Even if you have the newest, most energy efficient furnace, you still wouldn’t be able to use it properly without a thermostat. That’s why knowing exactly how your thermostat can affect your comfort is essential.
Here are four things you should know about your thermostat:
1. Most programmable thermostats aren’t set properly.
Although programmable thermostats are supposed to make your life easier, many homeowners don’t actually know how to use them or never properly set them so that they’re really taking advantage of all their benefits. If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure you look up the manual online or get help from an HVAC expert in setting it properly so that you’re comfortable and start saving on your energy bills.
2. Punching up the heat on the thermostat won’t warm your house faster.
Your thermostat is supposed to be set to the final temperature you want your home to be, so turning it up to 75 degrees when you actually only want it to be 70 isn’t going to do anything besides cost you more on your heating bill, since it won’t heat your home any faster. Remember that your thermostat isn’t responsible for heating your home — your furnace is and there isn’t anything you can do to hurry it up.
3. Proper thermostat settings are essential for comfort.
Sometimes homeowners think their thermostat is broken, however it’s often something related to the settings or the HVAC system itself. Frequently homeowners forget that older thermostat models require new batteries from time to time. Other times, the setting on the thermostat might be set to “cool” when they actually need it to heat, or the opposite. Proper thermostat placement in the home and well-defined programs are also essential to guarantee comfort. Often when a homeowner thinks there might be something wrong with their thermostat, it’s one of the issues mentioned above, or it sometimes means that the heating or air conditioning system needs repairs.
4. You can increase convenience, savings & comfort with a smart thermostat.
Smart, learning thermostats that are now available don’t even need to be programmed, but will learn your preferred settings after just a few days of use. Smart thermostats also allow you to control your entire HVAC system through your smartphone or tablet, so you can adjust settings whether you’re on the couch, at the office, or even on vacation.