The heating system for any home consists of numerous parts, and the thermostat is one of the smaller pieces: compared to the tank of a boiler, the little unit on the wall seems almost like a toy. But the thermostat is where the homeowner interacts with the heater. Without a thermostat, the heater is almost useless as a comfort system.

It’s likely you don’t spend much time around the boiler tank, or looking at the heating elements installed in your radiant heating system. But you pass the thermostat many times each day. You should know more about how this small device can contribute—or inhibit—effective heating in your home.

If you have a thermostat that’s running normally, you can start getting more effective heating right now with only a simple change: lower its temperature. Chances are it’s too high. You might think that 75°F is a good temperature to stay warm, but if you drop down to 68°F, you’ll still get a comfortable temperature (and maybe not even have to put on an extra layer) and energy savings that could add up to 18% per year. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy.)

It helps to have a digital thermostat, since the precision from these newer models is far superior than the old models with manual sliders and dials. If you decide to upgrade to digital, make sure it’s a programmable model, since this allows you finer control of the temperatures: you don’t even have to be there! You can have the heat off while you are away at work, and have it turn on a half hour before you return so you’re never left with a cold house, and never get stuck with a warm house when you don’t need one.

Thermostats can malfunction like any mechanical device. A thermostat that’s miscalibrated so it reads temperatures incorrectly can make it tough to heat your home the way you want to. You’ll have a hard time locating the correct energy-saving temperature, and if you have a digital thermostat, it might start shutting the heater on and off at the wrong times. This will cost you on your power bills and make your home uncomfortable.

If you want to replace an old thermostat with a new one, keep in mind that the variety of voltages and currents in a thermostat means that you can’t simply select a model and try to put it in. It requires professional knowledge to install. Turn to a trusted company, like that of BZ Dependable, where we take “dependable” seriously enough that we put it in our name. For thermostat issues or any other troubles with heating in Englewood, NJ, depend on BZ Dependable.

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