If you are considering upgrades for your home in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, you may want to start with your thermostat. Don’t assume that all thermostats are compatible with your HVAC system — or even that your current thermostat is a good choice. Having the wrong thermostat can cause major issues with your HVAC system, so it’s important to make sure that your thermostat and HVAC system work well together.

How to Check

First, you need to identify exactly what type of heating and cooling system you have in your home. If you have a heat pump, boiler, or furnace, you need to find out if your current thermostat works with those systems. Although the majority of thermostats are designed to work with a variety of systems, check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your system. If you have doubts about your current system, you should also check that your current thermostat is wired correctly for your type of HVAC system.

Why It Matters

One of the main concerns for compatibility is whether your system is low voltage or high voltage. Hot water systems, gas and oil furnaces, and heat pumps are low-voltage systems, and run most efficiently with a thermostat designed for low-voltage systems. Alternatively, heating systems like electric baseboards need a high-voltage system. If the system is incompatible it may not work at all, it could run your system inefficiently, or it might even damage your equipment.

Upgrading Your Thermostat

When upgrading your thermostat, it’s important to understand whether your heating system is high voltage or low voltage, as well as what type of wiring it has. Looking inside your old thermostat will also tell you how many stages of heating or cooling your system has. Some programmable thermostats are not compatible with two-stage cooling systems. A certified technician can take out the guesswork, help you decide if it’s compatible, and make sure it’s installed correctly.

If you want your HVAC system to run efficiently, you need to make sure you have a thermostat that works well with your system. Call the experts at Custom Aire at (215) 638-1800 to discuss the best options for your home with a certified technician.