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My Thermostat's Temperature Doesn't Match the Temperature of My Home. What's Going On?
Monday, February 13, 2017

If your thermostat is saying one thing but you're feeling another, it could be time to get in touch with energy services so you can get back to feeling comfortable in your home. There are many potential reasons for issues like this, and not all are directly related to the thermostat itself. Regardless of the cause, this is a problem that deserves immediate attention. If there is a malfunction, in addition to impacting your comfort level, your system could be running more often than necessary. This can mean increased energy use, which translates to higher utility bills. Worse, a small problem can develop into a larger (and more expensive) one if allowed to linger.

Could This Energy Issue Be Due to the Thermostat Itself?

If your thermostat's temperature isn't accurate, it could mean the device's sensor is at fault. Recalibrating the thermostat might fix the issue, but sometimes replacing it is the only real solution. Aside from a faulty sensor, your thermostat's location can also have an impact on the accuracy of its readings. If the device is in a place where it gets hit by direct sunlight, or if it's too close to air drafts, the temperature measurements can be inaccurate. Ensuring central placement of the device in your home, away from factors that could affect its reliability, will help you avoid bad readings.

It could also simply be a matter of the thermostat being too old. When appliances get older, they tend to stop working the way they used to, and thermostats are no exception. Incorrect temperature readings are a common symptom of a thermostat that needs replacement, but upgrading can be a blessing in disguise. Newer thermostats can be programmed, meaning you can cut back on wasted energy and save big on your utility bills.

What Else Could Be Responsible?

If you issue isn't due to a malfunctioning thermostat, it could be a more serious problem related to your HVAC system's ductwork. If your vents are improperly designed or damaged, your system could be delivering less than the ideal amount of air. Your thermostat could be working properly, but if the system itself is unable to perform, the temperature readings will not match what you feel. Your air conditioning unit could also be losing the refrigerant that allows it to produce cold air. If too much leaks out, your home won't cool down to the desired temperature.

Even if you think you have a good idea of what’s wrong, a trained energy services professional can analyze your issues and help you reach an effective solution. Fixing the problem the right way can save you some headaches and more expenses down the line, so don't take any chances! Contact our team at G+S Energy today to get your thermostat problems taken care of, so you can go back to feeling comfortable in your home.

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