Whether kids are home from school or weekend guests, modify your thermostat accordingly
The summer has arrived, and with it comes more people at home during the day, like children and visitors. Changes in occupancy mean your air conditioning will need help keeping everyone cool and relaxed whenever the heat spikes.
The best way to help your air conditioner maintain even temperatures is by adjusting your thermostat. A programmable or Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat is the best option for designing a schedule for your home this summer.
Your comfort during the summer depends on your thermostat communicating effectively with your air conditioner. Start the summer off right by programming the thermostat for when you are home, away, and asleep.
If you don't already have a programmable thermostat, consider installing one now for greater control of your indoor climate and better energy efficiency from your air conditioning.
Best Practices for Thermostats and Air Conditioning
Follow the thermostat settings below to enjoy cool temperatures without paying sky-high electric bills this summer!
- Bedtime Temperatures. When you're sleeping, it's the perfect time to let your air conditioning unit take a break and recoup after a long day of cooling your home. About 15 minutes before you and your family go to sleep, program your thermostat to a higher setting by a few degrees.
You might need to experiment with what temperature is comfortable for you while you are sleeping. Even just a few degrees will let your air conditioning rest and reduce your energy consumption.
- Temperatures for Relaxing. Program your thermostat to change settings before you wake up. You will wake up to a cool home without needing to adjust your thermostat manually.
If you want to lower your energy use during the day when you are at home, raise the thermostat a few degrees in the early morning and late evening when the sun's rays aren't beaming directly down on your house.
Your air conditioning will sustain cool temperatures with ideal humidity levels when you are at home without it being forced to work harder than necessary.
- Settings for When You Are Away. Allowing your air conditioning to rest when you're away or on vacation gives your unit a much-needed break, especially during a heat wave.
Program your thermostat to raise 10 to 15 degrees when you are going to be gone for eight hours or more during the day. If you are going out of town, you can program your thermostat to remain at a low temperature until you return home.
If you have pets, be sure to consult with your veterinarian for temperature guidelines. The type of pet and breed may have an impact. Be safe while saving energy.
Prepare with Routine Air Conditioning Maintenance
Is your house bursting at the seams with children home from the summer or guests visiting? You can still achieve ideal temperatures and stay cool when the heat becomes unbearable.
Call Estes Services for preventative maintenance on your air conditioner or installation for a new programmable thermostat in your home. Regular service will help save money on fuel costs. It also extends the useful life of your air conditioning equipment. Need to replace? Call us for a free estimate and helpful financing.