Maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your home at any time of year has a lot to do with the state of your thermostat. Once the signal between the thermostat and your heating or cooling system starts to waiver, inconsistency will be the result, if you get any response at all. It’s important to ensure your equipment is always in good working order, and trusting the job to Time Plumbing, Heating & Electric Inc. is a great place to start.
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Is Your Thermostat the Cause of Your Discomfort?
If your thermostat says one thing and it seems questionable, the issue may not be due to a faulty heater or AC, but rather the thermostat itself. Here are some practical troubleshooting tips to help determine if your thermostat is the reason behind overly cool or warm temperatures in your home.
Problem: Your home feels cooler than the reading on the thermostat.
- Thermostat is in a sunny area: If your thermostat is in a sunny area, it could be that the sunlight is causing a false reading. If this is the case, your heater will turn off before your home reaches its ideal warmth.
- Thermostat is too close to the heater: Similar to the sun, your heater can cause your thermostat to read a higher temp than the rest of your home.
Problem: Your home feels either warmer or colder than the reading on the thermostat.
- Thermostat isn’t centrally located: If one part of the house always seems to be a bit warmer or cooler than the rest of the home, it could be that your thermostat isn’t in a central location. It’s generally recommended to place the thermostat in the hallway for a more accurate reading. If the thermostat isn’t the culprit, ask us about zoned heating and cooling options.
- Thermostat is dusty: Dust and debris buildup inside the thermostat can cause inaccurate readings. If this is the case, remove the thermostat cover and gently brush away the dust.
- Thermostat is old or faulty: Thermostats need to be replaced about every 10 years. After that, they can start to develop malfunction. If yours is over a decade old, consider replacing it with a programmable or smart model.
All of your indoor comfort issues can’t be blamed on the thermostat, but it can be a good starting point. If after trying these troubleshooting tips you still can’t seem to get the right temperature in your home, give us a call and let our experts help!
Having Temperature Control Issues?
Does your home ever feel cold, even when your thermostat says your heater is producing your desired temperature? If it does, you may be thinking that it's time to get som heater repair or even a furnace replacement. But you would be wrong. In cases like these, the culprit is your thermostat, and not your heater at all! The solution may be as simple as replacing the batteries in your thermostat, or it may be more complex, like checking the wiring. The professionals at Time Plumbing, Heating & Electric, Inc. can help you solve all your heating control problems.
Is It Time for a New Thermostat?
Many people just think of their thermostat as that thing on the wall that makes it warm or cool in the house, but it has a very important job. It is responsible for sending the message to the furnace or AC that it’s time to kick into gear, and let them know when to ease off after the requested temperature has been reached.
If your appliance is several years old and you’re not getting the same kind of consistent heating and cooling as you’ve been used to, it may be time for a change. This is especially true if you’ve had some repairs, but the problems continue. It’s easy to think of the furnace and AC as the only important parts of the process, but without a quality thermostat, neither system will run effectively.
Exciting Features of the Modern Thermostat
Upgrading to a modern way of controlling your temperature, can have some exciting features, especially if you’ve been saddled with an older thermostat that’s equipped with a dial and little else. Modern thermostats have features like:
- Digital display settings for days of the week
- Customized time of day settings
- Vacation settings
- Touch screen programming
- Wireless fucntionality to control your temperature from your phone
- Indicators telling you when to change your furnace or AC filter
These smart thermostats make keeping your house at a consistent temperature a breeze, and they can help you save money by running your heating and cooling systems more efficiently.
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