Your thermostat might cost you money without you even realizing it. As thermostats get worn down with age, parts become faulty and can cause problems. Knowing whether a thermostat is on its way out has to do with the age of the unit, malfunctions it’s having and unexpected changes to your energy bills. Read on to learn whether you need to purchase a new thermostat for your Rocklin, CA, home.

Age of Your Thermostat

The average thermostat has a 10-year lifespan, though technical problems and failures can rear their heads earlier. In addition to poor function, older thermostats aren’t usually programmable. Smart or programmable thermostats help save money on your energy bills.

Temperature Fluctuations and Malfunctions

A malfunctioning thermostat can cause shifts in temperature that will cause discomfort and will force your unit to work harder and less efficiently. The temperature gauge on your thermostat may be off, or technical problems may keep your HVAC system from turning on or off. If your AC system has trouble quickly cooling your home and reducing humidity, it may be time for a repair or even time to replace the thermostat altogether.

Changes to Your Energy Bills

Swings in your heating or cooling bills aren’t normal, especially if the changes are significant. An improperly running thermostat can cause your HVAC system to run for longer periods than usual. This loss of efficiency makes energy costs rise until they’re so bad you can’t help but take notice of the problem.

Plus, smart thermostats can make a big difference. The ability to control your thermostat remotely as well as set thresholds for temperatures and specific run times may help you combat higher bills.

Making the switch to a smart thermostat will save you money on energy bills. If you’re interested in knowing more about your options, call Jaguar Heating & Air. We provide full-service AC repair and installation services. We’re more than happy to assist you!

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