5 Mistakes Homeowners Do with Their Thermostat

If you think you’re getting optimal comfort without wasting energy and money, think again! You may never know it, but your unit works inefficiently and your savings go to waste because you’re using your thermostat incorrectly. Read on to learn the five common mistakes you’re doing with your thermostat and how you can get around them.

Adjusting Your Thermostat Incorrectly

During the winter season, many homeowners tend to set their thermostat too high thinking that it will heat up their space faster. Doing that will only result in wasted energy and higher heating bills. Ideally, the right temperature setting should be 68° in the daytime, and 61° when you’re away. Adjusting your thermostat to that setting won’t just make you feel comfortable but will also save you extra cash on your bills.

Turning the Thermostat Off and On

While shutting off your unit during the day to save energy sounds practical, you are actually mistaken! Doing this can cause humidity problems and poor indoor air quality. Instead, use the setback option of your programmable thermostat. This smart feature allows you to adjust the times you turn on your unit according to a preset schedule.

Not Changing the Temperature

Sticking to one temperature at all times might seem an efficient way to keep your home comfortably warm, but it actually costs you more. Leaving the same thermostat setting when no one is home during the daytime is a waste of energy and money.  Good thing there’s now a more convenient way to control your indoor temperature while you’re away—programmable thermostat! It’s cost-effective, more accurate, and includes other unique features that you’ll surely love!

Having the Wrong Perception About Your Thermostat

Are you one of those homeowners who think that a thermostat can heat up or cool down your space quickly? Though it can be a reasonable assumption, it’s a wrong perception about your device. Your thermostat works only to adjust the indoor temperature based on its reading and settings.

Overworking the Thermostat

Just like other machines, your thermostat needs to rest for at least an hour or two. This will buy some time for it to function more efficiently. So don’t let your device work 24 hours a day, instead turn it off when you’re away or simply program its temperature setting. Are you using your thermostat properly to make the most out of it? If you have doubts about it, then keep in mind this helpful information from your local heating pros. For more expert advice about your HVAC system and thermostat, stay tuned for more helpful blogs from BV Air Conditioning & Heating. And if you need a new furnace installation or maintenance for your comfort equipment, contact us at 682-247-0506.

Christmas & Your HVAC: 5 Safety Tips for the Holidays

As the holiday season gets underway, most of us will begin decking the halls with holly, twinkle lights, and other decorations. While you are busy making your house look festive, safety could be one of the last things on your mind. To keep your household safe and happy this Christmas time, follow these five (5) safety tips from BV Air Conditioning & Heating.

Don’t Cover Your Thermostat

With the holiday spirit in the air, it’s easy to get carried away decorating your home and even covering your thermostat with big and shiny decorations. Unfortunately, these Christmas decorations can cause your device to misread your home temperature. Impeding your system from function properly, causing poor comfort and high energy bill.

Clear Your Outdoor Unit

Twigs, dirt, and other debris can have their way to get inside your outdoor unit. These unwanted elements can damage your system’s components and compromise its performance. Check your condenser and make sure that it’s clean and clear to avoid comfort issues this Christmas.

Inspect Your Electrical System

Oh what a joy to see your dancing (and singing) Christmas lights in and around your home. But before you start hanging and setting them up, carefully check the lights, cords, plugs, and, more importantly, your electrical system. Call a licensed technician for a complete inspection and any potential issues.

Change Your Air Filter

Dirty and clogged filters can cause airflow issues, high energy costs, and even system failure. Be sure to replace your air filter this holiday season to achieve better indoor air quality and big savings on your bill. Also, stock up so you’re prepared throughout the season.

Schedule an HVAC Maintenance

The most important and overlooked safety resources—HVAC maintenance! While Christmas is the busiest time of the year, don’t forget to give your system the care it deserves. Have your local contractor inspect, test, clean, and ensure that your unit is working in tip-top shape. After all, your HVAC system needs this gift! Oh the joy of Christmas is here! So don’t let a malfunctioning HVAC system ruin this special season with your family and friends. Follow these safety tips to have a safe and merry holiday! Contact us at BV Air Conditioning & Heating for your comfort needs, and our expert technicians will be there right away.