Did you know that you could save quite a bit of money on your heating and air conditioning costs when you have a thermostat that works well? However, far too often, heating repair & installation specialists visit clients whose thermostats are not pulling their weight. Here is what you need to know about this seemingly simple gadget.
Know the Right Temperature for Winter and Summer
The Department of Energy suggests setting a thermostat to 68°F in the winter and 78°F in the summer. To capitalize on savings, reduce the temperature in winter by 10°F when you are not home. In summer, set it higher during the times that you will not be home to benefit from the cool air of the HVAC system.
Signs That Your Thermostat is not Working Right
But even the best thermostat cannot save you money if it is not working right. Most thermostats last about a decade. Wiring problems can lead to intermittent failures. Dust buildup, too, shortens the lifespan of the gadget. Look for signs that yours might need replacing.
- Lack of power. If you have a digital display, it is blank or shows only dashes. This is a sign that the thermostat may have a battery problem. If it is wired into the electrical system, it may no longer communicate with the HVAC system.
- Failure to turn on or off. When you present your heating zones and times, they do not perform the way you expect. Some zones may not turn on at all. Besides that, a system may turn off before you reach your goal temperature. Whenever there is a deviation between the goal temperature and the actual functioning of the system, there is a problem.
- False temperature reading. Your thermostat says that it is a balmy 78°F in the room. You are wearing two sweaters and are shivering. There is clearly a discrepancy between the actual room temperature and the display value.
Calling a Heating Repair & Installation Specialist to Repair or Replace a Thermostat
Do not put this task on the back burner. If you do, you end up paying more than you should for your heating or cooling bills. Besides that, it takes away your ability to regulate the temperature in the home to feel comfortable. A specialist can clean the thermostat to see if it is salvageable. If it is not, replace it with a programmable product that will last you for another decade or so. Contact Wayne Price Heating & Air Conditioning today for help.