Understanding Your Thermostat Functions

Understanding Your Thermostat Functions

thermostatThe long winter in Winnipeg leaves many people adjusting their thermostat to stay warm. Most of us get comfortable changing settings to keep our furnace running as the snow falls, but few really know what pushing those buttons does in our home. The thermostat is the central hub for the home’s heating and cooling systems and it plays a crucial role year-round. As we switch to heating and settle in for another winter, here are some basics for understanding your thermostat:

  • The Fan – Your home thermostat controls are active when your central air fan is operating. The fan circulates internal and external air throughout the system. The fan is always on when your home is being heated or cooled by your system, but the fan may also circulate air without changing the temperature.
  • The System – As you probably know, the core function of your home thermostat is controlling when your heating or air conditioning is on. The thermostat displays the current temperature, and allows you to set the temperature that you want. The unit will adjust the current temperature by cooling or heating the air. Once it reaches your desired temperature, it will continue to monitor the air and turn the system on again if necessary.
  • Specific System Programming – Many thermostats can now be programmed, allowing you to automatically adjust your home’s temperature at different times during the day. That way you can set your home to a specific temperature no matter the time of day, if you are out of the house or while you are asleep. These systems may also allow you to change the settings specifically for weekdays and weekends.
  • Adaptive Recovery Options – Advanced thermostats may offer adaptive recovery options. This feature monitors the length of time required to change the temperature of your house. The system will begin heating or cooling a little before a timed setting, so that your home is at the desired temperature at the exact programmed time. It also helps the unit operate in a low-power mode that can help you save energy and money.
  • Control Humidity – Some thermostats also monitor and change the humidity of the air in your home, but this requires proper humidity control equipment to be installed. Humidity adjustments may be a useful option for therapeutic reasons, or to keep condensation from forming on windows.

Additionally today there are options available to access your thermostat via your mobile phone or tablet which is a great added feature and convenience when you are on the go. Here at Shorty’s Plumbing, we know all the different types and models of thermostats. We have a team of HVAC technicians who are experts in furnaces, heat pumps and boilers. If you need furnace repair, contact your trusted HVAC technician in Winnipeg today. We can help keep you warm this winter. Give us a call at 204-799-3959 or contact us online.