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.