A Landlord Thermostat is a thermostat that the landlord controls and can’t be tampered with by the tenant.
Many landlords like to set these thermostats up so that tenants don’t have any control or influence when it comes to temperature settings or other environmental factors filed under “in house policies” pertaining to a particular dwelling unit. Landlords often have these because they want to be able to ensure that their tenants are comfortable without having to increase energy costs unnecessarily, but also because they think it is a fair compromise between tenant and landlord when it comes to managing the in-unit temperature.
What should a thermostat be set to?
You may be asking yourself, “What temperature should I set my apartment home at?” Or better yet, “What is the most energy saving temperature to set my thermostat at?” It is often relayed the ideal home temperature should be in between 70 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind, these temperatures may vary depending on where you live and if you have other physical or health conditions that require adjustments to temperatures. The key is to maintain this temperature and keep it consistent. This is best done when using a temperature controlled thermostat. These temperature controlled thermostats hold the responsibility of maintaining a constant temperature while eliminating the ability for anyone to make adjustments or tamper with it.
This is particularly important during the shifting of the seasons. This doesn’t always mean an easy transition from hot weather to cool weather. Temperatures fluctuate daily, and sometimes those days are cool and sometimes they can feel as hot as a summer day.
What is temperature limiting?
Temperature Limits allow you, the landlord, to put parameters on the highest temperature and lowest temperature your Landlord Thermostat. These set points are important, specifically when someone else may be occupying a space where you pay the energy bill. Most (but not all) temperature locking thermostats still allow your residents to make temperature adjustments within the range you set. This tends to make tenants feel more comfortable by having the freedom to adjust to the temperature they desire.
For your vacation rental property, limiting the air conditioning from being set below 72 on hot days to control costs will save you big. Same for cold days, you can set a maximum temperature that the thermostat can hit. These limits will prevent your energy bills from spiking in addition to preventing additional strain on your HVAC system.
Limiting the temperature range prevents excessive energy usage. The ideal temperature for cooler months is 68 degrees while in warmer months, it’s recommended to set your thermostat at about 78 degrees. There are other ways to keep warm or cool by using additional layers of clothing or fans to offset high utility bills.
What makes locking thermostats so tamper proof?
The setting limits are programmed into the PCB (printed circuit boards), there is not a single way to change the setting range without actually replacing the circuit board.
What types of HVAC systems will this work on?
Landlord Thermostat’s residential temperature limiting thermostats were engineered to be very versatile. They will work with heat only, cool only, heat and cool systems, and single stage heat pumps. Whether you have 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 wires from your heating unit to your thermostat, there is a wiring configuration that will work for you. All variations are addressed in the instruction owners manual.
How does a locking thermostat save on your energy bill?
If you’re the owner of an apartment building, you know that utility bills are a real expense. If you really want to save some money on your power bill over time, it’s a smart idea to invest in temperature-limiting thermostats. These thermostats can cut down on your energy costs and wasteful habits by preventing tenants from abusing free heat and A/C. Typically, standard thermostats don’t offer much peace of mind against inappropriate tampering. But with temperature limiting ones like ours do – because the circuit board is programmed to set higher and lower limits – no one can hack it with simple tools and a screwdriver; it ensures safety while also ensuring cost savings.
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