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4 Thermostat Tips to Maximize HVAC Efficiency

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Are your heating and cooling bills through the roof? Then there are a few crucial steps you should follow to improve HVAC efficiency.

First, you must maintain HVAC units to optimize performance. You also need to replace the system with high efficiency equipment when it’s too worn out. 

Furthermore, your optimized HVAC will still waste energy if you use it inefficiently. Lucky for you, we’re about to teach you what you can do about this.

This guide lists four important thermostat tips you can use to conserve energy in your building. Note that these tips apply to both your home and your business. 

Read on to learn what you need to know.

1. Test Your Thermostat Twice Per Year

One of the most important things to understand is that you can’t optimize a broken thermostat. So the first thing you should do is troubleshoot your thermostat to make sure it’s working. We recommend you do this every spring and fall, just before the hottest and coldest months of the year.

Before you start, get a secondary indoor thermometer. This is a cheap and straightforward solution to see if your thermostat’s thermometer is reading and responding correctly.

Next, test each feature of your thermostat one by one. These features include heating, cooling, on, off, auto, and any other mode your thermostat features. Afterward, try running a programmed schedule.

While you test these features, check the vents. This is to make sure the system activates and that the air from the vents is hot or cold, whichever is desired.

If you notice any problems, call an HVAC repair company.

2. Don’t Waste Energy on an Empty Building

Always set an appropriate, energy-saving temperature when no one is in the building. During these times, you could set the thermostat as high as 80 degrees in summer and as low as 60 degrees in winter to reduce the charges on your energy bill. 

This way, lots of energy is saved, and extreme indoor temperatures are avoided. However, take care to keep your home warm or cold enough for any pets in the house.

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3. Program Your Thermostat

Taking the last step a bit further, you should use a programmable thermostat according to your routine occupancy schedule. This is especially helpful because you can start heating/cooling half an hour before entering the building. That way, your home or office is the perfect temperature when you get there.

Furthermore, an improperly programmed thermostat will defeat your efforts to control the temperature.

4. Lock Up Your Thermostat

Finally, make sure only one person is in charge of the thermostat. You can’t maintain thermostat control if everyone in the building keeps changing the settings. Consider a lockable thermostat housing to prevent unauthorized access.

Improve Your HVAC Efficiency With These Tips

Now you can apply these tips in your home or business to improve HVAC efficiency. Feel free to share these tips with others so that they’ll be inspired to reduce their energy costs too.

Lastly, always remember that your HVAC efficiency depends on maintenance, repair, and timely replacement. So don’t hesitate to get the HVAC services you need.

You can contact us here or call us at (412) 478-8865 to service your residential or commercial HVAC system in Pittsburgh.