Our HVAC technicians are constantly getting lots of different questions from customers about thermostats, so we thought it would be a good idea to answer some of the most common ones. Check our this great list of questions from our customers around Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA.
Q: I Have Two Thermostats In My House. Should They Be Set Differently?
Typically, homes with two thermostats have one on the first floor and one on the second floor. In homes with this configuration there is probably extra heat accumulating on the second floor because heat rises. It could also be configured this was because one level is much larger than the other and requires more circulation. Typically, the best way to adjust these thermostats is the ensure that the temperature is comfortable on both floors. If you use one floor more than the other than set that temperature on the floor you use less to allow that floor to get naturally warmer or cooler. This is a great way to save money on your energy bills.
Q: How Should I Set My Thermostat Throughout The Day?
A: Typically, you want to set your thermostat so you use a little energy as possible. If it’s winter and you’re running your furnace set the temperature lower while you’re not home and slightly higher when you are home. This reduces the amount of time your furnace is on while no one is there. If it’s summer do the opposite with your air conditioner. When you’re not home set the temperature slightly higher so your air conditioner doesn’t run, and when you’re home lower it to a comfortable level. This is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bills.
Q: If I Leave The Fan In The “ON” Position Is It Bad For My HVAC System?
A: If you don’t have any vents or doors closed in your home then there should be no issues with air imbalances and your system will simply continuously circulate and filter the air in your home.
Q: What Brand Of Programmable Thermostat Should I Install?
A: While it’s important to select a programmable thermostat that works properly, a specific brand or model shouldn’t be sought out. It’s more important to choose a programmable thermostat that has all the features and settings that can accommodate your needs and works well with your system. There are different types of thermostats for single-stage heat pumps, multi-stage heat pumps, straight air conditioning, air conditioning with gas heat, etc. Find out what the best thermostats for your system are by asking your Phoenix Heating & Cooling HVAC technician during your next maintenance visit.
Once you understand which thermostats suit your system it’s important to choose one with at least the ability to program various temperatures a different points in each day of the week. The ability to program 7 days of the week with multiple temperatures each day is a great way to ensure you’re running your HVAC system as efficiently as possible.