5 Things About Thermostats You Probably Didn’t Know


The thermostat is a very small part of any home, so putting much thought into how it interacts with your AC or heater isn’t something that plays a role in the daily lives of most people. However, there are a number of factors about this device that many people weren’t aware of, so below are five items of interest from Max Mechanical about this issue:

What’s at Fault?

Controlling the heater or AC through the thermostat is what helps maintain the consistency of your HVAC system. When something goes wrong, many people believe that if the actual temperature inside a home is in contrast to what’s seen on the device, the latter is broken. In reality, a more serious issue exists with either the HVAC system or the ductwork, and should be addressed immediately.

Location is Very Important

The placing of any thermostats in a household is something that probably doesn’t enter most people’s mindset. That apathy can potentially lead to higher electric bills through additional AC or heater use, since the temperature on the device can be skewed in specific areas. For example, if it’s near a door, in direct sunlight, vents or the kitchen, the temperature won’t be a true representation.

Multiple Thermostats Can Be Effective

While large homes usually have two or more devices to cover their wider area, the thought of doing the same for a smaller residence is often dismissed. However, for multi-level houses, these can serve to balance the temperature across a home. Basements tend to require additional heating during cooler months, but rather than raise the temperature of the entire house to compensate, having multiple options in this area will reduce heating bills.

Programming for Peace of Mind

For years, home owners have been told that they can save money if any thermostats are lowered while they’re either sleeping or at work. The problem is that people may forget as they trudge off to bed for the evening or are in a rush to get to work. However, a programmable device will help alleviate that issue, since a number of varieties exist that can be set either daily or be changed to factor in weekends.

The Danger of Mercury

If you haven’t gotten a new thermostat in a long time, you likely have one that has mercury in it. That can become dangerous if the device should somehow be broken, since the amount of mercury inside is large enough to potentially contaminate a small lake. Therefore, getting in touch with Max Mechanical to address this issue can turn out to be important.

One of the reasons that residents of the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex area put their faith in Max Mechanical is that we do quality work with all sorts of HVAC systems and offer guarantees on that work. So, if you’ve got questions about this issue, give us a call today at 817-459-4100 or 972-233-1637.

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