Your Top 8 Questions Regarding Your Thermostat

A thermostat is a component which senses the temperature of a system so that the system’s temperature is maintained near a desired set point.  Thermostats are used in any device or system that heats or cools to a set point temperature, examples include air conditioners and HVAC Systems.  Here are the answers to your top 8 questions that you had regarding Thermostats:

Are thermostats universal?

No, they’re not.  Our Technicians will be able to advise you of your options based on what type of system you currently have, the number of stages, and power source.  Thermostats can be programmable, WIFI, Digital, and Manual.  Let us help find the right one for you.

What’s the difference between a programmable and non-programmable thermostat?

A programmable thermostat makes the most efficient use of your system by automatically adjusting the set temperature through­out the day. You let the thermostat know your preferred temperature at different times of the day and night, then forget about it – the thermostat does the work.

Digital Non-Programmable
A non-programmable thermostat with a digital read-out is the best choice for people who prefer manually-controlled settings with the convenience of an easy-to-read LCD display.

 What is a “WIFI” thermostat?

 A WiFi thermostat connects to your home’s wireless Internet service and lets you remotely check and change the temperature in your home from an app on your smartphone or tablet. When WiFi thermostats first came out, the buyers were mainly snowbirds who wanted an alert if their furnace conked out while they were down south. That’s not the case anymore. In fact, WiFi thermostats are quickly becoming standard equipment for new homes.

 Can my thermostat save me money?

You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates than for those in more severe climates.

 How can I tell if my thermostat is working properly?

 The top 4 signs your thermostat may have gone bad are:

  1. Your thermostat has no power or is unresponsive
  2. Your AC won’t turn on
  3. Your AC runs constantly and won’t turn off
  4. Room temperature and setting don’t match

 How do I program my thermostat?

 It’s always best to consult the product manual for your model if you have specific programming questions.  If you have additional questions, just call us.  We’ll be happy to help!

 What should my thermostat be set at?

Set the air conditioning thermostat at your comfort level. Raise it a few degrees higher when away in the day. A lower air conditioning temperature makes your costs much higher. Setting your air conditioner at 70 degrees instead of 78 can almost double your operating cost!

If you have ceiling fans, run the fans and the air conditioner at the same time but set the air conditioner a few degrees higher, to 80 or 81 degrees. With the breeze from a fan, you should feel as cool as you would at 78 degrees with no fans, but you’ll reduce your costs by about 15%-25%.

Is my thermostat located properly in my home?

The best place for your thermostat is on an interior wall, away from all the areas such as direct sunlight, air vents, your kitchen, hallways, windows and doors. Ideally, it should be placed toward the center of your home. You should also take into consideration which rooms you and your family members use most frequently. That way, you’ll be certain the rooms in which you spend the most time are the most comfortable for everyone in the home.

So there you have your top 8 questions – if you need additional information, please call us 772-232-1114 and we’ll have one of our Technicians assist you.