Your thermostat is your gateway to home comfort – being cool during summer heat and warm during those cold Canadian winters. You need to make sure you have the best thermostat maintenance techniques in place and take care of your thermostat well. Did you know that some common thermostat practices might actually be causing your energy bills to shoot up and must be avoided? Here are the most common thermostat mistakes that most of us make.

Cranking the thermostat up when it’s cold
The thermostat’s primary function is to keep the temperature of your house at the preferred level regardless of the temperature outside. This means that weather fluctuations will not affect the output of the thermostat. Just because it is getting even hotter outside it does not mean that turning your thermostat down is mandatory to keep your home cold. By doing this you will only turn up the air conditioning and find your home to be extremely cold within a few minutes, which is not really what you wanted. This simple act of turning down the thermostat can increase the energy consumption of the thermostat and increase your bills considerably.

Turning up the thermostat for faster heating
Stepping into a balmy home can tempt you to turn the thermostat down to immediately make your house cold. However, this is one of the biggest mistakes people make when using a thermostat. A thermostat does not control the speed at which your air conditioner systems functions, it only controls the final temperature of the house. This means that turning down the temperature for quicker cooling is useless. This will only lead to really low temperatures which will make you set the thermostat higher again, leading to energy wastage through the whole process.

Turning it on and off continually
You might believe that turning the thermostat off when no one is home saves you money. But, it is not so. This practice, in fact, is very costly. This is because when you turn the thermostat off when the house is empty and then turn it back on it takes a higher amount of energy to cool a very hot house as compared to one that is slightly warm. The best practice is to set a thermostat at a higher temperature when going out for long periods of time. You can also use a timer to modulate the temperature according to the situation in the house. Not only will this save your energy bills from shooting through the roof, but it will also prevent the need for constant thermostat maintenance by keeping the thermostat functioning efficiently.

Knowing the effect of these common mistakes on your energy bills should stop you from repeating them. Set a thermostat to an appropriate temperature and forget about it. This is the best way to ensure you do not increase its power consumption. Schedule an annual thermostat maintenance checks by our Husky Heating and Air Conditioning professionals to have a well-functioning thermostat for a long time.