Is Your Old Thermostat Costing You Money?

August 30, 2023

As the control center for your heating and AC, a faulty thermostat cannot accurately adjust indoor temperatures and causes wasted energy. While a new thermostat looks like an added expense, you might have a money-waster and not realize it.

A concern is constantly adjusting an old thermostat, which stresses your system and increases utility costs. But the good news is the financial pitfalls are avoidable. We’ll explore when a thermostat needs replacement, the benefits of upgrading to newer, more efficient models, heating and cooling efficiencies, and how the King can help.

4 Ways Old Thermostats Can Spike Your Bills

The Department of Energy states that an old or faulty temperature switch can raise cooling and heating costs by up to 12% annually. Hence, it pays to avoid the following mistakes:

  1. Stress: Some homeowners constantly adjust their settings or set extreme temperatures. Or they run the heat and AC on the same day, which overworks the HVAC system and requires more energy. 
  2. Lost connection: HVAC systems and thermostats need a connection to run properly. The result might be a system you cannot turn on or off, which wastes energy. 
  3. Short-cycling: Older thermostats sometimes turn the HVAC system on and off repeatedly without letting it complete a cycle. That can reduce the life span of the HVAC and cause higher heating and cooling costs.
  4. Lack of control: Without programmable settings, another mistake is running your HVAC, furnace, or heat pump all day, which causes unnecessary energy consumption.

When to Consider a Thermostat Replacement

Your thermostat plays a pivotal role in ensuring optimal indoor comfort. However, like all devices, it has a lifespan. If your thermostat has faithfully served you for more than ten years, it’s wise to evaluate its performance and consider if it’s time for an upgrade. Here are some telltale signs that your thermostat might be due for a replacement:

  • Inconsistent temperatures or a lost connection with the HVAC system.
  • A sudden spike in utility bills or an unresponsive HVAC system.
  • Visible damage, frequent short cycles, or inaccurate temperature readings.
  • The need for manual adjustments or frequent resets.

If you notice any of the above signs, you should talk to a professional and think about upgrading your thermostat.

The Efficiency of Modern, Smart Thermostats

If you have ever used a modern programmable thermostat, the features are fit for a king, literally! 

A programmable thermostat can include climate zoning, automatic updates, and Home and Away presents that auto-adjust the air as you get closer to home. 

Other advantages include:

  • Automation: Integrate with other smart home devices for a holistic home automation experience.
  • Convenience: Remotely control your HVAC through your smartphone or computer.
  • Customization: Programmable settings adjust temperatures based on daily routines.
  • Real-Time Access: Access features like energy-saving modes and energy consumption tracking.

Making the Right Choice for Your Home

While maintaining an efficient HVAC system, don’t neglect your thermostat. Outdated and faulty temperature switches need replacing, but don’t mistakenly buy the same brand or attempt a DIY installation. It might not be compatible with your new HVAC system. 

Instead, let us install a modern thermostat to conserve energy, control settings remotely, and track your energy costs. Smart thermostats let you control settings with your phone and create presets that keep your rooms comfortable. But don’t stop there! 

Backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, we offer 24/7 emergency HVAC services, flexible financing, and military/veteran/senior discounts. Expect prompt arrivals from our respectful, uniformed, licensed, and insured technicians.

Schedule a thermostat service today in Bainbridge or Thomasville, GA, by calling Harrell King at 229-243-8040.

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