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Thermostat Types for Your Home

Thermostat Types for Your Home

Thermostat Types for Your HomeFrom low tech to high tech, there’s an HVAC thermostat for every homeowner’s need and lifestyle. Maybe you’ve been thinking it might be time for a change. If so, here are some thermostat options that might appeal to you.

 

Analog

 

Analog thermostats are still available, minus the mercury that once was standard in the old-school models. They’re still inexpensive, but can end up costing you more on your utility bill, as they are not terribly accurate but provide temperatures within a range. Because they are mechanical rather than electronic, these thermostats are sometimes better for homes with an inconsistent power supply, such as those that are solar powered or ones with an inconsistent power supply. Electronic thermostats can get fried when power surges or wavers too much.

 

Digital Non-Programmable

These are exactly what the name suggests. They need a battery for the readout, while temperature is controlled by buttons. Not particularly expensive, they are more precise than analog.

 

Programmable

Programmable thermostats are challenging to operate, so when upgrading, many homeowners are skipping this technology and moving on to smart thermostats. That said, others are not ready to commit to smart technology running their HVAC systems.

If you opt for programmable models, expect to choose one that offers one of these programming modes:

  • weekly, every day the same schedule
  • two schedules, one for the week, one for the weekend
  • a different schedule every day

Programmable models usually offer up to four temperature changes a day.

These thermostats allow you to raise or lower temperatures for energy savings when you’re away from home or sleeping.

 

Smart or Wi-fi

Smart thermostats are controlled through an app in a smart device. Temperature can be adjusted from near or far. You can get as many fancy features as you like, including ability to control humidity, receive weather reports or sensors that “learn” your habits so your device can adjust temperatures according to your lifestyle.

 

For more on your thermostat options, or to schedule maintenance, repairs or HVAC installations, contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve Peachtree City and the surrounding area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040. 

What Thermostat Settings to Maintain When You Leave for a Fall Vacation

What Thermostat Settings to Maintain When You Leave for a Fall VacationWhenever you leave for fall vacation, you’ll have a number of things to take care of, from cleaning out the refrigerator, to setting the dimmer switches for the lights to come on at night, to making arrangements for the pets. But one thing you should not forget has to do with the thermostat settings for the HVAC.

Hot or Cold?

It can be a toss-up this time of year as to whether to turn on the heat or the air conditioner when you’re away. Weather predictions can help, but admittedly, if you’re gone for a good chunk of time, things may change.

 

Set your programmable thermostat about 5 degrees up for the air conditioner or 5 degrees down for the heating, depending on which you think you’ll need to run. The main thing, when it comes to heating, is that you don’t want your pipes to freeze, so never set the heater lower than 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. If you think your home will require air conditioning, make sure it will turn on so indoor temperatures are low enough not to stress plants or damage electronics.

 

You may want to request a friend or neighbor to come over periodically to check the temperature, particularly if weather conditions change drastically. Make sure the friend/neighbor knows how to change over the thermostat if you need to switch from one mode to another, or to adjust the temperature. You’ll always want to be alerted if there’s a malfunction.

Why Wi-Fi is Better

A Wi-Fi thermostat may be an even better choice than a programmable model for vacationers as you can control your HVAC from near or far through an app on your smart device. Need to switch to heating mode when temperatures plummet? No problem with this type of thermostat. Receive weather alerts and adjust the temperature as needed. You may even opt for a system that senses humidity, so that you can adjust it as needed in the home.

 

Want to learn more about thermostat settings for your fall vacation? Contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve Peachtree City and the surrounding area.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040. 

 

Resetting Your Thermostat to Run on Schedule

Resetting Your Thermostat to Run on ScheduleWhen a programmable thermostat starts to malfunction, it can result in wasted energy, increased heating and cooling costs, and loss of HVAC system efficiency. Here are some of the reasons why your programmable thermostat might lose its scheduling function and what you can do to fix it:

Programmable Thermostat Scheduling

Programmable thermostats’ ability to precisely schedule the operation of your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace is the main reason they are popular with residential and commercial customers. By using pre-programmed schedules called set points, you can reduce HVAC operation when it’s not needed, such as when you’re out of the house for the day. Other set points can automatically turn on your HVAC system to ensure your indoor areas are comfortable by the time you get back home. In total, this improves HVAC system efficiency and significantly cuts overall energy costs.

Resolving Scheduling Issues

If a programmable thermostat cannot maintain these set point schedules, the benefits of having a programmable model are lost. Some of the main reasons why the scheduling function might not work include:

  • Weak or run-down batteries: If the batteries in your programmable thermostat are weak or running low on power, the thermostat won’t be able to maintain its schedule settings. It only takes a moment’s loss of power for the settings to be lost. New batteries should solve the problem.
  • Dirty interior: Household dirt, dust, smoke, cobwebs, and other materials can settle on the thermostat and get inside it. If they foul the electrical connections inside the thermostat, power issues can result and schedule settings can be lost. Clean the thermostat inside out.
  • Loose wires or connections: Over time, wires and terminal screws may come loose inside the thermostat. This, again, results in loss of power that deletes schedule settings. Check the wiring and connections to make sure everything is tight.

Powers Heating and Air has more than sixteen years of professional experience in the HVAC industry, serving customers in and around Peachtree City. Contact us today for more information on programmable thermostats and how to ensure your thermostat works properly in all seasons.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

Winter Calls for Resetting Your Thermostat Programs

Winter Calls for Resetting Your Thermostat ProgramsResetting the programmable thermostat is a seasonal “to-do” task. Those summer settings, meant for cooling long daylight hours, don’t apply to the realities of the winter heating season. You’ll need to set new on/off times for the furnace plus make allowances for changing living patterns in the house, such as occupants turning in for bed earlier and different temperature preferences to stay comfortable.

 

Utilized correctly, a programmable thermostat can save up to 20 percent on heating/cooling costs compared to an old-school manual model. The consistency of indoor temperature and the energy-efficiency and convenience of letting automation take care of daily adjustments are additional paybacks. Here are some guidelines for resetting the programmable thermostat for winter.

Waking Hours Temperature

The range of 68 to 70 degrees has been shown to be most comfortable for wake-up time on a winter’s morning and as long as the house is occupied.

Sleeping Hours Temperature

Set the sleeping temperature to begin about an hour before actual usual bedtime. For the overnight hours, program a temperature in the range of 60 to 62 degrees.

Empty House Settings

A half-hour before the usual time the last person leaves the house for the day, set a programmed temperature about 15 degrees below the normal temperature when the house is occupied.

Return Home Settings

30 minutes before occupants usually begin arriving home again, program the thermostat to return to normal occupied temperature.

Weekend Settings

Assuming your normal routine varies on Saturday and Sunday, take advantage of the separate Weekend setting option provided by most programmable thermostats. Set different times and temperatures appropriate to weekend hours of activity and occupancy.

Vacation Option

If you’ll be leaving town during the winter, utilize the Vacation option on the thermostat’s menu. You can program a lower temperature to maintain 24/7 while you’re gone. This will save on unnecessary heating costs yet still keep the house safely warm to avoid issues like frozen pipes in event of a severe cold spell.

 

Need advice of assistance resetting the programmable thermostat for winter? Contract the pros at Powers Heating & Air.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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You Can Save Money by Resetting Your Programmable Thermostat

You Can Save Money by Resetting Your Programmable ThermostatOne thing that’s important to remember about programmable thermostats is that your programmed settings for one season aren’t going to work in another season. In other words, if you haven’t already done so, you should reset your programmable thermostat for the wintertime.

Basically, the idea is to program “setbacks” in your programmable thermostat when the house is empty during the day and at night when everybody’s sleeping. If you do this on a consistent basis, your annual energy savings can be substantial.

Programming a Thermostat for Cold Weather Energy Savings

A typical winter weekday program might work like this:

  • During the overnight hours, set the temperature 8-12 degrees lower than your regular comfort temperature. Most people prefer cooler temperatures while they’re sleeping, anyway.
  • Program the thermostat so that it warms up the house shortly before family members awaken to prepare for work or school. If your family is up and out fairly quickly, you might skip this step since it does waste energy to raise the temperature significantly for such a short period of time.
  • Set the thermostat back to 55-58 degrees while the house is empty all day long. On a relatively mild Georgia winter day, the heat might not have to kick on at all.
  • Program the thermostat to return to your household comfort level (for many households that’s around 68 in the wintertime) shortly before family members are expected to return home. Then leave it there until bedtime.

Other Tips for Saving Energy with a Programmable Thermostat

  • For maximum energy savings, employ setback periods of at least six hours. Shorter setbacks tend to waste rather than save energy.
  • As much as possible, refrain from overriding programs. This defeats the purpose of a programmable thermostat.
  • If you have children, teach them not to fuss around with the thermostat. Ask other family members to check with you before changing the program.

If you need help programming your thermostat, or would like to upgrade to a smart, programmable thermostat, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air, serving the Newnan, Sharpsburg, Senoia, Fayetteville, Tyrone and Peachtree City areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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