In warmer weather, your bills can really take a turn, since the heat and humidity in our area leave us running the air conditioner for most of the day. Air conditioners contain many parts that require a lot of electricity to run, so in some homes, the AC is responsible for up to half of the energy bill. Using your thermostat wisely can help to cut down on costs and reduce unnecessary wear and tear on your AC system. Here are a few tips to help you cut back.
Replace an older manual thermostat
Sometimes, when a new AC is installed, the homeowner does not opt for a thermostat replacement as well, and they end up using the same old thermostat for years. If your manual thermostat operates with dials or sliders instead of buttons and screens, it’s time for it to go. A digital, programmable thermostat has advanced programming options that allow you much more control over your system throughout the day, even while you are away or asleep.
Keep your thermostat at an efficient temperature
The best recommendation we can give for choosing an efficient temperature is to keep the home as warm as is still comfortable for you, your family, and your guests. We recommend 78 degrees as a starting point. You should also refrain from adjusting your thermostat too frequently, as it uses up a lot of energy to start up.
Program your thermostat ahead of time
If you have a regular schedule, program your thermostat to shut off and turn on according to your needs for the week. Shut off the air conditioning or raise the temperature while you are away, and program the AC to kick back in 20 minutes before you arrive. You may even want to switch to a smart thermostat, which can learn your preferences in about a week, and which adjusts from a smart phone or tablet.
Call A–Professional Heating and Air Conditioning for thermostat installation or any additional HVAC services in Hammond, LA.