This year, make comfort a little bit easier on yourself and your family. Air conditioning can cost quite a bit to run, which makes summer an expensive time in a warm, humid climate like ours. And that means you might make thermostat adjustments that make the people in your home feel a lot less comfortable, raising the temperature for long periods or shutting off the air conditioner completely when you’d rather not.
One potential solution is a simple one: upgrading the thermostat. The thermostat is not, of course, the part of your air conditioner using the most energy. (You can blame that on the compressor and the motors.) While a new thermostat alone may not reduce energy usage, finding a thermostat with advanced programming options makes it easier for you to set it efficiently without feeling uncomfortable.
Thermostat Too Basic?
Many people upgrade their air conditioners or install brand-new units without ever updating the thermostat. While thermostats can be universal, working with a number of brands and models, a basic thermostat won’t do the trick if you want to use the air conditioner efficiently.
Often, manual thermostats without many programming controls stay at the same temperature for long periods of time, with people forgetting to update settings when they leave the home. Or, if you do turn off the thermostat before you leave the house, you return to an unbearably hot home hours later.
Use Your Programmable Thermostat Responsibly
When you upgrade to a new programmable thermostat, you get a chance to start over with energy efficiency and comfort in your home. Learn how to use your thermostat in the most efficient way, pre-scheduling weekend settings and weekday settings according to your work schedule and habits.
Take some time to read the thermostat’s manual or meet with a technician to ensure your new thermostat installation works as you need it. The Department of Energy makes the following recommendations for the most efficient summer temperatures:
- Keep the thermostat at an efficient temperature at which everyone in the home can be comfortable. About 78° is sufficient for many households.
- Raise the temperature by 7-10° when you are asleep or away for about 8 hours a day.
The Ultimate Upgrade: A Wi-Fi Thermostat
Wi-Fi thermostats use smart home technology to allow you remote control over the temperature in your home. Your thermostat connects to the Wi-Fi in the home in order to communicate information to an application you can download on your phone or tablet (with login information you can access from a computer).
That means that, while you’re at work or on a trip, you can check on the temperature and make adjustments for comfort, convenience, and efficiency. Turn up the temperature during peak hours if you worry about your bills, and lower the temperature if you plan to come home earlier than expected, so a climate-controlled home is waiting for you. Wi-Fi thermostats even learn your preferences over time, adjusting automatically to your schedule if you enable this feature.
We install Wi-Fi thermostats for air conditioners in Atlanta, GA. For all your air conditioning needs, call the experts—Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.