The Pacific Northwest is known for experiencing a year’s worth of seasons of weather in one day. Having a thermostat that can keep up with the ever-changing weather makes sure you stay comfortable while keeping heating bills as low as possible.

Understanding Thermostats

The job of a thermostat is to keep a consistent temperature inside your home. The style of thermostat in your home; bimetallic, gas-filled bellows, or wax will control how quickly your thermostat can adapt to rapidly changing temperatures. Cost, energy efficiency, and the comfort goals of your home are also factors when selecting the proper thermostat for your home. 

No matter how old or new your thermostat is, Lifetime Heating & Cooling can optimize your equipment to help your family stay comfortable and save money.

Managing Your Thermostat

To get the highest energy savings, experts recommend setting your thermostat to 68 degrees in winter and 78 degrees in summer during the day and then when asleep or not at home to dial the heat or air conditioning back a few extra degrees. You’ll also want to decide if you want to keep it on the “automatic” setting or if you want the fan on all the time.

Like all household appliances, it’s important to keep the system clean and clear of dust and other debris. Change the filter every three months or as recommended by the manufacturer. Make sure to also check your vents. Keep vents clean and make sure your furniture or other decor is not blocking the airflow.

Thermostat Problems

Thermostat problems often start subtly. The warm or cool air starts shutting off before the desired room temperature, air doesn’t come on when directed, the readout isn’t accurate, or the unit may not have any readout at all. 

A non-working thermostat is a recipe for high energy costs. It is more cost-effective to maintain your home’s comfort settings than having to adjust a too-hot or too-cold house. Troubleshoot the issue as soon as you notice a problem. 

If you’re having trouble with your thermostat, calling a professional such as Lifetime Heating & Cooling to help diagnose the problem gets your home back into working order quickly and helps save you money on your heating and cooling bills.