Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for the ‘Thermostats’ Category

Are You Still Using a Slide or Dial Thermostat? It’s Time to Consider an Upgrade

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Thermostats seem like a pretty innocuous components, but the truth is, they hold a great deal of power. Why? Because they control when your HVAC system turns on and off. If you are like most people, you work 5 days a week, spending at least 40 hours outside your home. Is it worthwhile cooling or heating a home that isn’t occupied? Of course not! But with an outdated thermostat, you may have no choice. The professionals at Basnett Plumbing & Heating can help you better control your cooling and heating with an upgraded thermostat for your home in Littleton, MA.

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Why Choose a Digital Thermostat?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

It wasn’t too long ago that choices for a thermostat were pretty limited. Thanks to advancements in technology, thermostats have become a primary tool in helping homeowners control comfort levels and energy efficiency, something needed throughout the year. One of the best advancements has been the introduction of digital thermostats. These thermostats can range from simple to smart, accommodating a multitude of needs. They also bring a number of benefits to your home that a slide or dial thermostat simply can’t offer. But as with any kind of electronic device, correct installation is necessary to gain the benefits, and the experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating are here to help. If you are ready to upgrade your thermostat to a digital one, call us today and schedule an appointment for installation.

Types of Digital Thermostats

As mentioned above, there are a few types of digital thermostats from which to choose:

  • Simple digital – this type of digital thermostat is a single thermostat that connects to your HVAC system. The digital face is easily read and can be set precisely, which can go a long way toward saving energy for many households.
  • Programmable – digital thermostats that can be programmed offer convenience and even better ways to help conserve energy. A programmable thermostat allows you to set heating and cooling programs for your home for up to 7 days. Most programmable thermostats allow up to 4 temperature changes per day, and you can loop your 7 day program to run continuously. With a programmable thermostat, you can program for times when your home will be unoccupied, such as during the work day, and take care of vacation times. You can even program the system to power up before you arrive home from work. With a programmable thermostat, you won’t have to worry about forgetting to change the setting on your thermostat.
  • Smart – smart digital thermostats are the crème-de-la-crème of the thermostat world. These types of digital thermostats offer all that programmable thermostats do, but also have remote access via smart devices, remote programming, monitoring, tracking and some even learn your patterns.

If you are ready to upgrade your thermostat, call the experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating and schedule an appointment for digital thermostat installation in North Chelmsford.

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Why Consider a Thermostat Installation with a New HVAC System Installation?

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Thermostats are one of the most important parts of any HVAC system. The thermostat is the control center of your heater and air conditioner, responsible for determining when they activate and for how long. Despite being so vital, however, thermostats are among the most neglected when it comes to maintenance and replacement. Many homeowners have thermostats that are significantly older than the heating systems they operate, and for no other reason than they aren’t considered a problem as long as they’re working properly. Actually, there are a number of very good reasons to have a new thermostat installed along with a new HVAC installation. Let’s examine some of those reasons now.


If you opened up a thermostat from 30 or 40 years ago, you’d find that it was more or less entirely mechanical. Most thermostats in those days used temperature sensors that were extremely inaccurate, despite being the best available at the time. Ampules filled with mercury and heat-sensitive coils did the job decently, but they had huge dead zones where they were not sensitive enough to activate the heater or air conditioner when needed. Later electronic thermostats had a huge advantage in terms of sensitivity and energy efficiency, which is why you’ll find them in most homes today. However, a lot of homeowners seem content to use a thermostat that’s over a decade old, despite much more accurate models being available.

Modern thermostats are leaps and bounds better than older electronic thermostats, just as those thermostats were better than the previous generation of mechanical thermostats. New sensor technology gives more modern thermostats even greater control over a home’s climate, making your living space more comfortable.

Some thermostats are even becoming adaptive, able to learn and anticipate your heating and cooling needs. With these systems, you barely have to touch the thermostat to achieve a comfortable home climate. The options that these new thermostats present make them worth using, both because they’ll save you money and make your home more comfortable.

So, if you’re installing a new HVAC system and you have an older thermostat, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We provide thermostat installation throughout the MetroWest area.

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