Preparing Your Thermostat for Heating Season

October 17, 2019

Crisp mornings and lower temperatures can mean only one thing: Winter is headed your way, and it’s time to prepare your home for extreme weather. Your heater hasn’t been turned on in months, and temperature settings have been altered over the summer. Here’s what to do to get your thermostat set for warm air to flow.

Schedule a Maintenance Call

Your heating system should receive a tune-up before you begin to use it. Hidden damage from the summer weather could be lurking inside. Plus, a maintenance visit typically includes tuning and adjusting the thermostat. Your technician will make sure the thermostat is in good working condition and ready to respond to your preferred settings.

Set Your Thermostat for Efficiency

To get the most efficient use from your heater, it’s best to set it and forget it. The U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy recommends a setting of 68 degrees when you’re at home. Then, before bed or while traveling, they recommend lowering the temperature 7-10 degrees. Macari's Service Center offers a full range of heating and thermostat services for homeowners. Let us know if you need help setting your furnace to the right temperature.

Time Thermostat Changes

It takes time for any heating system to detect thermostat changes. For the best results, reduce the thermostat an hour before sleeping. Increase temperatures about a half-hour before everyone gets up in the morning.

Upgrade the Thermostat

Upgrade to a programmable thermostat, and you’ll never need to remember to do the adjusting yourself. A programmable temperature system can be set to respond to a variety of scenarios. It can adjust temperatures in the home so that you are warm and cozy at any point in the day. Newer models use motion detection to determine when to heat a room.

Macari's Service Center has been providing trusted heating installations, repairs and tune-ups since 1958. We’ve got comfort solutions for all size homes. Emergency services from certified technicians are also available. Call us today to request a service call for your home in Shelbyville. We offer heating, cooling, and plumbing services.

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