A lot of different components of the AC system in your home work together to help cool it down. But there is probably only one that you really give much attention to on a daily basis: the thermostat. Your thermostat takes the temperature in your home and sends communication to the AC system so that it knows when it is time to start running again. And unfortunately the thermostat can really cost you—if you don’t follow our tips for operating it properly.
1. Read the manual!
If the thermostat is difficult to program or operate, the best thing you can do is read the manual (or ask a technician for help). You may be able to find a manual on the internet if you no longer have a hard copy. The thermostat may have more features than you knew of, such as 5+1+1 programming so that you can set the weekend temperature differently from the weekdays. Or, you might be able to set a schedule for each day individually, and change the temperature several times a day.
2. Replace an older thermostat
Don’t wait until a thermostat malfunctions before replacing it. Older manual thermostats (the ones with sliders and dials instead of buttons and screens) just don’t help you to take complete control over the temperature in your home throughout the day. Replacing this with a new programmable thermostat, however, can help you to save a lot on monthly costs, as you won’t ever have to worry about setting it and forgetting it. Set a schedule that turns up the temperature or shuts the AC off completely while you are away and set the temperature to lower again minutes before you arrive.
3. Find a comfortable but efficient temperature
Turning the thermostat down to 60 degrees won’t help the room cool down any faster. The air conditioner can really only cool at one speed, and a lower temperature setting will only wear out the parts and cost you money. Find the highest temperature that everyone is comfortable with (probably somewhere between 72 – 78 degrees) and try to stick with this setting as much as possible when people are home.
Call the professionals at AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. for more advice and quality air conditioning services in the Hilton Head, SC area.