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Why You Should Always Keep Your Thermostat ‘On’

by | Dec 5, 2017 | Air Conditioner, Cooling

Thermostat on instead of autoNow that you have a new thermostat in your home (or you are thinking about installing one), you may have already Googled the difference between ‘on’ and ‘auto.’ If so, you are probably feeling a little bit confused – we don’t blame you! There is a ton of conflicting information out there, and not all of it is very reliable.

When it comes to whether you should leave your thermostat set to “Auto” (where it turns itself on and off after monitoring the temperature in your home) or leave it switched on “On” (where it runs continuously) – what should you do? We’ve listed some info below that you can definitely use to save money on your energy bill and keep your home comfortable all year round.

But isn’t keeping the setting switched “On” more expensive?

A lot of the articles that you read online will mention that the “On” setting can be more expensive. Of course, they are assuming that you can using an older model, or perhaps one that is not energy efficient. With the newer, more energy efficient models that we sell here at R.F. Schraut Heating and Cooling, you never have to worry about this.

Leaving your energy efficient thermostat set to “On” can actually save you money, as it does not have to work as hard in the process of constantly turning itself on and off when the indoor temperature fluctuates.

A variable speed system will save you money – and hassle

Rather than remembering to constantly switch your thermostat from Auto to On whenever you want to change its function, it is a lot easier to just leave it set to “On.” This way it is always working when you need it to, and you don’t have to wait for it to heat up or cool down your home. You and your family will always be comfortable and ready for all weather.

That said, a lot of the information on the internet (and even from some of our competitors) points to the fact that the ‘On” setting can be expensive. That is only the case if you do not have a thermostat with a variable speed system.

The team at R.F. Schraut Heating and Cooling always recommends that you choose a thermostat model that comes equipped with a variable speed system. This is always the best choice, because they can slowly heat or cool your home as needed. This prevents the entire system from having to start up and turn on every time your thermostat dips or rises a single degree.

This is especially important in the extreme winter and summer months – your system will always keep your home comfortable without having to work as hard. Over time, this saves you money on wear and tear, repairs and replacements.

As you can see, an energy efficient, variable speed thermostat system is the best option for any home. Leaving it set to “On” will keep your home the perfect temperature no matter what the weather is doing outside!


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