Can an old thermostat cost you money on your energy bill? – Avis Home Solutions
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High utility bills are often misdiagnosed. You may think your HVAC system is the cause, but it could be something a lot smaller in size, like your thermostat. It’s one of the most vital components of your home’s heating and cooling system. Ideally, it would be best to have one installed on each level to manage temperature fluctuations throughout the year while cutting down energy costs. Peak season in Orange County is during the hot summer months which require heavy demand from our air conditioners. However, many people continue to use their old mechanical, manual model thermostats, which can lead to higher energy bills.

What’s the Temp?

Do you notice that your thermostat is reading temperatures inaccurately or not responding correctly? Your older model may be miscalibrated and no longer able to read the temperature in your house accurately. It could be time for a new one. “Ghost” readings are likely to occur if your thermostat is positioned directly in sunlight.

Why is it that when you turn on your air conditioner, the temperature drops in some rooms while others stay warm? The answer may be due to hot spots. By turning up the heat or AC to compensate for hot spots in your home, you may be using more energy than necessary. One way to overcome this is to talk to the experts at Avis about rezoning.

Short Cycling

Do you hear your HVAC system turning on and off constantly? Old thermostats are likely to cause this due to short cycling. Short cycling is when your HVAC system turns on and off rapidly without fully completing a heating or cooling cycle. This results in your HVAC having to work harder, which may reduce your system’s life span. This also increases your energy bill due to constant use.

No Connection

An important thing to remember about your thermostat is that it needs constant communication with the HVAC system to operate efficiently. If your thermostat and HVAC system lose that vital connection, you may not be able to turn your system on or off, which may result in a very hot or cold home. If you are unable to control your HVAC system, it could cost you a lot of money and make things very uncomfortable for you and your family.

Time to Upgrade

A big problem with old, outdated thermostats is that you can’t control them the way you want—and a lack of control results in missing out on energy-saving opportunities.

It’s time to upgrade your thermostat to digital. Digital thermostats tend to be more accurate, energy-efficient, and can be remotely programmed through an app on your phone. For example, you can automatically set a lower temperature in the house when you are away or at a particular time of night when everyone in the house is asleep.

If you’d like to replace your old thermostat, please call us at 949-328-3374. Avis Home Solutions would love to install a new energy-efficient thermostat to help your home stay comfortable and to ensure your energy bills remain low.

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