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3 Reasons Your Thermostat Is Wasting Your Money
28 Sep
By: Climate Control
HVAC Supplies

Maintenance agreements provide a variety of benefits, including preventative maintenance. This can help maintain a properly running HVAC system and optimum energy efficiency. Another advantage can be an informal audit or review of your HVAC system to identify ways you're wasting money, such as with your thermostat.

Here are three reasons your thermostat may be wasting you money:

1. Poor Thermostat Placement

Thermostats should measure the real indoor temperature, not a hot or cold spot. These outlier temperatures can fool the thermostat into thinking it's a lot hotter or colder than it really is. This can then make the heater or air conditioner run longer than it needs to, wasting energy and money while increasing the chances of an unexpected HVAC failure.

If your thermostat is next to the main doorway, lamp or kitchen, there's a good chance its readings are not as accurate as they should be.

2. Using the Same Thermostat Settings All the Time

The thermostat exists to automatically maintain a given temperature for the benefit of a building's occupants. If no one is in the building, there's no need to have the thermostat hold a temperature that only occupants would appreciate. Instead, the thermostat should maintain an indoor temperature that will avoid any damage to the interior and allow for a quick and easy heat up or cool down when the occupants return.

What does all this mean? It means that at night or when a building is otherwise unoccupied, the thermostat should be set to a higher (in the summer) or lower (in the winter) temperature to save energy and money. It will save some wear and tear on the HVAC system, as well.

3. Thermostat Needs Calibration

If the thermostat doesn't have proper calibration, it's not reading an accurate temperature of the inside. This is similar to when the thermostat is in a hot or cold spot due to improper placement. Luckily, recalibrating a thermostat is one of the benefits of regular maintenance through a maintenance agreement. Once the calibration is correct, your HVAC system can run with more energy efficiency.

To sign up for a maintenance agreement to help you calibrate your thermostat or assist in assessing your thermostat's overall efficiency and effectiveness, seek out the expert advice at Climate Control today.

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