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How to Keep Track of Your AC Use in the Summer

digital-thermostat-hand-78Of course, you wish you could use your air conditioner a lot less in the summer, in order to keep your bills down, but that’s simply not a possibility. You’ll need air conditioning to get through a Savannah summer comfortably, and you’re grateful to have one in your home, but the costs can quickly get out of control.

Our advice for the best way to manage your AC system’s energy usage is much like the advice many people give about managing finances, keep track of how much you use. But how can you do that when energy is used throughout your home?

Consider a Thermostat Upgrade

Some thermostats are able to manage your energy usage and help you keep track with clear displays or learning apps that get to know your usage habits. With a smart thermostat, something that’s all the rage in heating and air conditioning these days, you have access to your air conditioner anywhere.

You can usually monitor your energy use throughout the day by accessing the application from your manufacturer on your smartphone or tablet (or from a computer). One feature of the application is a tracking feature that helps you to see when you use the most energy throughout the day.

Find a Programming Option that Helps You Save

Another way to keep track of your AC usage in the summer is to stop fluctuating temperature settings on the thermostat quite so much. Turning the air conditioner off completely and then turning it down to its lowest setting when you get home is not the right way to do it. The system will waste a lot of energy starting up and running nonstop for a long time to get your home down to the right temperature.

Instead, we recommend programming your thermostat in a way that is unique to your schedule so that it’s easier to keep track of how much energy you’re using throughout the day. Keep the thermostat at about 78°F in the daytime when people are home, but raise the temperature by about 5°-10° when you know you’ll be away.

Check Your Energy Bills

One of the most effective ways to monitor your energy usage is to check your energy bills, although the information given on the bill may vary from region to region. You may be able to find detailed information about what time energy costs are highest—known as peak hours—and when you use the most energy in a day so you can start raising the temperature slightly during those hours.

Know Your Thermostat

Finally, a great way to monitor and track your energy usage is to really understand the ins and outs of your thermostat. Many people have a programmable thermostat that they don’t really know how to use, or they may even use a smart thermostat that they haven’t taken the time to get to learn. This can add onto your costs and make it more difficult to program an efficient schedule and make minimal use of your AC. Read up on your thermostat’s manual or call a technician for more information about your thermostat model.

For air conditioning services in Savannah, GA, contact the friendly team at AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. We do quality work at a fair price.

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