February 22, 2016
How to Save Money on Air Conditioning with Your Programmable Thermostat
When you use your air conditioner as much as you do in Jacksonville, FL, it’s only natural you want to find ways to save money. With warmer weather right around the corner, now is the time to decide if you’re getting the most from your thermostat. Most people don’t realize how much energy it takes to raise or lower the temperature in your home by even a few degrees, which reflects in your utility bills. A programmable thermostat can help you save money. Read on to discover how.
Set the Time You Want Your System to Run
Rather than running your AC all day long, you can program the thermostat to shut the system down before your family leaves for the day, and turn back on 20-30 minutes before you return home. In addition, you can program your thermostat to increase the temperature about 30-60 minutes before you turn in for the night. You may be surprised to find how little cooling you need when you are asleep.
Consider Your Thermostat’s Location
Many homeowners don’t realize just how much the location of their thermostat can affect its performance and efficiency. To operate effectively, your programmable thermostat should be on an interior wall, away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights, and windows. Also, furniture can block natural air movement. Therefore, don’t place pieces in front or below your thermostat.
A programmable thermostat could certainly save you money. However, it’s important to remember that this will depend on how complex the thermostat is, and whether or not you are using it correctly. For example, if you set your thermostat around 72 degrees in the summer time, which will require your AC to run a lot more than if you set it at 78 degrees, wasting energy.
To learn more about your thermostat options and for thermostat installation, contact Buehler Air Conditioning today. Make the good call!
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