Changing your thermostat over to heating
We are finally getting fall weather and the temperature has dropped enough that most people are switching their air systems from cooling to heating. We had a few people call to ask what they need to do. It really is easy with most thermostats. Just move the dial or lever from cooling to heating. Change the thermostat setting to the temperature you wish to have your system heat to. So, if you only want to heat your home if the temperature in the house goes below 72 then set it at 72. It is the same for a gas furnace or a heat pump.
Some heat pump systems also have emergency heat. This is when you want to just run the heat strips. Usually, the heat strips will come on automatically. It is most energy efficient to use the heat pump at all times, as the heat pump will always provide BTUs of heat at a lower cost than heat strips. During really cold temperatures the heat pump may not provide enough heat so the heat strips come on with the heat pump to provide extra heat. So, you don’t need to move the thermostat to the emergency heat unless you want to kick on the heat strips. During ice storms and freezing rain, it can be a good idea to operate your system in heat strip only mode. This is because the fan blades on the heat pump can get ice and become off balance which could cause damage. Anytime your heat pump stops heating try putting it on emergency heat to keep you warm until you can get a technician to come out and look at the system.
Also, we recommend that you have your system checked out twice a year. Once for cooling in the Spring or Summer and once for heating in the Fall or Winter. When it is time to start heating think about calling Air Control to schedule a seasonal maintenance if you haven’t already. Not only will we check the heating system we will also check your filters and clear your condensate drains.
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