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The Role of Thermostats in Efficient Home Heating and Cooling

Thermostats in Victoria homes are the key to ensuring your home is as comfortable as possible. They control the temperature in every room in your house, from the heat pump to the furnace to the boiler to the HVAC system.

If you have an older house, you might turn up the heat all the time to beat the winter chill. Or you may try to figure out how to keep your bedroom warm without turning up the heat all night.

Modern technology has come a long way when it comes to keeping your historic home's heating system running smoothly. Plus, there are some easy fixes you can do to make sure your home's heating system is running as efficiently as possible without breaking the bank.

Do you want to learn more about the role of thermostats in Victoria homes? Keep reading to see how they work.

Choosing Thermostats For Victoria Homes

There's a lot to choose from when it comes to thermostat options, from the shapes and sizes to the styles. Today, digital and mechanical thermostats are the two popular types of thermostats. They differ in a few ways.

A new thermostat is most likely digital or electronic. They have internal components that give them an accurate response to room temperature.

Digital Thermostats

Digital thermostats use sensors to read the inside temperature and adjust the heating or cooling accordingly. Now, you don't have to worry about the temperature being too low or too high.

Mechanical Thermostats

On the other hand, mechanical thermostats use two pieces of metal glued together in the thermostat sensor. As the metal expands and contracts, an electrical circuit connected to the heating system turns on and off.

The thermostat can read and regulate the temperature. A Bimetal thermostat is more accurate but less accurate than digital models. Some people prefer mechanical ones because they're cheaper and have an easy on/off switch.

Mistakes When Using a Thermostat

Turning up your thermostat when it's cold outside or when it's cold in your house is a mistake. The thermostat's job is to keep your house at a constant temperature, no matter what the weather is like.

Turning down the thermostat in the summer isn't necessary either since your central heating system will adjust to the warmer weather and keep your house cool.

Another mistake people make is changing the controls too much, like putting the system down low when you're not home. You're wasting money heating or cooling a house that's not home.

Today, SMART thermostats allow you to set controls remotely. This way, you can activate the HVAC system when you're en route home.

Do You Need a New Thermostat?

Replacing thermostats in Victoria is one way to maintain your home's cooling and heating systems. If your HVAC system is driving up your electrical bill, we'd love to come out and perform an HVAC inspection.

Contact West Bay Mechanical today if you live in Victoria or Nanaimo, BC, and need help selecting a high-quality new thermostat.


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