3 Facts About Thermostats Homeowners Should Know

Whether you're a new home buyer or a long-time owner, it's hard to keep track of everything you need to know about your home. We get it. There are the repairs, the upkeep, and the daily chores. It can be a lot for anyone.

That's why we're here to give you three facts you should know about your thermostat. So buckle up for some new knowledge or a needed refresher!

First, cranking your thermostat up (or down) doesn't cool or warm your house any faster. It uses more energy! Instead, try gradually adjusting your thermostat up or down in 1-2 degree increments. This practice may take more steps, but it's worth the extra exercise.

Second, thermostat location affects its operation. The best placement for your thermostat is away from vents, direct sunlight, or drafty windows. Placing one near these areas could cause "ghost readings." These readings are either higher or lower than the actual inside temperature.

If you have it close to any of these areas, you could have your AC blasting even when it's cold in the rest of the house. Alternatively, you could have an AC that refuses to turn on while you sweat on the couch.

Finally, smart thermostats aren't gimmicks. Fancy, flashy screens may seem unnecessary, but they are more than what they appear. You can use schedules for optimal heating & cooling with incremental changes. You don't even need to get off the couch once set! Some even have remote sensors, allowing the system to adjust better to your needs.

Even a basic digital model with improve your energy savings as opposed to the old dial/slider thermostats! No need to be too fancy.

We hope you now know--or remember--more about thermostats!