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How to Get Rid of a Mercury Thermostat

Thermostats are no longer just a way to control your home’s temperature.  Thermostats today can be programmed to suit your family’s needs, control your humidity, and the new Nest thermostat can even program itself based on your family’s patterns.  Newer thermostats help increase energy efficiency and make life more convenient.  With all of these new options available, you may be thinking to upgrade your thermostat.  If you decide to do that, you will need to think carefully about how to dispose of your old one if it is a mercury thermostat,

Thermostats 10-15 years old or older typically contain mercury.  Though mercury thermostats are unlikely to crack or cause issues while they are in use, it is important to make sure that they are disposed of properly when you replace them (EPA).

Heating and cooling companies, such as Flame, can dispose of them correctly.  If, however, you decide to do it on your own, it is important to research how to do it.  You can check out websites such as Earth911.com or Thermostat Recycling Corporation for information about where to recycle your old thermostats.

If you have any questions or concerns about your mercury thermostat, do not hesitate to contact Flame!

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