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7 mistakes people make when setting their thermostat

Posted on by Rudkin & Herbert Team

Digital ThermostatThermostats recognise when the temperature is too hot or too cold in a room, and regulates it by automatically controlling the home’s heating appliances. Thermostats are commonly used everyday, and yet many people misunderstand how to use them. This article will be looking at the 7 mistakes people often make when setting their thermostats. By utilising your thermostat, you can reduce the amount of energy used unnecessarily, and save yourself significant cash.

Understanding your thermostat

It is important to note that thermostats are not the same as thermometers. Thermostats regulate temperature, meaning they will recognise the current temperature and provide a heat output to balance the room out to the desired temperature set. The confusion here is that people often think the temperature they turn their thermostat to will be the temperature of heat that is emitted by the house’s heating systems. This is simply not the case, and so it is important to familiarise yourself with the correct function of your thermostat.

Turning thermostat too high

Another common mistake involves the user turning a thermostat up much higher than necessary. Turning your thermostat to a high setting will usually lead to a greater amount of heat output in order to balance out a cold room. Making this mistake will often make your room too hot and cause you to rack up unnecessary energy bills.

Turning heat off instead of setting the thermostat lower

It seems instinctual to turn the heating off when you leave your home. However, this is a very common mistake, and turning your thermostat off entirely can actually be less economically efficient than just turning it slightly lower. This is because once you turn the heating back on, it will actually take a larger amount of energy to reheat your home back to your desired temperature. This amount will often surpass the amount of energy used by keeping the heating continuously on at a lower temperature.

Setting thermostat up high to heat the room faster

People often turn to their thermostats to supply a quick burst of heat when the temperature drops suddenly. However, thermostats do not turn the room instantly hot and will take time to bring the room up to the desired temperature. It is important you understand the temperature your room should be, and give the thermostat an appropriate amount of time to heat it up.

Overworking the thermostat

Using the thermostat constantly or keeping it on for too long can cause it to become inefficient. It’s important to remember to give your thermostat a rest from time to time so that it can recuperate and continue to work correctly.

Keeping the thermostat on one continuous temperature

Keeping the thermostat at one continuous temperature throughout the whole day can actually require an excess of energy. This is because the external temperature will constantly be changing throughout the day, and so the thermostat will be working tirelessly to preserve the set temperature by constantly adjusting the home’s heat output. Understanding when the temperature outside is at its hottest and coldest throughout the day will help you to manage your thermostat and reduce energy.

Setting thermostat to the wrong temperature

Many people are often confused with which temperature is best to set the room to. Having a room too hot can be uncomfortable, but too low may be using energy without heating you adequately. It is recommended that rooms are heated between 18 and 21 degrees to keep you sufficiently warm.

Here at Rudkin and Herbert, we have over 20 years of plumbing and heating experience. Our central heating installations are key to making sure your home is kept warm all year round. For more information, or to ask about any of our services, contact our friendly team today.