Thermostat Settings: Misconceptions and Misuse
Summer is the time of year when we want to spend our money on vacations, barbeques, and water parks, not pay extra each month to keep our homes comfortable. Luckily, this is potentially an easy fix—it’s possible that you’re wasting money due to not using your thermostat correctly.
1. Leaving your thermostat on the same setting
Many homeowners set their thermostat to one setting and forget about it. But some studies have shown that doing this can actually waste upwards of nearly $180 a year in higher energy bills. To help counter this, change your settings when you’re going to be gone for more than 8 hours (a typical work day). In south Florida, if it’s hot enough to warrant using the air conditioner, raise the temperature somewhere between 5°F and 8°F before you leave and set it back when you get home. If you can’t remember to change it each morning, consider installing a programmable thermostat or even a smart thermostat that you can program over Wi-Fi.
2. Turning down your A/C to make it “cool faster”
Some homeowners think that they can set their thermostat a few degrees lower than they actually want to help the AC work faster to cool their home. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. AC units only work at one speed—therefore by using this “trick,” homeowners are just making their unit work longer to reach the low setting and raising their energy bills. Instead, simply set your thermostat to your desired temperature. If you think that it is taking too long to cool down your home, call the professionals at American Air Cares to schedule a visit.
3. Using the WRONG fan setting
Did you know that there’s a right way and a wrong way to set your fan? Keeping your fan on the “ON” setting is the wrong way as it simply makes your fan run constantly, regardless of the temperature of the room. Setting your fan on “AUTO” is the RIGHT way because the blower turns off when the room reaches the desired temperature, ultimately saving you money.
If you are considering installing a programmable or smart thermostat, call American Air Cares to discuss the best options for your particular system and needs. Our state-certified, licensed, and insured air conditioning and heating specialists are here to help you stay comfortable without breaking the bank.