Facts About Thermostats

Once upon a time the mercury thermostat was considered cutting edge technology. But, now smart thermostats can almost take on a mind of their own.

Below are some fun facts you may not have known about thermostats:

Location is key. Many people don’t know that the placement of the thermostat can have a direct effect on the energy use for a home or business. Finding a good location to place a thermostat can be financially rewarding. Avoid direct sunlight, place it away from windows and registers, and do not place it in the kitchen. The temperatures in these locations can fluctuate resulting in an inaccurate temperature reading and lead to added energy costs.

The more the better. Having multiple thermostats will help to save money heating or cooling certain rooms.  Some rooms in your home may not be utilized as much as others. Maintaining comfort levels in bedrooms is more important than a one-size-fits-all approach.

Mercury can be dangerous. Old thermostats containing mercury are still used, but energy economics favor a change to those using smart technology. Another reason to change out old thermostats is that mercury can be dangerous if the device is broken.  Mercury is a highly toxic metal that can cause health problems. Also, it is against federal regulations to throw it out in the trash. Your best option is to call a professional installer to switch out your thermostat and properly dispose of the old one.

Smart thinking. Adjustments in thermostats can have a major impact on energy costs. Using a smart thermostat that can be programmed to make regular temperature adjustments based on whether you are at work, home, or asleep will use less energy.

It is not always a faulty thermostat. You may have been under the impression that when you can’t get the temperature to your liking, it is that your thermostat is faulty. In reality, the problem likely stems from your HVAC system itself or from the ductwork. Having that checked out should offer a more accurate diagnosis.

Thermostats are a vital part of our everyday comfort, so having a programmable thermostat installed in your home is a win-win situation. They are convenient, bring added comfort, and save you both time and money.

Are you ready to upgrade your thermostat? Contact us today! We offer programmable thermostats and installation.