The first thermostat was invented in 1886, but it was just in the 1940’s that people began to use thermostats in their homes. This means that people during those days regulated the temperature by trucking down to the basement or where the furnace was located and manually adjust its performance by stoking coal, adjusting the valves, and situating the damper.
Lucky for you, you were able to live in an era where thermostats already play a big role in residential places. But, it is nothing if you are not using them correctly.
- Are you automating the thermostat?
Everyone loves the money-saving feature of a well-used automated thermostat. It offers up to 10% savings on your annual heating and cooling cost. You just have to set the thermostat a few notches lower from the normal temperature at least 8 hours a day, depending on the times you will not be home.
The most suitable thermostat setting for the winter is between 60-62 degrees and 78-80 degrees in the summer. This helps reduce the workload of your unit while helping cut the cost on your energy bill.
- Are you setting the thermostat reasonably when arriving home?
Are you also guilty of battering the thermostat quickly when you arrive from work thinking that it will cool or warm your home fast? Unfortunately, it does not work that way. If you set the thermostat instantly to 58 or 82 degrees so that heating or cooling will be quicker, you are only increasing your energy consumption because your furnace needs to function longer to reach the setting.
- Are you letting the thermostat do its job?
Do you know that your thermostat loses its efficiency if you keep on meddling on its operation? This is because you are making a constant stop and start operation to your furnace and A/C unit. When you know that the thermostat is set correctly, let it do its job.
- Is your thermostat at the right location?
The location of your thermostat can greatly affect its operation. Be sure not to mount your thermostat near doors and windows, too close to heat-emitting appliances or where it is directly hit by sunlight. These locations will make the thermostat generate false temperature readings.
Do You Have Any Questions With Your Thermostat?
Are you in Fort Worth, TX or nearby communities and have issues with your thermostat and HVAC units? We are well-versed in this kind of business so don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our technicians at Webb Air Heating and Cooling are always available to assist you with your needs.