Thermostat Best Practices for Fall

October 11, 2019

Vastola Heating & Cooling has been serving Orchard Park and the Greater Erie County area with heating and cooling services for more than 70 years. We know how integral your thermostat is to being comfortable this autumn and winter. We also know that thermostat efficiency makes heating costs more affordable.

Avoid Adjusting Settings Too Much

The weather can be a bit erratic in the fall, and perhaps the biggest mistake homeowners make is over-adjusting the thermostat. This can cause the furnace or heat pump to be worked too hard and operate in an inefficient manner, which leads to higher energy bills.

Consider an Upgrade

The best way to avoid over-adjusting is to invest in a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats are similar to programmable thermostats but have a more advanced feature set that depends less on the user. These thermostats avoid common problems like over-adjusting and deliver savings not just in the fall but throughout the year.

Assess Positioning and Alignment

If you schedule a tune-up, then a thermostat inspection will likely be included in that service. If you do not, this is a good time to reevaluate the positioning of your thermostat. Is it still in a relatively central location? Can it be affected by any sunlight, other heat sources, or even cooling sources?

Clean It

It is a good idea to clean your thermostat every several months, and early autumn is the right time if you have not done so recently. Remove the face and gently remove any dust that has accumulated within. Pay particular attention to contacts, coils, and the like, which is where dust buildup can cause inaccurate readings. If necessary, use a thin sheet of paper between the contacts to dislodge any dust.

Thermostat Help and More

Vastola Heating & Cooling in Orchard Park is a company you can rely on for a wide range of heating and cooling services, along with generator installation, maintenance, and repair. Call us today to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment.