While your HVAC system plays a pivotal role in the comfort of your Inverness, Florida, home, it doesn’t mean anything without a thermostat that’s up to the challenge. However, there are many myths and fallacies surrounding thermostats that you should know about. By understanding what your thermostat can and can’t do, you’re able to curb any bad habits while providing the utmost in home comfort.
Setting Your Thermostat to Extremes Will Heat or Cool Faster
One of the biggest myths regarding analog, programmable, or smart thermostats is that they’ll heat or cool your home faster if you set them to the extremes. This couldn’t be further from the truth. No matter if you’re heating or cooling, your heat pump, air conditioner, and furnace will reach the temperature at the same pace. Instead of putting the temperature at 90 degrees or 50 degrees, set it to the temperature you desire in order to save energy and cash.
Using a Programmable Thermostat Automatically Saves You Money
When you install a programmable thermostat, the idea is that it will save you money by keeping a lower or higher temperature while you’re away. According to one study from the Berkeley National Laboratory, up to 50 percent of these thermostats are set to permanent hold. This means that it effectively functions as a manual thermostat, offsetting the programmable aspect it’s meant to keep, unless you make sure to program it to change according to your schedule.
Make sure to always check if your thermostat says permanent hold, or you may get the same or bigger bill than you bargained for.
Your Thermostat Is Always the Problem
If you set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature, yet you notice drafty areas or temperatures that aren’t want you wanted, it’s not always the thermostat that’s to blame. Poorly maintained HVAC systems, leaky ductwork, and old weatherstripping can all contribute to less than stellar temperatures.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to your thermostat. While it can provide comfort, make sure to keep up on repairs and maintenance. That’s when you should call Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. at 866-881-8935.
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