The Do’s and Don’ts to Using a Thermostat
A thermostat seems like a simple home tool. Its only purpose is to change your home’s temperature, right? Actually, while your thermostat does control how hot or cold your home gets, it also controls the way that your furnace and air conditioning function.
For this reason it is important that you know the right and wrong way to set your thermostat.
There are many different opinions about whether or not you should turn off your furnace or air conditioning while you are not at home. Most experts agree that if you are going to be away from your home for more than eight hours you should adjust the temperature within a few degrees of what you would normally keep it at. If you are going to be gone for less than eight hours, it is not efficient to adjust the temperature by much.
An HVAC unit runs similarly to your car. Your car gets better gas mileage when it is on the freeway and has to make less frequent starts and stops. Your furnace or air conditioning system also works better when it does not have to spend a lot of energy starting up and stopping again.
In addition, it is more effective to use a programmable thermostat. This will help you to get your home at the ideal temperature while you are at home or away.
It is not effective to set your thermostat at an extreme temperature to get your home to cool down or heat up faster. This actually overworks your HVAC system and could do damage.
It is also not good for your furnace or A/C to run in an inconsistent manner, starting and stopping at random intervals. For this reason you should avoid adjusting your thermostat up and down to get to a temperature you like. Instead, choose one temperature you like and do other things to adjust, like opening windows or using the oven.
If your home is not getting to the temperature you want fast enough, do not automatically assume it is a problem with the thermostat. It is more likely that you need to change your HVAC filter or your system needs a tune up from a qualified repair person. For more help on getting your furnace or thermostat up to par, call us today to request a quote or set up an appointment. We'll ensure your heating and cooling systems are running efficiently.