Auto Changeover Functionality in Thermostats
With our fall daily temperatures here in El Paso, it is important to know that your new heating and cooling system may be capable of “automatic changeover”. Auto-changeover functionality is when the thermostat automatically switches from one mode of operation (heat/cool) to the other based on a set temperature. This feature is a convenient and smart way to ensure your home stays comfortable with the changing temps.
If you are considering a new HVAC system, this feature is a must-have. However, this functionality can be added to most existing systems as well. Please talk to your installer if you are interested in having this functionality added.
When the ecobee Thermostats With Auto Changeover setting is enabled, the thermostat will automatically switch between heating and cooling based on the temperature of your home’s air. To activate the feature, navigate to the thermostat settings in your mobile device and find the ‘Auto Changeover’ option. When this option is enabled, two set points will appear on the main screen of the app. The top set point represents the cooling temperature and the bottom set point is the heat temperature. You can use the up and down arrows to adjust the heating and cooling set points.
What is Auto Changeover Functionality in Thermostats?
In addition to enabling auto-changeover, you can also customize your ecobee thermostat by altering the ‘Configure Staging’ option. This allows you to fine-tune how the thermostat stages up its fan to run for longer periods of time when in the “auto” position. This prevents the constant stopping and starting that is often seen when fans are left in the “on” position, which can cause your system to use more energy and also wear out your air filter much faster.
You can also enable the ecobee’s CIRCULATE setting, which will turn your thermostat’s fan on at regular intervals, but will not keep it running continuously like it does in “on”. This is great for circulating your air during the day without impacting your energy bill or wearing out your air filters. This option can be found in the thermostat settings under the ENERGY tab.