AC Service | Set Your Thermostat Right to Save Money and Energy
AC Service | If you’re not home, leave the air conditioning off
Air conditioning is designed for your comfort, but what good does that comfort do you if you aren’t home for it? Granted, coming home to a cold home in winter or a hot house in summer can feel miserable, but the unpleasantness is temporary as turning on the air conditioning improves the temperature within a few minutes.
Throw it on once you get home, if you need it, and it shouldn’t take long for the home’s temp to normalize. People who work during the day in hot locales benefit most from this approach.
Set the thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer
The normal comfort zone temperature sits around 72-73 degrees, but an air conditioner isn’t a highly scientific machine. In hot weather, air conditioners only blast cooling freon with air into the room until its internal thermometer reaches the indicated temperature, then stops until it goes a couple degrees above, then starts again until it returns to that temperature, and back and forth it goes.
The difference in where you set the thermostat only affects how much cold air it blows into the room. The lower temperature at which you set the thermostat in summer, the more air it blows in.
Setting the thermostat at 78 degrees typically keeps enough cool air in the room for comfort. Unless you developed a keen temperature sensitivity, you won’t likely notice the difference between 73 degrees and 78 degrees. But your electric bill will certainly show it, as your A/C will not run as frequently, and as long. And if you spend the day outside in the heat, coming inside to 78 degree indoor air feels a lot better anyway.
Make sure air circulates during the summer
Buy oscillating fans and use them in each room. On milder days, shut off the A/C, crack the windows and try to get by on just circulated air as long as you can. Often, air feels hotter simply because it stagnates indoors and doesn’t circulate.
Find inexpensive excuses to go out
Since you won’t use your A/C when you’re not home (right?), try to spend time away from home during your free time, so you have an excuse not to use the A/C. Go to a bookstore. Go out to dinner. Go to a concert, go run some needed errands, go hang out with friends… anything to get out of the house… and remember to shut off your thermostat before you leave, of course. (Obviously, if you drive, try to multitask so you don’t drive too much, or you may use so much gas that it offsets any cost savings)
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