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A Thermostat's Direct Impact on Your Home's Heating System

Your Thermostat Could Be Damaging Your Furnace

When it comes to figuring out the temperature within your home, chances are you rely heavily on your thermostat. It goes without saying that without one it would be a lot more inconvenient to figure out what the temperature is in your house. The world today has grown so accustomed to these digital gadgets being a necessity in every home, that most people tend to not even think twice about it.

A thermostat is essentially a control board that regulates the temperature in your home. If the home gets to cool, it will send a signal to the furnace for it to turn on. However, you can’t always trust the device blindly, and there’s a chance the thermostat is doing damage to your furnace.

This article will help homeowners learn more about the damages a thermostat can do to your furnace or heating system and what you can do to fix the problem once and for all.

How is a Thermostat Hurting Your Furnace?

There are a few things to look out for that could point to a faulty thermostat. If it is clearly showing the wrong temperature, your energy bills have increased or your unit seems to be overworked, there’s a cause for concern. You could also have some faulty or aging wiring and dust accumulation that is causing your thermostat to malfunction and thereby causing miscommunication with your furnace.

Of course, the problem could be coming from your furnace too, but there are three common furnace problems that point to your furnace being overworked because of the thermostat.

furnace problemsThese three problems are:
  • The furnace cycles on and off more frequently than necessary.
  • A furnace is putting out an erratic amount of heat.
  • Furnace stops producing heat altogether.

Essentially, the major concern with a thermostat issue that needs repair is the deterioration of your furnace. If it is too old, it may force your furnace to work harder, longer, or more often, leading to more wear and tear. In the end, this translates to higher energy costs and a shorter lifespan for your furnace, which is never a good thing.

Different Systems to Choose From

Before you decide to purchase a new thermostat, it is important to take the time to research the different types to choose from and figure out which is best for you and your home. Essentially, there are four types of modern thermostats.

The four types are:

Non-programmable: This is the most basic option and likely the one installed in older homes. It allows you to turn the unit on and off and set your desired temperature, but will not help you program temperatures for energy savings.

Programmable: These are a step up from your old thermostat and let you set temperature schedules based on usage. This helps lower energy costs and ensures that your unit isn’t overworking when you’re not home.

Wi-Fi: Blending programmable options with wi-fi enabled controls, these units bring your old system into the 21st century. They often come with an app that allows you to control them even when you’re not home.

Smart: Like the wi-fi option, smart thermostats can be controlled with an app and outside of your home, but as the name suggests, they’re smarter. They often learn your home patterns and adjust temperatures independently, creating the best program for your home.

Each type of thermostat is more expensive than the previous, but energy efficiency is increased with each one. Typically, you will find your best value with the Wi-Fi thermostat. It will connect to your wireless network and you can access it via your smartphone or computer so you can adjust the temperature in your home no matter where you are. It’s ideal for those that want full control of their home’s temperature setting even when you aren’t at home.

The Benefits of Replacement

To put it simply, replacing your thermostat will lower your energy bills, provide automatic temperature setting changes as well as making reprogrammable overrides on previous settings when you are away from home. An upgrade in your home will keep your temperature properly regulated and your furnace working efficiently for years to come.


Best of all, it will cut down on the wear and tear on your furnace, creating a harmonious system that you can enjoy for years to come. Give your furnace and energy bills a break and invest in a new thermostat today.

Time Plumbing, Heating & Electric Inc. Knows What Works

Time Plumbing, Heating & Electric Inc. has provided expert services around the Denver area since 1983 and continues to keep the community working properly day or night. No matter the issue, from furnace repairs to ceiling fan installations they are there to fix it in no time flat!