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Your thermostat controls the temperature in your Collegeville, Pennsylvania, home. As fall weather hits the northeast, pay special attention to your thermostat habits and behaviors because they influence your power bill. If you make these thermostat mistakes, you might be losing money every time your heater comes on.

Relying on a Non-Programmable Thermostat

Older thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature in your home, but their features stop there. Programmable models, however, give you much more control over your HVAC settings. You can program temperature changes by the day or even by the week. You don’t have to forget about setting back the temperature when you’re in a hurry and late for work.

If you want the best thermostat on the market, consider a WiFi-enabled smart thermostat. These models provide you with application connectivity; you can adjust the temperature settings from your smartphone or tablet.

Setting the Thermostat Too High

Experts recommend keeping your indoor temperature as cool as possible during the fall and winter. Each time you increase the temperature, you pay more for every minute your furnace runs. Try moving the temperature down one degree at a time to see where your comfort threshold lies. If you can tolerate it at 65 degrees rather than 70 degrees, you’ll save money.

Switching to Extremes

If you turn down your thermostat 15 degrees when you leave for work in the morning, your furnace will have to work much harder to bring the temperature back up when you get home at night. Avoid extremes when programming your thermostat during the winter months. Instead, use mild fluctuations to save money and keep your home comfortable.

Your thermostat is one of the most critical components of your HVAC system. In addition to installing a newer model and using it efficiently, make sure to care for your furnace. Before fall becomes winter, consider scheduling an HVAC maintenance call to get your furnace in shape for the cold weather. Call New Age Air at 610-298-0271.

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