Tips To Understand How Thermostats Work

How Do Thermostats Work Anyway?

A lot of people don’t have any clue how thermostats work. Because of this, they could be using their thermostat incorrectly and failing to get the most out of it. By the end of this article, you should have a good idea of how to set up your thermostat and how to adjust it properly to optimize the temperature in your home.

You need to have accurate sensors to get the most out of your thermostat. The sensors you have installed will send information to your thermostat. If you have one that is programmable, you need to be aware that your thermostat is taking information from two different sensors. One of the sensors is responsible for reading the temperature in a specific spot located in your home and the other will measure the temperature at a completely different spot. From there, it will use the combination of information presented to tell your HVAC system what it needs to do.



The Data

This is all of the information that your thermostat is producing for your air conditioning system or furnace. The data presented is crucial because it will dictate the temperature that your home maintains. It will also dictate how long it takes for that temperature to reach the level and whether or not there is a lot of humidity throughout. From all of the numbers and data, a programmable thermostat can give you much-needed information about how long it will take to reach your desired temperatures. Likewise, it can tell whether or not air conditioning needs to be turned on or if the furnace does.

There is a lot of data that you will find on the screen of your thermostat. However, there is data that’s more important than others. It’s crucial to know what data is most important to figure out if your thermostat is working properly. You need to figure out what each of the data points means for your specific climate to ensure that your thermostat is set up correctly. You’ll find that homes in different climates may have different optimal temperatures. Therefore, you should always look to experiment when you are trying to figure out the right spot to set your thermostat. This will allow you to identify the optimal temperature and it can keep your thermostat operating at max efficiency.


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How About Manual Thermostats?

If you currently have a manual thermostat installed, you still need to know all of the information discussed above. However, you will have to make the adjustments on your own rather than relying on your thermostat. You need to figure out what temperature you want your home at and adjust your thermostat accordingly. You can always experiment with this.

As with anything, you’ll need to do a bunch of experimentation if you want to find the optimal spot. Once you get a hang of it, you’ll be able to adjust it better. This can end up saving you a lot of money on your home’s heating and cooling.

If you don’t fully understand your thermostat and you need more assistance or if you are interested in learning about the wireless thermostat options that are available, you can count on us.

Contact the professionals here at JD Swallow and you can get any issues you have diagnosed and dealt with promptly.

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