The fall season is here and that means it’s time to make changes around your home to improve the comfort level for both household members and anyone you invite over. Some of these changes will involve the use of your thermostat, so let’s take a look at the thermostat best practices that you should attend to right away.
Check the Batteries
The first thing you should do for the new season is check to see if the thermostat’s batteries need to be replaced. Luckily, modern units have indicator lights or make beeping sounds to indicate a low battery, but it doesn’t hurt to check manually, just in case.
Upgrade to a Programmable Model
While newer homes often come equipped with programmable thermostats, some older ones still utilize manual units. Programmable models, however, allow you to set the temperature during specific days and times. This gives you more control over your home’s comfort needs and will help you lower energy costs. Plus, “smart” units also allow you to control heating and cooling through a wi-fi connection.
Stick to a Schedule Whenever Possible
While programmable thermostats give you the option of making changes on the fly, as briefly discussed above, it’s always best that you stick to your desired temperatures as much as possible. If the temperature isn’t ideal, you may also want to consider other options such as bundling up when it’s colder than expected or bringing out the fans when it warms up.
Call a Qualified Technician
Before each new season or immediately after it begins, it’s a good idea to call on the help of a qualified technician to make sure everything is in good working order. He or she will check both your HVAC system and the thermostat that controls it. That way, if there are any problems, you can fix them right away and keep your home running smoothly.
For more expert advice on thermostat best practices or other home comfort concerns, contact the friendly professionals at Beyer Boys. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of San Antonio and the surrounding area since 1990.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).