Things to Avoid With a Thermostat

People have invented amazing ways to stay warm and comfortable in their homes. Heating your home throughout winter can get expensive. Of course heating your home is also necessary to survive Alberta’s cold, harsh winters

Recently, the use of a programmable thermostat has grown increasingly all over the country. Unfortunately, for many of us, this means exorbitant heating expenditures because many homeowners make costly mistakes when using a programmable thermostat.

In this post, you will find the most typical blunders or misuses individuals do when using their thermostat so that you’ll know what actions to avoid when operating your thermostat. Some major thermostat brands Legacy Heating & Cooling carry are Google Nest, Ecobee, Lennox, and Honeywell thermostats.

Be Careful Not to Set the Wrong Temperature

Setting the proper temperature on your programmable thermostat is crucial to feeling at ease in your own home. Unfortunately, basic central heating systems do not allow for individual room temperature control. All too often, there is only one thermostat in the hallway for most homes. This makes it more difficult to maintain a comfortable environment at home. 

This will ensure that all rooms remain comfortable without overheating. Doors to unoccupied rooms should be closed, and radiators should be turned down to the lowest setting.

Don’t Try to Heat the Room Quickly by Turning Up the Thermostat

It can seem sensible to raise your programmable thermostat if you’ve just returned home to a cold house on a frigid winter day. But that won’t make you feel any warmer or more at ease. 

That’s because a thermostat has no control over how quickly your house heats up, and all it does is set the end temperature for your comfort level. A basic thermostat permits the heating to be turned on completely until the desired temperature is attained. Afterwards the thermostat turns it off until the temperature decreases again.

By setting your thermostat higher than your preferred temperature, the system will overheat the rooms. This makes the rooms feel uncomfortable and stuffy while you use energy inefficiently.

Avoid Constantly Turning on the Heat

When you’re not at home, the best thing you can do to save energy is to reduce the thermostat. The quantity of heat lost by your home is proportional to the temperature differential between inside and outside. Reduced heat loss is significant since the less heat you lose, the less energy you’ll need to keep your home at an excellent indoor temperature.

Coming home to a cold house drives most individuals to raise the thermostat over their typical comfort setting, warming the house and losing the money they saved by turning it down while they were gone. 

Programmable thermostats are an excellent way to prevent wasting energy. This happens by ensuring that you return home to warm rooms running efficiently while you were away. Smart thermostats take efficiency even to another level! Thermostats such as the Google Nest and Ecobee are two top brands that Legacy Heating carry.

Use a Setback Temperature instead of Turning the Heating Off

When they leave the house, many individuals turn off the heat completely. Don’t do this! This puts your property at risk of damp, mold, and burst pipes. Using a setback temperature to avoid issues in really cold weather is an excellent idea. 

A setback temperature does not imply that the heating will be turned on while you are away. If the setback temperature is just right for your home, the heating will be turned off for a reasonable amount of time while you’re away. However, it’s protected from dropping too low if you are gone for longer than expected.


Remember that programmable thermostats are programmed using your average home temperature, so they won’t be effective if you don’t know what the weather will be like. Before you make any adjustments to your thermostat, you should always check the weather, especially when it comes to planning your heating. Legacy Heating and Cooling carries many makes and models of thermostats. Some of the brands we carry are Ecobee, Google Nest, and Honeywell thermostats.

If you’re looking for better heating in Calgary and Edmonton, contact Legacy Heating to install solutions in your home. We specialize in HVAC systems for residential new home construction (RNC) and installation and replacement of thermostats and other HVAC products. Looking for basement development in Edmonton or Calgary, we are here to help! Contact us today!

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