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are you using your thermostat the right way

Are You Using Your Thermostat the Right Way?

It wasn’t always as easy as it is today to regulate the temperature within our homes!

Although the first thermostat was invented in 1886, most people didn’t have one until much later. In the beginning of the 20th century, most homes were equipped with manual furnaces.

This meant that each morning, you had to truck down to the basement (where the furnace was typically located) and stoke coal, adjust valves, and situate dampers (1, 2).

It was no walk in the park, to say the least!

It wasn’t until the 1940s that thermostats finally began to make their way into more homes (2). Since then, the world of HVAC systems and thermostats have evolved even more. Now, thermostats have advanced features like never before that can all be accessed from a single, easy-to-use screen (3).

Lucky for you, you get to enjoy these modern day thermostats!

BUT, what good are they if you’re not using them correctly? Many people don’t know that they’re using their thermostat improperly, or simply not taking advantage of their thermostat’s full potential. When you operate your thermostat the right way, you’ll save yourself money. And who doesn’t love that?

1. Are You Automating Your Thermostat?

The first significant money saving tip is to automate your thermostat. In fact, you can save up to 10% a year on cooling and heating just by setting your thermostat back a few degrees from its normal temperature for 8 hours a day. If you’re not home, your thermostat doesn’t need to be set at a comfortable 72 degrees.

You can set your thermostat back a few notches according to different times and days of the week that you know you won’t be home. When it’s summer time, have it set for 78-80 degrees when you’re gone, and in the winter time, have it set for 60-62 degrees when you’re gone. This lessens the workload of your HVAC system, while also lessening your energy bill (4, 5).

2. Are You Setting Your Thermostat to a Reasonable Temperature Upon Arriving Home?

Everyone knows the feeling of coming home, either sweating or freezing, and quickly battering the thermostat to a drastically low (or high) temperature in hopes of the system working faster.

We’re here to tell you that (unfortunately) it doesn’t work this way. Turning your thermostat to 58 degrees will not cool your home any quicker, just as turning your thermostat to 82 degrees will not heat your home any quicker. You’re actually costing yourself money when you do this, since your system has to run longer in order to reach that setting (5, 6).

3. Are You Letting Your Thermostat Do Its Job?

Did you know that fiddling with your thermostat too often can make it less efficient? This is because it causes a constant stopping and starting of your AC and furnace, which strains their productivity. While you’re at home, don’t be continually messing with your thermostat—it will do its job if it’s set at the right temperature (6).

4. Is Your Thermostat in the Right Location?

Surprisingly, the location of your thermostat can impact its efficiency. Be sure not to place your thermostat too close to doors or windows, for this can produce false temperature readings.

Being near the outdoors, your thermostat may generate a reading that is slightly higher or lower than your home’s real temperature, which will cause your furnace or AC to kick on when it’s not needed (7).

Questions About Your Thermostat?

We’re pretty well versed in the world of HVAC systems and thermostats. If you’re having an issue with your thermostat, or would like to schedule a regular maintenance visit, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone. Call the experts at Greater Comfort at 859-491-4915 today to ensure that your home is as comfortable as possible.

Sources:

  1. https://www.thermostatrecycle.org/blog/a_brief_history_of_thermostats_the_inventors/
  2. http://www.independent.co.uk/property/interiors/the-secret-history-of-the-thermostat-2131751.html
  3. http://www.prothermostats.com/history.php
  4. https://pcsac.com/blog/4-quick-ways-automate-home
  5. https://energy.gov/energysaver/thermostats
  6. http://mspplumbingheatingair.com/blog/3-dumb-things-you-do-with-your-thermostat-that-cost-you-money
  7. https://www.mythinkenergy.com/five-facts-about-thermostats 
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