Preparing Your Thermostat for Heating Season



Your heating system’s thermostat doesn’t draw attention to itself. The small box connects to the wall and engages the heater when you adjust the dials. Yes, the concept is simple and doesn’t appear to require any effort on the homeowner’s part. Don’t think you don’t need to care for the thermostat at all, though. Prepping it for the heating season could help you avoid troubles.

Check and Change the Batteries

Many thermostats require standard batteries to operate. Once the batteries die out, you can’t send any commands to the furnace. Avoid getting caught by surprise on a cold night. Check the battery’s power levels before the temperature drops. Replace batteries that are dead or dying, and keep extra batteries in a drawer to be safe.

Consider an Upgrade

Is your current thermostat outdated? If so, then you might wish to consider purchasing a new one. Older thermostats reaching the end of their life expectancies might not be the best choice for someone worried about failures and mishaps. Think about speaking with a heating company’s rep to discuss whether you need a new one. Gilmore Heating Air & Solar provides essential services for heater installations and related components.

Choose the Best Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat allows you to type in commands that set temperatures for desired days and times. Look carefully at the number of days you can program the unit. Some units allow you to set a separate program for every day of the week, and others may only allow one setting for the entire week. Look at your schedule, and make a choice that fits it.

Consider Connections to a Smart Home System

Smart home systems tie together many different electronic devices in the home. Locks, lights, cameras, and thermostats might be compatible with a smart home service. A smart system for the home brings forth many benefits, one of which is remote access. If you can change the settings on your temperature from a smartphone, then you can raise or lower the temperature as needed. This way, you don’t waste energy while at work, and you can make sure the temperature is agreeable when you arrive.

Prepping your thermostat may require a little help. Call Gilmore Heating Air & Solar if you need our assistance in Placerville. We can also help you with your air conditioning and plumbing system.