In a well-maintained home, your HVAC system will keep you comfortable in any season in Northbrook, Illinois. If this isn’t the case, it’s important to investigate the issue thoroughly. Upgrading your equipment or scheduling a maintenance call helps. Don’t ignore a thermostat that’s malfunctioning, though. It could signal more serious and energy-draining issue in your home.

Your Thermostat Placement is Wrong

Proper placement is a critical consideration with any new thermostat installation. Your entire heating and cooling system will turn on or off based on the temperature reading in this one location. It’s important to make sure that your thermostat placement is:

  • Away from direct sunlight
  • In a central part of the home
  • In a dry area with no humidity from showering or cooking
  • On an interior wall
  • Exposed to ready circulation and not in a closed room

If you want to truly make the most out of your thermostat, you must install this component in the right part of the home. If it’s in the wrong spot, you’ll ind that the further reaches of your home are dramatically hotter or colder than your thermostat setting. Our service technicians can help you identify the best place to install your thermostat for more accurate temperature management.

You Have a Large Home With One Zone

If you have a larger home, it’s unlikely that you can locate any one spot that’s an accurate representation of all the possible temperatures throughout your living space. The better solution is to install a zoned HVAC system that manages your home in multiple zones. As a result, you can channel more energy toward your kitchen, dining and living areas during the day, and focus on keeping the bedrooms cool at night.

If you choose to stick with a single zone, you don’t have to stay with just one thermostat. There are some systems that will coordinate the readings of multiple connected thermostats throughout the home to accurately determine the average temperature across all your rooms.

Your HVAC System Isn’t Properly Sized

If your air conditioner or furnace is too large or small for your home, your thermostat will face an impossible battle attempting to manage your temperature. When your system is too large, it;ll achieve the desired temperature quickly in some parts and cycle off before properly heating or cooling others. If your system is too small, it’ll run continuously without achieving your thermostat settings.

Ask about sizing considerations during your next tune-up. You should service your system at least once a year for optimum performance. This is a good time to make sure you’re working with an HVAC system that’s neither too big nor small for your needs.

Your Furnace or Air Conditioner Needs Repairs

An inability to maintain set temperatures in your home is a key indicator of a furnace or air conditioner that’s failing. If your home is consistently hotter or colder than your desired setting, you should schedule a repair visit as soon as possible to diagnose the underlying issue.

The Thermostat Isn’t Reading Properly

If your heating and cooling system is operating properly but you’re still not enjoying your preferred HVAC settings, the thermostat itself might be the problem. A key part of your preventive HVAC maintenance is checking to make sure the thermostat is calibrated properly.

Over time, the calibration tends to skew in one direction or another. If you’re overdue for system maintenance, the thermostat might operate inaccurately.

Use an independent thermometer to check the temperature in your home near the thermostat. If the reading is off by more than a degree, schedule a service call.

If you’re not getting proper heating or cooling in your home, it’s important to schedule a heating or AC repair as soon as possible. Call Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning at 847-272-5836 to book your appointment now.

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