermostats can be programmed, so they offer convenience and energy efficiency.


Smart thermostats are the most advanced option. Using wi-fi technology, you can access your smart thermostat from just about anywhere – you just need to have a smart device and access to the internet. With a smart thermostat, you can program your thermostat and track energy usage, all by using a downloadable app.

Thermostats have come a long way. If you have an aging or outdated thermostat, it may be time to consider thermostat replacement in Jacksonville.

Call Touchstone Heating and Air Inc., and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts regarding your thermostat options today.

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