The thermostat is the control center of your HVAC system. With every adjustment of temperature and power, the thermostat will tell your AC or furnace to kick on to achieve the perfect levels of comfort for your home.
There is a common misconception that the thermostat is a simple “set it and forget it” tool, however, as such an important part of your HVAC system, your thermostat should be properly installed, used, and cared for in order to function at its best.
Read on to discover some of the thermostat mistakes you may have made, as well as some advice on how to give your thermostat all it needs to get the job done.
Thermostats, especially modern thermostats, are complex pieces of technology that require the correct set up in order to work properly. If installed incorrectly, the whole system could never function exactly how you want it to, resulting in poor comfort control and even a rise in energy costs due to inefficiency.
It’s in your best interest to hire a professional at the time of installation. They will not only wire everything correctly, but help you choose the perfect spot for the thermostat to live. If placed on a window-facing wall which is hit with the afternoon sun every day, the thermostat will assume the whole home is a higher temperature than it is. The same could happen if placed in a bathroom or kitchen which both see a higher amount of humidity.
Finally, newer thermostat models require the use of your WiFi, so they will need to be installed within a certain range of your router for you to take advantage of all its features.
How hard can it be to use a thermostat, right? While new models are relatively straightforward and simple to use, you may not be using the thermostat as efficiently as you could be.
If you have a smart thermostat, it is strongly encouraged that you use the programmable feature. This will allow you to set a timer on the heating and cooling of your home, saving you energy and money.
This way, while you’re at work the temperature could be a little outside your comfort zone, and as your return for the day draws near, the temperatures will slowly shift so you walk into a comfortable home.
It is important to remember that like most appliances, thermostats require maintenance. The thermostat uses sensors to determine the current temperature of the home and communicate with the rest of the cooling and heating systems as needed. If the sensor is dusty, grimy, or worse, damaged, it will not be able to properly read the room.
This can result in uneven temperatures and an increase in energy use. Be sure to add the thermostat to your cleaning and dusting routine to keep it in squeaky clean condition. If your unit runs on batteries, be sure to frequently replace them with a fresh set to keep the comfort coming. Need help remembering to do so? Write it down six months in advance on the family calendar!
The Right Settings
When you’re feeling extremely hot or cold, it can be tempting to crank the temperature in order to achieve the comfort level you want faster. However, your HVAC system only works on one speed and this tactic will only keep it on for longer, costing you more money than necessary to get comfortable.
Additionally, you can save about 1% on your energy bill for every degree of thermostat adjustment per 8 hours. So, if you’re feeling up to the challenge, try setting the temperature a little higher or a little lower than you typically would to find the absolute levels that work for you.
For proper installation, maintenance, and care of your thermostat, give Quality Degree, Inc. a call at (610) 600-1108!