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October 12, 2015
Are You Using Your Home Thermostat for Maximum Efficiency?
A thermostat can be a powerful tool in energy-efficiency when used properly. But if you never learn about the features and settings on your thermostat, it could just be an energy hog in your home. Are you taking advantage of your thermostat for the best possible energy efficiency without sacrificing your comfort? Here are our recommendations for saving money when running your air conditioner.
What Are the Best Thermostat Settings?
Of course, this will vary from household to household. If there is someone with a medical condition living in the home, for example, it may be that the thermostat is set to a doctor-recommended temperature and that the system runs for a large portion of the day. However, in general, we recommend that most people find the warmest possible comfortable temperature and keep the thermostat set here while home, raising it by 10 degrees or so when you leave. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends an average cooling setting of about 78 degrees. Higher temperatures mean lower bills and less strain on the system, which could reduce your service needs.
Do You Have a Quality Thermostat?
If you don’t have a thermostat with programmable settings and a digital display, you are missing out. Digital, programmable thermostats help homeowners to prevent developing the “set it and forget it” mentality. Rather than leave the thermostat at an ideal temperature all day, you can program it to automatically turn off when you leave for work and come back on 10 minutes before you arrive home. You can also upgrade to a smart thermostat that you can control from virtually any location via your smart phone.
Is It in the Right Location?
It’s also important that your thermostat was properly installed in the first place. If your thermostat is not in the right location in your home, outside sources of heat might affect the temperature reading. For maximum efficiency, proper location and settings must come together, which is why you should involve a trained technician in any new thermostat installation.