You need your air conditioner for comfort during the hot months, but if you’re not careful, you’ll likely incur higher energy costs. One way to manage energy bills is to set your thermostat correctly. You can create a pleasant environment in your Orange, Park, FL, home without seeing skyrocketing utility bills. Follow this guide to set your thermostat for maximum energy efficiency.
Optimize Temperature Settings
Your air conditioner should keep you comfortable no matter how hot it gets outside. Although you want to keep cool during summer, be careful not keep the temperature lower than necessary. The greater the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the harder the unit has to work. If your AC is always running, it will consume more energy. To reduce your energy usage, you should set the temperature as high as possible without sacrificing comfort.
How to Set Your Thermostat
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends a setting of about 78 degrees while you’re at home. You can adjust above or slightly below the recommended 78 degrees. Ultimately, you will need to set the temperature that works best for your household. Note that for each degree you increase your thermostat, you can improve energy savings. Consequently, you will increase energy usage for each degree you lower the temperature.
Use Programmable Features
If you have a programmable thermostat, you can take advantage of its features to reduce your energy costs. You can program your thermostat to change the indoor temperature at different times of the day according to your schedule. For example, you can set your thermostat to a higher temperature while you are away at work. The programming function will enable it to restore a more comfortable temperature by the time you return.
When you use your thermostat correctly, you strike the perfect balance between comfort and cost. If you’re ready to install a new thermostat or repair your current thermostat, contact Cool Connections, Inc. today at 904-685-1582.
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