Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Thermostats’ Category

Are You Using Your Thermostat Correctly?

Monday, July 27th, 2020

woman-using-thermostatMaybe you’re rolling your eyes at this question. “Is there really a right or wrong way to use a thermostat? It’s such a simple device! How could I be using it incorrectly?”

We get it, the thermostat is one of the smallest components of your air conditioning system and it can seem a bit absurd that we’d suggest you’re not using it to the best of its ability. But, the truth is, the way you use (or don’t use) your thermostat can have a significant impact on the efficiency of your air conditioner–and your heater, for that matter.

The thermostat serves as the brain of your HVAC systems. If it’s not sending the right signals to your climate control equipment, then that equipment won’t work right, either. Read on as we dive into this topic a bit further.

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Is Your Thermostat Outdated?

Monday, December 16th, 2019

smart-thermostatAnd if your thermostat is outdated, does it matter?

Well, yes. Using outdated technologies often means you aren’t getting the most efficient or cost-friendly use out of them, and your thermostat is no exception. Your heater and air conditioner can be the highest-efficiency systems on the market, but with a malfunctioning, or old and ineffective thermostat, that might not mean much.

The thermostat is essentially the brain of your HVAC system, tasked with maintaining a comfortable temperatures inside your home. Today’s thermostats—smart thermostats but even the basic digital thermostat is an upgrade from the old manual slider devices still found in any homes—can do so much more than an outdated device. You may be wondering, “Do I really need a thermostat that can do more than just set temperatures?”

Of course you can keep things basic, but a smart thermostat offers a number of benefits that can save you energy, money, and frustration.

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Heater Trouble? Check Your Thermostat!

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Note: 55 degrees is the energy-saving recommended heating setting for winter when you are not at home. Variations for heating and cooling when home and not home may be available.The bad news: It’s the middle of winter and your heater seems to be experiencing problems or a malfunction of some kind.

The good news: It may not be a problem with the actual heating system at all!

Pretty frequently, when an HVAC system doesn’t operate the way it should, the problem is actually with the thermostat. Sometimes you may still have to call in a professional for Pittsburgh, PA thermostat services, but oftentimes you may be able to “fix” or at least address the issue all on your own.

“But how?” you ask. By double checking your settings on your thermostat. Don’t worry if any of these scenarios below end up being true for you. They are very common mistakes for homeowners with digital, programmable thermostats—if it were uncommon we wouldn’t be blogging about it! Read on…

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This Thermostat Mistake Could be Costing You

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Stock image of hand adjusting thermostatSummer is an enjoyable time of the year around our area, but the heat can admittedly get a bit tiresome for many, especially indoors! When you’re out enjoying the summer weather all day, the last thing you want to do is come home to a living space that is just as hot—you want a fully efficient and effective air conditioner to great you. This does not, however, mean that you should blast your air conditioning in Pittsburgh, PA as low as the thermostat will go!

Many homeowners result to this as a solution to the heat, but the recommended temperature setting during the summer is 78°F, according to the Department of Energy. If you keep setting it lower and lower thinking it will help you get cooler faster, you’d be making a mistake. Now, if you’re setting it lower and lower and you do not feel cooler at all, then there might be something wrong with your air conditioner, which will get to down below. Read on to learn more!

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Why It’s Important to Upgrade Your Thermostat

Monday, June 1st, 2015

You may not realize it, but your thermostat can be a tremendously useful tool in helping you control your cooling. Simply put, without a thermostat, your system wouldn’t know when to stop or start. Doesn’t it make sense, then, that you use a thermostat that can truly help you control the operation of your air conditioning system? The experts at Boehmer Heating & Cooling can help you do this with a thermostat upgrade. Why upgrade? Here are some reasons to consider it:

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