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How Can I Safely Dispose of My Mercury Thermostat if I Buy a Newer Programmable Control?
Thursday, February 18, 2016
HVAC service technician replacing old thermostat

What you might not know about safety and prevention when it comes to your heating and cooling system.

Are you in the know when it comes to safety and your home HVAC system? When it comes to keeping our homes and our environment safe, many people don’t even think about our thermostats. Did you know that old thermostats contain mercury, just like old thermometers? Here are some facts you should know.

What’s the Deal With Mercury?

Everyone knows mercury is dangerous, but not many people really understand why. Mercury is one of the most toxic and environmentally damaging elements that we have put into use in items that have been in our homes for generations.

The scary truth that we now know is that exposure to mercury can cause damage to the central nervous system, the digestive and immune systems, the lungs, kidneys, and brain. It can even be fatal. That’s why it’s so critical that it’s disposed of properly.

What Do I Do With My Old Thermostat?

Don’t ever throw your old thermostat in the trash. It’s incredibly environmentally damaging when mercury ends up in a landfill and gets into the water and soil, exposing animals to its toxic properties. Instead, it’s easy to find a recycling center that will take and properly dispose of your old thermostats. There are many recycling centers nationwide to handle the mercury, generally at no cost to you.

Mercury is not a joking matter. It's incredibly toxic and harmful to your health, and it's important to you and the environment that it gets disposed of properly. For all of the safety and prevention information you need when you're ready to install new thermostats, contact the team at All City Heat & Air.

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