Keeping tabs on your thermostat throughout the year can significantly benefit you, especially if you live in places with fluctuating temperatures. Being on top of how your thermostat is functioning can end up saving you money in the long run. In addition, homeowners are switching to programable thermostats. This allows them to determine when heat is necessary and when it isn’t—no need to heat your home to your comfort level when you are not home and waste energy. Continue reading to see how to test your thermostat!
This is an Energy Efficiency Task!
Many homeowners look into upgrading or investing in a programmable thermostat to help reduce heating and cooling costs.
Tasks can be done by: Homeowner, handyman, heating and air conditioning contractor, electrician
How To Test Your Thermostat | Task Steps
Step 1 – Inspect the thermostat
- Inspect the unit and make sure it’s free of any dust buildup. Dust can interfere with how the thermostat works.
- Test to see how well the system functions. If the heater or a/c does not come on when you turn on the thermostat, check to make sure the batteries are good or if they need to be replaced.
- Ensure the current temp is higher or lower than your desired temp; otherwise, your unit will not kick on.
- It is always a good idea to pay attention to which way the battery is installed. (+) (-)
- Tool List: Battery tester
Step 2 – Thermostat maintenance
- If you notice any dust buildup, blow any dust off the unit or wipe it down with a dry cloth. You can also use a vacuum, but make sure you do not damage the unit by trying to vacuum too close. If you use a vacuum, it’s best to reverse the vacuum hose and blow the dust off the unit.
- If you need to replace batteries, use the correct batteries and attach the thermostat back to the housing on the wall.
- Finally, always be sure to test everything after you’ve done maintenance.
- If you feel your thermostat is old and needs replacing, you could look into getting a programmable thermostat for your home. This could result in money savings in the future, e.g., rising or dropping temperatures when the house is unoccupied during the day.
- Tool List: Vacuum cleaner
- Supply List & Costs: compressed air can, replacement batteries
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