10 A/C Tips For Summer

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10 A/C Tips For Summer

Summer is just around the corner and now is the time to make sure your home’s air conditioner is in great shape for the season. Here are 10 seasonal maintenance steps you can take now to optimize your air conditioner’s performance, save money and keep your cool.

1. Seal cracks and prevent air leaks

Maximize your air conditioner’s energy efficiency by locating and sealing any cracks and gaps around doors and windows. Add insulation where needed, including around electrical outlets on outside walls, which can allow cooled air to escape or let hot air in.

2. Position the thermostat correctly

In order to accurately read the temperature in the home, the thermostat should be placed on an interior wall, away from any heat sources. This includes air vents, lamps, heat-producing appliances and direct sunlight.

3. Upgrade to a smart thermostat

A smart thermostat, also known as a programmable thermostat, makes it nearly effortless to adjust the temperature in your home at specified times of the day to maximize efficiency and save energy. Program the thermostat to raise the temperature when no one is home. Most new thermostats allow you to save several options for different days of the week or times of day, depending on your particular needs and schedule. This way, the house is always cool when you need it to be, without wasting energy and money.

4. Close blinds

If there are areas of your home that get a lot of direct sun during the day, consider keeping the blinds or curtains closed to prevent the home from heating up and causing your air conditioner to run longer than necessary.

5. Use a ceiling fan

Set your ceiling fan to run in a counterclockwise direction to push down the air directly under the fan. This creates a wind-chill effect. A ceiling fan is far less expensive to operate than an air conditioner, (approximately $1.50 a month for half a day versus $25, respectively) and can keep your A/C from overworking.

6. Raise the temperature

For every degree below 78, energy consumption increases about 8 percent. You can save a considerable amount for every degree above 78 you are willing to set your thermostat at (about $8 per degree for every $100 of energy costs).

7. Check air filters

Replacing your air filter every one to three months, depending on how quickly it becomes dirty, is an easy and economical way to keep your system clean and running at maximum efficiency. It also will prevent breakdowns caused by blocked airflow and lengthen the life of the system.

8. Keep you A/C in the shade

Shading your outdoor unit will help your system run more efficiently. The air in a shaded area is substantially cooler than surrounding air in the sun. Keeping your A/C at a lower temperature makes it easier for the system to cool the air.

9. Use landscaping to your advantage

Avoid landscaping that absorbs and radiates heat (such as rock, cement or asphalt) on the west and south sides of your home. If you must have those materials, make sure they are shaded.

10. Call an HVAC professional

Regular maintenance before the heat of the summer hits will ensure that your air conditioner is ready to go when you need it and is far less likely to have unexpected breakdowns. Annual service may be required to keep the warranty in force and will extend the life and efficiency of the system.

Contact Rheem Pro Partners today with all your air conditioning needs. We serve homes throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

How Much Does a Central Air Conditioner Cost?

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How Much Does a Central Air Conditioner Cost?

Purchasing a central air conditioner is a major home investment. The price range for a new system varies greatly — from about $3,000 to about $7,500. The difference depends on multiple factors. The main considerations are the size of the home, the SEER rating, which indicates energy efficiency, and the type of equipment. Understanding what to look for in order to compare options is the best place to start.

How much does an A/C unit for a 2,000 sq. ft. home cost?

On average, an A/C unit cools 400 square feet of a home per one ton of air conditioning cooling capacity. This produces 12,000 BTUs per 600 square feet. Dividing the 2,000 square-foot measurement by 400 square feet of cooled area (per one ton A/C unit cooling capacity) determines that a 5.0-ton air conditioner is needed. An A/C system of this size should be able to remove 60,000 BTUs per hour (5.0 tons x 12,000 BTUs). A 5.0-ton air conditioner would cost about $1,980 for the A/C unit, and about $3,690 for the unit plus installation.

What is SEER and how does it affect A/C cost?

An air conditioner’s efficiency affects both the initial purchase cost and the cost of operation, so it is an important factor in any A/C purchase decision. SEER is the standard rating for air conditioner efficiency. It stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. SEER ratings range from an average of 13-14 for standard efficiency all the way up to a maximum efficiency of 22-24. The higher the rating the more expensive the unit will be to purchase, but the upfront cost will be offset by lower energy costs over the life of the system. In addition, higher efficiency units may qualify for rebates. As a general rule of thumb, experts recommend purchasing the most efficient air conditioner you can afford.

What type of system is best for your home?

Several types of air conditioning systems exist for home use.

  • Central air uses the home’s duct system to distribute cooled air throughout the home and is often paired with the heating system for easy access and control of heating and cooling throughout the year.
  • Ductless mini-splits are great for homes or additions that don’t already have air ducts. They consist of an inside and an outside unit.
  • Heat pumps are another version of a ductless system that works well in warmer climates. Rather than cooling the air, they pump the heat from inside to the outdoors.
  • Window units fit inside a window and cool one room or area of a home.
  • Portable air conditioners can be easily relocated to different areas of the home as needed. They use an evaporative system with a split or hose.

Other considerations

  • The home’s layout, the number of levels and the family’s lifestyle, along with square footage, should be used to determine the best size and type of air conditioner for a home.
  • Installation must be factored into the cost of a new air conditioner.
  • A smart thermostat can maximize the efficiency of a new system, further lowering the operating costs.
  • Rebates are often available for high-efficiency systems.
  • Warranties impact repair costs, and often require regular maintenance to remain in force.
  • Installation of a new furnace at the same time can save money on both systems.

To make the best choice for a new cooling system, ask the experts at Rheem Pro Partners today. We serve homes throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

Why is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

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Why is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

All air conditioners will leak some water but homeowners should know when the leak surpasses a normal amount and needs attention. Leaks can occur from the outdoor condenser unit or from the indoor unit. The thermostat setting and the outside temperature can affect how much condensation your air conditioner produces with normal operation. Higher temperatures and humidity will cause the unit to work harder and produce more water. In general, you should not see more than a small puddle beneath the condensing unit. If the leak is greater than that, or lasts for more than 24 hours, have the system inspected by a professional contractor.

Here is a breakdown of common causes of air conditioner leaks.

Clogged or cracked condensate drain

The condensate drain can occasionally become clogged due to dirt, rust, algae, mold or other debris that builds up over time. Some systems that drain to the outside use gravity to keep the condensate flowing freely, but clogs can cause water to back up and overflow.

Disconnected drain line

An improper air conditioner installation can result in the drain line coming loose, causing the pipe to disconnect. The broken connection means the condensate is not draining into the pan as it should and creates a visible leak.

Cracked or missing drain pan

The condensate pan can rust and crack, causing water to leak from the air conditioner.

Dirty air filter

The air filter keeps dirt and debris out of the air conditioner so that air circulates freely. When the filter gets dirty, airflow over the evaporator coils is restricted. This can cause the coils to get too cold and actually freeze over. Once the coils warm up again and melt, the excess moisture can drip and overflow the condensate pan.

Low refrigerant levels

The evaporator coils can also freeze over as a result of a drop in the refrigerant level. Too little refrigerant causes the pressure in the air conditioner system to become too low. This is another cause of frozen evaporator coils that can lead to a leak.

How to prevent air conditioner leaks

The best way to prevent leaks is with annual professional maintenance. This will keep the lines clear and prevent the condensate drain and pan from becoming excessively dirty during the cooling season.

The professionals at Rheem Pro Partners are here to help with all your air conditioning needs. Call today for service or to purchase a new system. We proudly serve homes throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

8 Advantages of a Geothermal Heating & Cooling System

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8 Advantages of a Geothermal Heating & Cooling System

The HVAC system is an essential component of any home’s comfort, health and safety. Choosing a home heating and cooling system that meets those basic needs while also keeping budget and energy use in check is important to most homeowners. With that in mind, here is a look at one system that does just that: geothermal. Check out the benefits…

1. High efficiency and lower energy costs

Geothermal energy systems work by moving heat, which is more efficient and less costly than generating heat. Geothermal equipment operates at 300 to 500 percent efficiency. That means for every unit of electricity the heat pump uses, it moves three to five units of heat. Compared to even the most efficient furnaces and air conditioners, geothermal energy saves 30 to 60 percent on heating and 25 to 50 percent on cooling.

2. Renewable/low environmental impact

Because it is practically emission-free, geothermal energy is the greenest power source currently available. While it does require electricity, pairing a geothermal system with solar panels can lower the already low environmental impact. Rather than using fossil fuels that are not renewable, release greenhouse gases and cause pollution, geothermal heat pumps extract only heat from the earth where the temperature stays consistent throughout the year.

3. Consistent

The heat comes from below ground, so it is not affected by weather. Electricity shortages can occur with wind and solar when conditions aren’t optimal (no wind or sun), but the heat generated by the Earth never runs out.

4. Reliable/low maintenance

Few moving parts means a geothermal system is very reliable and requires little maintenance. Chances of a breakdown are minimal.

5. Quiet

The main component of the system is below ground. There is no fan or compressor to generate noise.

6. Longer lifespan than traditional HVAC

Geothermal heat pumps last about 24 years, or even as long as 50 years if properly maintained, compared to traditional HVAC with a lifespan of 13 to 15 years.

7. Safety

Without any sort of combustion of fossil fuels, geothermal systems have no risk of explosion, carbon monoxide poisoning, toxic fumes or gas leaks — only clean, renewable energy.

8. Appropriate for any size home

Geothermal energy works for any size home, and even for large commercial buildings. The key is to accurately size the equipment for the home and your particular needs.

Disadvantages of geothermal energy

Despite the many benefits of geothermal, there are a few additional things to keep in mind:

  • Higher initial cost – Installation of a geothermal heat pump is extensive and more costly than installing a traditional HVAC system, although it can pay for itself in five to ten years.
  • More costly to retrofit – Geothermal is well-suited to new construction because it involves large scale-excavation, which may be difficult with an existing home.
  • Repairs to underground components can be costly. While unlikely, damage can occur to the buried loops from tree roots, shifting soil and even rodents and accessing them for repair can be quite costly.
  • Fewer knowledgeable installers – geothermal installers are not as widely available as other HVAC technicians.

Curious about geothermal? Contact Rheem Pro Partners today to learn more. We serve homes throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

7 Troubleshooting Tips to Try Before Calling for Air Conditioner Service

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7 Troubleshooting Tips to Try Before Calling for Air Conditioner Service

Having your air conditioner stop working is annoying and in some instances can quickly become a safety issue. Before you pick up the phone to place a service call, however, here are a few simple things you can check yourself. Knowing these A/C  troubleshooting tips can save you time, money and inconvenience.

1. Check the power to the unit.

Make sure both the indoor and outdoor unit power switches are turned on. This may seem obvious, but occasionally switches get flipped inadvertently.

2. Check the power to the house and the circuit breaker

Make sure power is reaching the house and the outlet used by the air conditioner. If the breaker trips repeatedly, this could be a sign of a larger problem that should be checked by an electrician.

3. Check the air filter and vents

Make sure the air filter is clean. Restricted air flow can cause the system to malfunction so the filter should be replaced regularly to prevent problems. Also, check to see that the vents are open and not blocked by furniture or other items.

4. Check the thermostat batteries

Make sure the thermostat has fresh batteries and that the settings have not been accidentally changed. If the setting and the ambient room temperature don’t match, the thermostat may be malfunctioning.

5. Check the condensation pump and the A/C drain line

Many units have a safety switch that turns the unit off in the event of a leak. Check the pan under the unit to see if the drain is clogged. If that is the case, empty the pan and flush the drain line. The unit may start working again. It is important not to bypass the safety switch or you could end up with serious water damage in your home.

6. Consider the outdoor temperature

On excessively hot days, the system may struggle to maintain the set temperature. The greater the difference between the inside and outside temperature, the harder it is for the air conditioner to maintain that temperature.

7. Clear any debris from the outside air compressor

Remove any debris that may be blocking the outside unit. Trim trees and hedges to prevent leaves and dirt from collecting around it. Keep landscaping around the unit to a minimum, allowing at least 2 feet of clear space all the way around.

Annual maintenance by an HVAC technician before the start of the cooling season can prevent many of these problems. Contact Rheem Pro Partners today to schedule your maintenance appointment. We are located throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners

If you are currently in the process of building or remodeling a home, you might be wondering about the different types of air conditioners. Ductless mini-split air conditioners are systems that not many homeowners are familiar with, however, they offer several advantages.

What is a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner?

A ductless mini-split air conditioner operates without ductwork and allows you to control the temperature in individual spaces or rooms. It has two components: the outdoor compressor and condenser and the indoor unit. The two components are linked by a conduit harboring the power cable, condensate drain, and tubing. Multiple indoor units can connect to one outdoor unit, which allows for “zoning.”

What is Zoning?

“Zoning” refers to regulating the temperature in individual rooms, rather than the building as a whole. Zoning is beneficial for those who spend the majority of their time in one room, or in homes where the rooms are naturally different temperatures.

Since ductless mini-splits are installed in rooms, they operate as a zoning system.

Where can you use a Mini-Split Air Conditioner?

It used to be that mini-splits were recommended for single rooms or add-ons where ductwork might not exist. We now see mini-splits being used to cool entire homes or to supplement traditional heting and cooling systems. A single unit won’t cool a 2000 sq ft open floor plan but it could help cool an overly warm room with large windows or second stories that tend to be warmer due to heat rising. You should contact an HVAC company to determine whether or not a mini-split is right for your application.

6 Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners

Besides being a mouthful to pronounce, ductless mini-split air conditioners have several defining characteristics that work to the homeowner’s advantage.

1. Easy Installation

It’s in the name: “mini” split. Not only does a smaller size mean “out of the way,” it also means easier installation. Easy installation means a lower installation cost. Everybody wins!

2. Flexible Zoning

As already mentioned, one of the major benefits of using a ductless mini-split air conditioner is the ability to regulate cooling in specific areas. If you use multiple units, you can control multiple areas of your home with little effort.

3. Cost-effective

Because you can regulate how much energy output your system is producing, utility bills stay low. Additionally, modern units tend to be more energy-efficient, saving you money in the long run.

4. Improved Indoor Air Quality

A better quality HVAC system naturally results in better quality air. Good indoor air quality is vital to the health and comfort of your home, and a ductless mini-split is bound to help.

5. Energy Efficient

Ductless mini-split air conditioners make it easy to cool one room at a time. If you only cool one room at a time, you save energy waste on every room that isn’t being cooled. Not only is it good for your wallet, it’s environmentally friendly.

Are There Any Disadvantages to a Ductless Unit?

No system is perfect, and everything has its pros and cons. Comparatively speaking, ductless units have more advantages than disadvantages. However, you should be aware that there might be some downsides to ductless units.

1. They must be sized correctly.

Because mini-split units regulate the temperature in individual rooms, they must be properly sized to the area. A too-small system will overwork itself trying to compensate for the space, while a too-large system will constantly turn on and off, wearing itself down.

2. There are often higher upfront costs.

While ductless mini-split air conditioners save you money on your overall utility bill, the initial cost is high compared to other units. In many ways, it is an investment. If you spend more money upfront, you will spend less money over time.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact Rheem Pro Partners today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

What Does an HVAC Technician Do During an Air Conditioner Tune-up?

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What Does an HVAC Technician Do During an Air Conditioner Tune-up?

Should you schedule an air conditioner tune-up with an HVAC technician? Many homeowners wonder if investing in routine maintenance is worth the investment, but we’re here to tell you it is. If you aren’t sure what an HVAC technician does during a tune-up, then this guide is for you.

Why Are Air Conditioner Tune-Ups Important?

Annual air conditioner tune-ups are important for the following reasons.

1. They prevent long-term damage to your air conditioner.

Scheduling tune-ups increases your chances of locating problems early and nipping them in the bud.

2. They save money in expensive repairs or replacements.

By locating problem areas before they have time to develop, you can save money on extensive repair work.

3. Tune-ups help you avoid surprise repairs.

It is much better for a certified technician to find a broken part before it becomes an issue. It lowers the chance of your air conditioner dying in the middle of the summer.

4. A tune-up increases the lifespan of your HVAC system.

Things last longer when you take care of them. Take care of your HVAC system with an air conditioner tune-up.

What Does an Air Conditioner Tune-Up Look Like?

A tune-up with one of our technicians includes the following three steps.

1. System Inspection

Your HVAC technician inspects your air conditioner to ensure that everything is in working order. If you provided the technician with concerns regarding specific areas, those areas receive special attention.

2. Cleaning of the System

Not only does a technician inspect your air conditioner, they should also clean it thoroughly and change the air filter.

3. System Service

Finally, an HVAC technician services problem areas. This might include replacing broken parts, identifying long-term issues, or making simple repairs.

A Closer Look at What Your HVAC Technician Does

Not every HVAC company is created equal, so some companies will give you more, and some will give you less. Generally speaking, however, your HVAC technician should include the following in an air conditioner tune-up.

  • Ductwork inspection and cleaning
  • Performance evaluation
  • Condenser coil cleaning
  • Calibration of thermostat
  • Tightening of electric coils
  • Test of refrigerant levels
  • Inspect blower assembly
  • Inspect evaporator coil

It is extremely important to hire a reputable, honest technician to perform your tune-up. Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations.

Other Ways to Take Care of Your HVAC System

How else can you care for your air conditioner?

1. Listen for strange noises.

Trust your senses! If you hear strange noises or smell strange odors, don’t ignore it. Take the time to investigate, and call a professional if needed.

2. Inspect the system yourself.

While sometimes the only option is to call a certified technician, you can still perform inspections on your own. Examine your HVAC system regularly so you know what’s “normal” and what isn’t.

3. Change your air filters regularly.

Not only do clean air filters preserve your system’s life span, they improve your indoor air quality. Protect your health by breathing clean air.

4. Keep the area clean around your air conditioning unit.

For the best possible performance, make sure your ac unit is free of debris and has at least two feet of clearance from trees and shrubs.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact Rheem Pro Partners today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

4 Ways an HVAC Zoning System Can Save You Money

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4 Ways an HVAC Zoning System Can Save You Money

If you’re looking for a great way to save money on heating and cooling, you might want to consider an HVAC zoning system. Many homeowners invest in traditional systems simply because they don’t know much about zoning systems. Make sure you’ve researched every option before choosing the right system for your home.

What is an HVAC Zoning System?

An HVAC zoning system is a system that allows you to regulate the temperature in specific rooms or areas of your home. It uses dampers to redirect air flow, allowing you to control what portions of the building receive the most heating and cooling.

Zoning systems come in several different configurations, including regular HVAC systems and ductless mini units.

How Can a Zoning System Save You Money?

Zoning systems are modern, efficient, and can save you money in the following four ways.

1. They are energy efficient.

Because you can choose which rooms receive heating and cooling, less energy is wasted. For example, if you live alone and know you’re probably not moving from your bedroom all day, you can stop any energy from being directed to the empty rooms.

2. Zoning systems could lower your utility bills.

An additional perk from saving energy is lowering your utility bill. Because you can heat one or two rooms rather than the entire building, you only have to pay for one or two rooms. While the upfront cost of a zoning system is more than a traditional system, it provides a great return on investment.

3. Your HVAC system could have a longer lifespan.

Traditional systems often overwork themselves to regulate the temperature in a home. Zoning systems have less work to do, so they generally last longer. A longer lifespan means less money spent on replacements. Again, that’s a win for the homeowner!

4. You may need fewer repairs.

If you invest in a quality zoning system, constant repairs are unlikely. You get to sit back and enjoy energy-efficient heating and cooling at a lower cost.

Is a Zoning System Right for Your Home?

Zoning systems are particularly beneficial for homeowners who do the following:

1. Spend the majority of their time in one part of the house.

As already mentioned, if you live alone or have a big home, zoning systems are great for cutting back on energy waste.

2. Travel or work a lot.

On the other hand, if you are gone a lot, zoning systems make it easy to save money while ensuring you come home to a warm or cool room.

3. Struggle with uneven temperature regulation in their home.

Depending on how your home was constructed, some rooms may tend to run hot or cold. Zoning systems allow you to work with that and keep everything even.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact Rheem Pro Partners today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

Allergies? Here are 6 Ways to Reduce them this Spring

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Allergies? Here are 6 Ways to Reduce them this Spring

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, then you know how miserable they can make you feel. So, how can you find relief? The good news is that apart from taking medicine, there are ways you can manipulate your environment and reduce the effects of spring allergies (or any season).

5 Ways to Avoid the Triggers that Cause Spring Allergies

Allergy triggers can be found both indoors and outdoors, which is why it is important that you guard against both. Consider these tips for easing seasonal allergies in and out of your home.

1. Avoid going outside when it’s windy.

Wind carries allergens such as pollen, dust, dirt, etc. If the day is windy, your allergies are far more likely to flare up and bother you. Stay inside if you can.

2. Clean your sinuses.

Allergens get trapped in your sinuses and cycle through your airways, causing sneezing, itching, running, and general discomfort. You can use a nasal spray or warm water to rinse your sinuses and eliminate allergens.

3. Wash your clothes and shoes.

Much like pets carry allergens on their fur, you carry allergens on your clothes and shoes. Dust and pollen cling to the fabric and follow you everywhere, including your home. Wash your clothes and shoes as often as you can to keep pollutants from building up on the surface.

4. Take steps to improve indoor air quality.

Even with the windows closed, you may find that you need to filter your indoor air for better quality.

What is Indoor Air Quality?

Indoor air quality is exactly what it sounds like. It refers to the quality of the air you breathe inside your home (or any other building). Since you can’t see air quality, many homeowners forget that it matters. Unsurprisingly, it plays a huge role in your lung and sinus health and should be carefully regulated to ensure maximum comfort.

How Can You Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

You can improve your air quality by taking the following steps.

1. Clean and dust your home regularly.

Dust is made up of skin cells, dirt, and dust mite droppings. All of these are airborne lung irritants that cause allergic reactions. Wipe down your furniture regularly to prevent dust from building up.

2. Keep doors and windows closed.

It can be tempting to leave your windows or door open on a beautiful spring day, but if you suffer from allergies, stick with the air conditioner. Pollutants can enter your home and cause more havoc than the pretty day is worth.

3. Groom pets.

Like dust, pet fur and dander can cycle through the air in your home, irritating your eyes, sinuses, and throats. Groom your pets as often as you clean your furniture.

4. Keep ductwork clean.

The best way to eliminate a problem is to begin at the source. Clean your vents to rid them of dust, dirt, and other particles.

5. Change your air filter regularly.

It is also important to keep your air filter clean. Use a high-quality filter, like the Model 2210 Aprilaire filters that remove 98% of contaminants and change it regularly.

6. Schedule routine HVAC maintenance.

One of the most effective ways to regulate your indoor air quality is to hire professionals to inspect your HVAC system. This ensures everything is in working order and nothing is amiss.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact Rheem Pro Partners today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

How Does a Thermostat Work?

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How Does a Thermostat Work?

Your thermostat may seem like a minor part of the HVAC system but in reality, it performs a very important task. Read our guide to thermostats and learn more about how to choose the right one for your needs.

How Does a Thermostat Work?

Your thermostat is essentially the “control center” for your home’s temperature. It commands your HVAC system, which in turn regulates the heating and cooling within each room. A thermostat typically operates in one of two ways.

1. Analog Thermostats

In simple terms, an analog thermostat uses a bi-metal strip that connects to a thermometer. The metal expands and constricts with the temperature change, causing contacts to touch one another. The contacts in turn connect to a mercury bulb, which signals the temperature connections to act.

2. Digital Thermostats

Again, put simply, digital thermostats are computer-operated. The thermometer reads the temperature and then signals the computer-chip, which signals the HVAC system that it’s time to turn on or off.

What Are the Different Types of Thermostat?

Non-programmable thermostats are basic, manual thermostats that you adjust on your own time, at your own will. This type of thermostat is great for homeowners who work from home or are hardly ever gone. But for the majority, a digital thermometer offers the ability to program and control your HVAC system remotely. Whether you set a programmable controller or adjust the temperature yourself, you can save money by only heating or cooling your home when it’s wanted or needed.

1. Programmable Thermostats

This type of thermostat allows you to pre-program temperatures on a daily or weekly basis. Programmable thermostats are handy when you travel a lot, as you can set the temperature to shut off while you are gone and kick back on before you get home.

2. Wi-Fi Thermostats

A step up from regular programmable thermostats, wi-fi thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature in your home from your electronic devices.

3. Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats automatically adjust themselves to your living pattern and control the temperature based on your preferences. You can still override this type of thermostat and change the preferences, but very little work is needed on your part.

Which Thermostat is Right for Your Home?

Every homeowner possesses a unique set of needs. To determine which thermostat fits your needs, ask yourself the following questions.

  • How often are you home?
    If you aren’t home often, a non-programmable thermostat will likely cost you more money.

  • How big is your home?
    Sometimes, zoning systems work well for large homes. A zoning system allows you to control the temperature in individual rooms using a digital thermostat.

  • How many occupants share your home?
    Multi-occupant households make great candidates for zoning systems. Often, everyone prefers a different temperature. Smart thermostats can make everyone happy.

  • Do you travel for business?
    Digital thermostats are great options for travelers. Even though the upfront cost of a programmable, wi-fi, or smart thermostat is more than that of a non-programmable thermostat, it will likely save you money on your utility bill.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact Rheem Pro Partners today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.