Preparing Your Thermostat for Heating Season

October 15, 2019

When the dark, frigid depths of winter arrive in Dexter, you’ll want to feel confident that your thermostat is up to the task of keeping your home warm. This isn’t as easy as simply switching your thermostat from cooling to heating. Instead, you’ll want to do a few important but simple tasks to make sure your thermostat is prepared for cold weather.

Replace Thermostat Batteries

Most modern thermostats are battery-powered, so the batteries will need to be freshened up to keep the thermostat running during winter. Batteries last about six months on average, so if you haven’t changed your batteries in a while, now is a perfect time. When the batteries die, the thermostat stops communicating with your furnace; many people mistakenly think their furnace has died. Freshening up the batteries will prevent this from happening in the first place.

Update Your Temperature Preferences

Programmable thermostats give homeowners complete power over their furnaces. From setting the temperature and adjusting it during certain hours, you can completely customize your furnace’s heating schedule. Update your thermostat the first time you switch on the furnace during fall for maximum comfort and energy savings.

Ensure Your Thermostat Works Correctly

Within seconds of switching your thermostat to “heat,” you should hear the hum of your furnace kicking on. If the furnace doesn’t turn on, you’ll have to do some troubleshooting. Sometimes thermostat wires come loose. If this is the case, simply pop open the thermostat faceplate and ensure the wires are secure.

Dexter’s Dependable Heating Service

Cold weather will be here before you know it, so it’s time to get your thermostat ready for the heating season. For all of your heating and cooling needs, including maintenance, repairs, and replacements, look no further than Carlos Warren & Son. Our experts have kept Dexter’s heating systems running since 1974, and we’re ready to help yours too. Give us a call today to learn more about our Dexter thermostat services.

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