How Should You Properly Use Your Thermostat?

The thermostat is one of the main components of your heating and cooling system, as it controls the temperature of the room to just the right level, so you don’t feel too cold or too hot. It also controls the flow of energy in and out of the system. Some thermostats – the older ones – are manual, and the newer models are automatic. Throughout the lifespan of your heating and cooling system, you will encounter issues that will require boiler repairs to resolve. If this happens, you can call on your trusted plumber to take a good look at your system and determine what they need to do to get it running again.

 

Electricity savings

 

You can get a lot of savings on our electricity bill if you know how to set your thermostat correctly and take care of the entire system to ensure that everything is in working order. You have to get the correct settings of the thermostat to provide you with just the right amount of heat or cooling when you need either of them. You can lower the setting to the thermostat and use a fan to circulate the cold air in the room.

 

Central cooling system

 

If your home has a central cooling system, there are two settings that you can choose from: the ‘on’ or the ‘auto’ setting. With the ‘on’ setting, the fan will continuously run regardless if the cycle is on or off. With the latter setting, the fan will only run during the cooling cycle.

 

Proper care and maintenance

 

To prevent any thermostat problems from hounding you either on the coldest or the hottest days, you must perform regular maintenance on your furnace so it can last a long time without experiencing any problems. Here are some maintenance tips you can perform.

  • Test the thermostat one in a while to see if it is working accurately. You can do this every autumn, before the heat sets in. Grab a thermometer that you are sure provides accurate readings and tape it next to your thermostat. Wait for 15 minutes for the thermometer to settle and see if it reads the same as the thermostat. A difference of 2 to 5 degrees requires recalibration of your thermostat. Call a professional.
  • Adjust the anticipator. It tells the boiler to shut down earlier, allowing the residual heat to keep the room temperature at the desired level.
  • Replace the thermostat. Do this every several years or so, to make sure that your furnace and the entire heating and cooling system delivers its peak performance. Use the services of a professional plumber to make sure that they do the right thing. It takes skill to do this job, so if you don’t know what to do with your thermostat, it is best to delegate it to someone who has the skills and the tools for the job.

Doing these things will assure you that your thermostat will always be in top shape and will not give you problems in the long run.

 

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