Your Guide to Simple Thermostat Settings
Your home thermostat is the brain of your entire home heating and air conditioning system. It tells your system when to turn on and when to turn off. As a homeowner, it pays to understand what the different thermostat settings are so that you can set your thermostat to be as energy-efficient as possible.
The most obvious setting on your thermostat is going to be the temperature setting. The adjustable temperature setting allows you to choose the desired temperature for the inside of your home. This specific temperature is utilized when you have your heating and cooling system on the auto or run mode. Apart from the temperature setting, you’ll also see the actual temperature reading for the inside of your home environment.
Auto mode is one of the most common settings that you’ll have your heating and air conditioning system on. When your system is in auto mode, it will automatically turn your furnace or air conditioner on to meet the desired temperature that you have set. For example, let’s say you set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the wintertime.
Anytime the thermostat reads that the actual temperature in your home is below 68 degrees, it will signal to your furnace to turn on to heat up your home. Your furnace will run until the actual indoor temperature is equal to the desired temperature that you have set. The same works for your air conditioning system. Auto mode is great for helping to enhance the energy efficiency of your system.
Your thermostat has a simple on mode. When your system is turned to the on mode, it will continue to run until you manually shut it off. On mode can be utilized on the heat, the cool, or neither function. If you turn your thermostat to the on mode while it’s on the cool function, your air conditioning system will run non-stop. If you turn your thermostat to the on mode without it being on the heat or cool function, it will simply circulate the air throughout your home.
Two simple modes that you need to be aware of are heat mode and cool mode. When you’re looking for warm air in the wintertime, you’ll need to have your thermostat set on heat mode. When you’re looking for cold air in the summertime, you’ll need to have your thermostat set on cool mode. If you’re having trouble producing warm or cool air, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have your thermostat set on the right mode for the type of air that you’re trying to produce.
If you have a programmable thermostat, you’re able to set different temperatures depending on the day and time of the day. Programmable thermostats are great for creating an energy-efficiency run schedule for your entire system. When you have your thermostat set to run mode, it runs based on your presets in your thermostat.
For example, let’s say that you programmed your thermostat to be at 88 degrees between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday when you’re at work. Then, you have your thermostat programmed to decrease the temperature to 78 degrees after 5 p.m. when you’re going to be at home. When your thermostat is in run mode, it will signal to the air conditioning system when to turn it on and off based on what the programmed temperatures are compared to the actual temperature in your home.
Hold mode is a convenient feature that allows you to sporadically alter the settings on your thermostat without having to change any of the pre-programmed settings. For example, let’s say that your thermostat is pre-programmed to increase to 88 degrees during the daytime when you’re at work.
Instead of going to work today, you’re staying home for a mental health day. Instead of having to go back into your pre-program settings and change the desired temperature for the specific day and time that it is, you can simply hit the hold mode function. When the hold mode is on, you can simply move the desired temperature to whatever you want without messing with your programmed features. Whenever you’re ready to go back to your regularly programmed schedule, you’ll need to switch back from hold mode to run mode.
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