29 Jun One of the Biggest Air Conditioning Mistakes You Do Not Want to Make
Keeping a home adequately cooled during a long, hot Nashville, TN summer usually means having an air conditioning system running most of the day. Unfortunately, this translates into some very high electricity bills, and you are probably used to seeing the same jump in utility bills occur each summer.
However, there is a very strong chance that you are wasting money through a few basic AC errors. If you aren’t changing the air filter every month, scheduling spring maintenance from professionals, and always calling for repairs the moment anything appears amiss with the AC, you’ll end up paying more for air conditioning than necessary. And there’s one very large mistake that Franklin, TN homeowners often make that leads to needlessly elevated bills. We would like to draw your attention to this one, because it’s easy to fix:
Setting the thermostat at the lowest temperature possible
People make the mental correlation that “lowest setting = best cooling,” especially on very hot days. But it simply isn’t true, and it’s both wasteful of energy and places too much stress on the AC, which will lead to repair needs and even an early replacement.
But when you put your thermostat at the lowest setting, which is probably 60°F, you aren’t receiving better cooling or even faster cooling. This is because the thermostat does not work like a throttle: when you set it lower, it does make the AC put out more cooling or do it faster. It only makes the air conditioning compressor stay on longer until the thermostat registers that the temperature goal has been reached. And 60°F is too cold to be comfortable for the large majority people, even when the temperature outside is over 100°F. You will end up draining power to keep the air conditioning on longer—only to have the final result be too cold.
What’s the best setting for the thermostat? It depends on the people in your household, but keeping it steady between 70 and 78°F will be comfortable for most households—and it will result in around 25% reduction in your cooling bills.
If you need professional air conditioning services this summer in Nashville, TN or the Middle Tennessee area, call on the experts who have served the region since 1970: Mid-State Air Conditioning and Heating.