I’ve always been conscientious about taking good care of the furnace, air conditioner and ductwork.
I forgot about the importance of the thermostat.
The control is essential to effective and efficient operation of the heating and cooling system. I didn’t realize that improper use of the thermostat can result in energy waste, stress on equipment and higher running costs. I finally upgraded from an ancient, traditional thermostat to a smart model. This helped to reduce energy used to heat or cool an empty house during the day. Setting up a program for adjustments to be made at specific times avoids excess wear and tear. A modern thermostat elevates system reliability and extends lifespan. I estimate that I’m saving almost $200 per year just by taking advantage of thermostat programming. I no longer need to remember to lower or raise the setting before leaving in the morning or going to bed at night. The furnace and air conditioner aren’t running at maximum capacity when comfort is unnecessary. I’ve also tried setting the thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and higher in the summer. THe house still feels perfectly warm or cool and yet we are using less energy. I have stopped making big adjustments hoping to raise or lower indoor temperature very quickly. I’ve realized that the thermostat has nothing to do with how fast the furnace or air conditioner works. There is only so much conditioned air flowing from the vents. I now pay attention to thermostat maintenance. I make sure to replace the batteries every year as well as after a power outage. I’ve relocated the thermostat so that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or drafts.