Thermostats might not be very big, but they act as the brain of your furnace and air conditioning systems, dictating which system runs and for how long. Although HVAC professionals have spent decades perfecting the art of climate control, user error is incredibly common. Here are two thermostat mistakes you might be making and how to change your ways.
1. Not Updating the Date and Time
As soon as your thermostat is installed and programmed, you might trust your system to run like it should. Unfortunately, your system settings can become adjusted through no fault of your own, especially if you have proactive family members or you happen to live in a place where the power cuts out occasionally.
You might not think to check your settings regularly to make sure everything is correct on a system that seems like it is running properly. However, failure to update things like the date, time, and daily operating schedule can cause big problems, especially when the seasons change.
For instance, if you haven't adjusted your system settings for a few months and the power lapsed recently, the clock on your thermostat could be off, especially if you haven't been diligent at replacing battery backups. If the time is dramatically different than it is on your thermostat, your air conditioner or furnace might kick on or turn off when you don't want it to, affecting the comfort of your home.
To keep your home comfortable, check the system settings regularly, especially when you notice a problem with the way your home feels. Replace the batteries in your thermostat whenever you change the batteries in your smoke detectors, which will keep the time and date accurate on your system.
2. Moving the Box
Whether you are remodeling your home or adding a new room, you might be tempted to relocate your thermostat to free up some wall space. Unfortunately, all too often, people decide to stash their not-so-attractive thermostat in places where the system isn't capable of operating properly, which can impact indoor climate.
Every thermostat contains a small internal thermometer, which then corresponds with built-in temperature controls to dictate which system should be triggered and when. Unfortunately, if the unit isn't placed in an area where it can gauge the average ambient temperature of a space, it might not be capable of performing properly.
Place your thermostat on an interior wall away from direct sunlight, air drafts, and furniture. If the space around the thermostat is cramped or an air draft blows on the box, the unit might think the air in your home is warmer or cooler than it should be. The unit will signal extra AC in the summer and less heat in the winter.
If you are renovating your home or thinking about moving your unit, talk with an HVAC professional about a more appropriate place. Never place units inside of enclosed spaces like bathrooms, closets, or inside cabinets, and pay attention to the way the unit operates after it is installed and set up. If your home felt comfortable before but isn’t anymore, the problem could be caused by moving your unit.
Do you need a little help installing and setting up your thermostat? Here at Morey Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc., we make customer service our top priority by offering transparent pricing and focusing on client satisfaction. Whether you need emergency service to repair a broken air conditioner or furnace, or you are struggling with plumbing problems, our employees can take care of you.
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