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Category: Thermostats

The thermostat that you use to regulate the operation of your HVAC system is one of the most important components of that system. If you hope to heat and cool your home with the greatest efficiency and reliability possible, then it is absolutely necessary that you have a quality thermostat, and it is installed and serviced by skilled, trained professionals. Considering the fact that your thermostat is the only means through which you can communicate with your HVAC system, it should be clear any problems with your thermostat in Fort Collins, CO must be resolved promptly. Here are 3 common causes of thermostat issues. Contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning if you have any concerns regarding the condition or operational quality of your thermostat.

Poor Placement

It may not sound like a major concern, but it is very important that your thermostat is ideally placed in your home. You don’t want to have it in direct sunlight or next to window and door fixtures, as these environmental conditions could lead to inaccurate temperature readings. We’ll make certain of the fact that your thermostat is installed in an area representative of your home’s true temperature.

Insufficient Maintenance

During routine HVAC maintenance services, your thermostat should be evaluated, calibrated if necessary, and tuned up along with the rest of your system. That being said, it is not the type of component that you’ll likely have maintained on its own. Simply keeping your thermostat free of dirt and dust buildup can really help to boost its overall performance quality. Between HVAC maintenance services, give your thermostat a quick cleaning from time to time.

User Incompatibility

There is no point in purchasing a programmable thermostat if you are going to be fiddling with it, just as you shouldn’t invest in a smart thermostat if you don’t plan on taking the time to learn how to use it properly. It is just as important to have a thermostat which is a good fit for your usage habits as it is to have a high-quality thermostat from the start. We’ll see to it that you do.

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We all love freebies; there is no getting around the fact that receiving something, especially something that you really need, free of charge is a great feeling. However, it is generally wise to enter into any such deals with a healthy degree of skepticism. There are certainly great opportunities to be had by thrifty homeowners out there. Often, though, hidden caveats detract from the actual value of the deal at hand. This is our feeling regarding the free thermostat offer from the city that you may have heard about. If you are in the Fort Collins, CO area, consider this information from Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning before taking the city up on this offer.

No one here is contesting that you will get precisely what the offer states should you accept it: a free, internet-enabled thermostat. There are some strings attached, though. As power companies have a difficult time supplying sufficient energy to homes throughout the area during peak times of demand, such as very hot summer afternoons, they look for ways to cut down on demand. One way in which they do so is by adjusting your free thermostat themselves when they are reaching their peak output capacity.

Ultimately, it seems that the utility company is going to be enjoying the most savings as a result of this free thermostat program, rather than their customers taking them up on the offer. Your AC must run at least 10 minutes in order to really hit its stride and run at peak efficiency levels. If your air conditioner is running throughout the day in very hot temperatures, you do not want the utility company cycling it off, reducing the efficiency with which it operates once it gets going again.

If you are serious about cutting down on energy costs, without sacrificing the level of control that you have when cooling your home, then we suggest that you simply schedule routine air conditioning maintenance services with a member of our staff. We can also evaluate your system to ensure that it is of the right size for your home and that its installation was completed properly. A finely tuned, expertly installed AC, paired with a quality thermostat of your choosing, will keep you cool with the efficiency that you deserve. If you have any further questions regarding the AC services that we offer, or about our reluctance to endorse this free thermostat offer, just give a member of the Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning team a call today.

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If you live in the city of Fort Collins you probably have received an offer for a free thermostat! Seems pretty cool, it even gives you access through the internet! You might be thinking why would they do this, and what’s the catch?

Well here is the truth. The power companies have a hard time supplying enough power to everyone during peak demand times. This usually happens during really hot afternoons during the summertime when every business and most every home is running air conditioning.   By accepting the thermostat offer you are also agreeing to allow the city to turn off your air conditioner for periods during these times… when you need it most!

If you want a free internet accessible thermostat with strings attached this thermostat may be for you. But if you don’t want someone else adjusting your thermostat or turning it off when you need it, I highly suggest you don’t take this offer.

The thermostat may not work with every type of system either. Call a Heating and Air Conditioning expert or contractor to decide if this is offer is right for you.

Sometimes these offers (like the energy “saver switch” offered in the past by utility companies) give the impression that you will save energy by accepting the offer. Not true. The utility company saves, you do NOT. You see an air conditioner has to run for at least 10 minutes before it reaches its maximum steady state of efficiency. The longer the cycle, the more efficient it will be. So if your AC is properly sized for maximum efficiency it will need to run almost nonstop on days above 91 degrees which is when the utility company will likely want to cycle your AC off on their terms.  If your air conditioner is very oversized and can bring down the temperature quickly in your home than this offer may not be a bad idea for volunteering to help the utility company manage their delivery.

At Fort Collins Heating and Air Conditioning we recommend that you do NOT choose this method for attempting to save energy. Instead have your Air Conditioner properly tuned and adjusted by having an ultimate tune up performed. Have an evaluation done on your system to see if it is properly sized and designed. Program your thermostat to maintain a comfortable desired temperature starting in the morning, even if you’re not home. This may seem opposite of what you may think but it is cheaper to maintain the lower temperature all day during milder temperatures than to try and achieve it and catch up during the hottest part of the day.

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