Preparing Your Thermostat for Heating Season

October 15, 2020

The leaves on the trees are changing color and falling in York, ON, and the surrounding areas. This change of weather means that it’s time to prepare your thermostat for the upcoming heating season. It won’t be long until the air temperature drops to 0 degrees Celsius or even colder, so now is the right time to make sure your home will be comfortable. Learn how to prepare your thermostat for the colder weather so that you can save money without sacrificing convenience or comfort.

Switch to the Heat Setting

For the past few weeks, mild weather may have allowed you to turn off your house’s heating and cooling system. To get ready for the heating season, you’ll need to change the thermostat to the heat setting. Another option is to put the thermostat on automatic or “auto.” The auto setting allows the thermostat to trigger a heating cycle if your residence’s temperature drops below the set point. If there’s a rare warm day, the auto setting will allow your heating and cooling system to turn on the air conditioner.

Adjust the Temperature

While you’re updating the thermostat’s functional setting, it’s also important to adjust the temperature. If you had the thermostat set to cool your home to 23 degrees during the summer, you’ll need to adjust the temperature for the heating season. The optimal temperature for the heating season is 20 degrees. In this setting, your heating system won’t have to work too hard to keep your home comfortable. If you feel a bit chilled, you could pull on some wool socks or add a quilt to your bed. If you have zoned climate control, you may prefer to set the thermostat for your bedroom to a slightly cooler temperature, such as around 18 or 19 degrees. Cooler temperatures have been shown to facilitate a good night’s rest.

Verify the Fan Functions

Another setting to adjust on your thermostat is the fan setting. In the summer, you may have had the cooling system’s fan on 24/7 in order to reduce humidity and improve indoor air quality. During the heating season, it’s better to shift the fan from the constant on setting to the auto setting. The auto setting for the fan means it will only turn on during a heating cycle. This maintains an ideal indoor humidity level of around 40% and reduces wear and tear on the blower motor. Only running the fan during a heating cycle also slows down how quickly your heating system’s air filter gets dirty.

Test the Battery

Programmable and smart thermostats are typically wired to your heating system, but they also have a battery for powering the touchscreen and its light. The battery also stores your temperature settings. It’s a good idea to check the battery’s charge. You can do this with a multimeter, or one of our technicians can do it for you during your autumn heating system tune-up.

Calibrate the Thermostat

If you’ve had a power outage or replaced your heating system, you may need to calibrate the thermostat. Calibration of the thermostat ensures that its temperature readings are accurate. This can be tricky, so it’s best left to our skilled technicians.

Program a Schedule

The times you’re at home versus at work or school may have changed since the last heating season. If you’re now working from home or traveling at different times, it’s a good idea to check the scheduled settings on your thermostat. Most programmable thermostats allow you to set a different temperature for wake, day, evening, and overnight. If you now wake up at a different time, you can even adjust the time period. You can set a different temperature for each part of the day and each day of the week as well.

Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

If you still have a manual thermostat, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. Older programmable thermostats also benefit from this type of upgrade. Smart thermostats connect to your Wi-Fi. They also have an app you can install on your phone. When you’re away from home, you can adjust the temperature through the app.

Comfort Masters Ltd. is York’s trusted provider for thermostat installation, maintenance, and repair. Customers also turn to us for dependable air conditioning and heating maintenance, installation, and repair. Let us provide you with air exchange and ventilation, air filtration, gas fireplace, tankless water heater, and indoor air quality services as well. For additional details on how to prepare your thermostat for the heating season, contact us at Comfort Masters Ltd. today.