No one wants to pay more than they have to on heating and cooling. Whether it’s high energy bills or a lack of comfort in your home or office, you definitely know your HVAC system isn’t working as it should. It may not be your unit giving you a hard time. Your thermostat may be the one to blame!
Thermostats serve as the brain of your HVAC system. It alerts your unit when it’s too cold, too hot, or just right. If your thermostat is acting up, it can throw off the entire process, resulting in discomfort and high costs.
Watch Out for These 6 Thermostat Warning Signs
Knowing what to look for is the best place to start when deciding if your thermostat is driving up heating and cooling costs. We’ve listed 6 signs that you can blame your thermostat on for HVAC inconsistencies.
Inaccurate Display Temperature
Have you found yourself feeling uncomfortable, but the temperature on the thermostat disagrees? It’s not you, it’s your thermostat, trust us. Inaccurate readings can stem from a dirty thermostat. Dirt and dust accumulate on your thermostat, just like with your air filters. To clean your thermostat, simply remove the cover and wipe away with a soft brush. Be sure to not touch anything with your fingers as to not damage the small parts within your thermostat.
Your Home Has Uneven AC Distribution
Do you notice a difference in comfort from one side of the home compared to the other? This uneven heating or cooling can be a result from your thermostat not being centrally located. It’s important that your thermostat is installed in a central place to make sure that all spaces get the same level of attention.
If your thermostat isn’t to blame for this disparity, you might want to consider zoned heating and cooling to reverse this problem. Zoned heating and cooling sets up different zones in your home and each zone has a thermostat. You can program them to ensure that problem areas receive a little more attention. One of our technicians would be happy to inspect your home to see if this is the right solution for you!
It’s Freezing All Year Long in Your Home or Office
No matter the season, your home or office seems to be an ice box! This is most likely due to the fact that your thermostat is in direct sunlight. Your thermostat will then read the temperature as much hotter than your home or office actually is, and give a false reading. This false reading is most often referred to as a “ghost reading”. Your space will then be pumped with cooled air constantly.
For obvious reasons, this is bad for your comfort and your energy bill. In the winter, you’ll freeze and your thermostat won’t communicate that your heater needs to turn on. In the summer, you’ll drive up your cooling costs. You won’t sweat in your home or office, but you’ll sweat once you see your monthly bill!
The Thermostat is Set At The Same Temperature All Day
If you don’t ever change the setting of your thermostat, then the problem may be on you, not your thermostat. It’s recommended that you set the thermostat higher in the summer and colder in the winter when you will be away from your home or office for more than 8 hours. You won’t need to keep it at your perfect setting when you are away or asleep because there won’t be as much movement or opening and closing of doors. Keeping the same temperature all day, every day will only result in wasted air and higher costs.
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer.
- Set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter.
You Are Constantly Changing the Setting
Now on the other hand, if you are constantly changing your thermostat setting every hour, you are working against yourself. This constant change in temperature will cause your unit to start and stop repeatedly throughout the day, taking up more energy and wearing out your unit faster. You should really only be changing the temperature a few times a day: when you go to bed, when you leave your home for work, and then when you return home.
Low Battery or Improper Installation
Your thermostat may not be working properly because it has a low battery or it wasn’t properly installed to begin with. There should be an alert for low battery on your thermostat display. You simply need to change out the batteries and your thermostat will be good to go. Keeping an eye on this will ensure that your thermostat is working for you and not against you.
HVAC Maintenance with Crystal Air & Water
If you can’t find a reason to blame your thermostat for high costs, there may another problem lurking in your HVAC system that is the cause for discomfort or high energy bills. Crystal Air & Water wants to make sure you and your family are comfortable year-round. Contact us today to schedule an inspection to make sure that your HVAC system is healthy and working to keep you comfortable!