Depending on the size and layout of your home, it can be beneficial to have more than one thermostat. Your basement, for instance, might be a part of your home that you don’t spend a lot of time in. You would be wasting energy to keep this area the same temperature as your bedroom.

One of the great benefits of installing smart thermostats is that they can communicate with each other and coordinate which parts of your home should be  the warmest based on your daily activity. In the winter for example, your bedroom would be warmer at night and your living room would be warmer during weekend days.

Our heating experts at Cencal will perform a detailed walkthrough of your home and help determine what type of thermostat layout will help you get the most out of your HVAC system.

Even those old full metal mechanical thermostats eventually break down. When your heating or cooling cuts out, sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint the problem. But here are some signs that your thermostat might be the culprit for a heating system that’s not working:

  • Your thermostat is not turning on heating or cooling.
  • Your thermostat is showing the wrong temperature.
  • Your thermostat shows inconsistent temperatures.
  • Your thermostat is showing a blank or faint screen.
  • Your thermostat is causing short-cycling or excessively turning on and off.

Whether you have an old-school mercury thermostat, a newer digital unit, or an advanced smart system, our service specialists at Cencal can assess the issue and get your thermostat working right. Your thermostat is always a good place to start when your heating or cooling system isn’t working right.

It’s never a good idea to turn your home’s heating completely off. But lowering the temperature when you know you’ll be away is the right thing to do. Consider these 2 heating principles:

  • The warmer your home is relative to the outside temperature, the more heat your home will lose.
  • The colder your home is, the longer it will take to heat to a comfortable temperature.

If your living space is too cold, it can lead to pipes freezing and other complications. But dropping the temperature when you’re not at home is a simple way to improve your heating system’s efficiency. If you normally keep your home at 70 degrees, try dropping the temperature to about 58 degrees while you’re away.

One way to make this constant calibration easier? Install a smart thermostat! You can schedule your work routine or other times you’re away from home so that your heating system adjusts automatically.

Replacing your old mechanical thermostat is like upgrading from a rotary dial to a smartphone. Sure, your rotary dial might still work but there’s so much more you can do with a smartphone!

Smart thermostats work on a learned behavior system. This means that your home’s heating system recognizes the times of the day and week when you’re most in-demand of heat. Smart thermostats can anticipate your arrival and many models can integrate with your smartphone for an even more precise experience.

Why does this matter? Because it saves you money by reducing the amount of wasted energy. Instead of your living space being heated constantly while you’re away, your home learns to manage heat cycles and only burns fuel when it’s beneficial.

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