How to Make the Best Use of Your Thermostat

Trinity, TX gets its share of hot summers, and that means your air conditioner should be the focus of your attention in the next few months. But you shouldn’t overlook the role that a good thermostat plays in the process. Thermostats act as the control panel for your system: the point at which you exercise complete control over when the air conditioner is used and, as a consequence, how much its use will cost you. Everyone wants a cool, comfortable home in the summer months, but no one wants to pay any more than is necessary for it. The thermostat is one of the best ways to do that. Here’s a few tips that demonstrate how.

Program Yours Judiciously

Many people mistakenly assume that, because the air conditioner takes more energy to power up than it does to simply run, that they should run it all day. That’s very wasteful and can cost you a great deal. At the same time, no one wants to come home to a hot house at the end of the day. Programmable thermostats let you turn the air on ten minutes before you get home, so that the house is nice and comfortable without having to waste all those hours cooling it.

Set Temperature Levels Carefully

Energy rates tend to go down in the evening, when temperatures cool off and it costs less to run the system. Use your thermostat’s programmable features to automatically shift the temperature down a few degrees once the sun goes down, allowing you to enjoy cooler air without having to pay so much for it.

Compensate for Higher Humidity

High humidity levels make your home feel hotter than it is, necessitating lower settings on your air conditioner. Make sure you note those times and make adjustments to your thermostat to match them. A daily weather report, broken down by hour, can be very helpful in this regard.

Call Ardon Maintenance for more tips making best use of your thermostat.

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