3 Bits of Thermostat Advice for the Summer

The thermostat is a deceptively small device: it looks unremarkable where it’s attached to the wall in your house, but it has an immense effect on how well your home stays comfortable and how much you pay to keep it that way.

We have some tips for better thermostat performance for this summer this will help you receive the best quality from your air conditioning system while always saving money on your utility bills.

1. Find a comfortable higher temperature—and stick with it

If you look at the temperature range available on your thermostat, you may find that it goes as low as 60°F or even 50°F. It’s certainly tempting to drop the AC down to those levels and get the best cooling possible—but you should resist. You will only waste large amounts of energy, make your home too cold, and then need to turn the system off again. The best strategy for cooling off is to set the thermostat to around the mid-70s, and then adjust up and down to find a pleasant temperature. Keep the thermostat at this setting (lowering it 10°F at night), which will place less pressure on the air conditioner and result in a 20–30% reduction in cooling bills.

2. Maybe it’s time to upgrade to new thermostat technology

One of the best ways to improve air conditioner performance and efficiency is to get rid of an old thermostat with outdated technology, like manual controls and non-programmable digital displays. Upgrading to programmable models will help you control the temperature more precisely and allow you to program the AC to turn on and off as needed, whether you are home or not.

3. Always remember, a thermostat is a switch—not a throttle

The thermostat controls whether the air conditioner and its fans are on or off; turning it lower does not make it cool your home faster, it only makes it run longer. Keep this in mind when you set your thermostat, and you will have a better idea how to conserve energy while achieving the comfort level your household needs.

If you need new thermostat installation or repairs, make sure that you don’t try to take care of the job yourself. HVAC professionals need to perform this task to make sure that your new (or old) thermostat works just as it should.

For thermostat installation and repairs, or any service for your air conditioning, call Mid-State Air Conditioning and Heating. We serve Nashville, TN and the surrounding areas.

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