It’s a fact, thermostats get plenty of work all year round. From heat waves to harsh winters, there’s no shortage of use for this invaluable device, which means it’s important to keep an eye on them to make sure they perform perfectly whenever you need them.
No one wants the inconvenience of sweating or shivering at home because the thermostat stopped working and no one, absolutely no one, wants to pay for expensive repairs when regular maintenance (most of which can be done by you for free) can keep your thermostat working for a long, long time.
So what can you do to keep your thermostat in top shape?
Follow these tips, of course:
Most thermostats come programmed with energy-saving ‘set points’ meant to keep the entire system working efficiently. Try to stick to these settings whenever you can.
Let the thermostat choose the temperature whenever you’re not home. This not one will help extend the life of your system but will also save you a lot of money in the long run.
Some brands of thermostats, such as the Honeywell, operate on batteries. It might seem like a no-brainer but you’ll be surprised how many people fail at making sure there’s still enough juice in the batteries. To keep your thermostat working, make sure to check them regularly.
Any system that uses air, be it to heat or cool, will have some sort of filter. These filters can get clogged which can cause all sorts of problems. Change the filters at least once every two months or once a month if they’re under constant use.
Alternatively you could always get a Honeywell or Nest thermostat, as their newer models include a reminder that lets you know when it’s time to change those filters
Yeah, we get it, no one wants to put extra money into something that’s already working perfectly but that’s the best one can do. Maintenance is always cheaper than repairs and definitely cheaper than having to replace something.
The best form of preventive maintenance is to hire a professional to check on your thermostat once a year. It might seem like a hassle but doing this is the best way to eliminate problems before they become critical.
Modern technology is amazing and having the ability to control the temperature in your house can be a bit of a power rush during those months where the weather is just crazy but try not to overwork your heating (or cooling) system.
If it’s cold, find a setting that will let you feel comfortable while wearing at his sweater.
If it’s hot, find a setting that will allow you to feel fresh when you’re wearing light clothes.
Remember, there’s no need to replicate extreme conditions inside your home! Technology requires proper use and maintenance to work at full capacity and thermostats are no different.
Small as they look, they’re the powerhouse of your home’s heating and cooling system so it makes sense to be careful with them so you can get as much use from them as possible. So remember, to keep your thermostat running all year round all you need to do is to avoid overworking it, change filters and batteries (if they use them) and schedule regular maintenance.