19 Sep How to Use Your Thermostat To Save Money
As the temperature continues to stay uncomfortably hot, your electric bill continues to stay uncomfortably high. In this blog post, we outlined a few ways to maximize your AC system’s energy efficiency. Today we are going to look at how to save money with your thermostat.
Regardless of what type of thermostat you have, Energy Star recommends setting your interior temperature to 78 degrees to cool your home. Keep in mind that where your thermostat is located matters. If your thermostat is located near a supply or return vent or in direct sunlight, it will have a harder time accurately measuring the temperature in your home.
If you have a programmable thermostat, set it 5 degrees higher when you are away from your home compared to what it is set to when you are at home. Resist the temptation to turn off your unit completely when you are away. This will actually cost you more money because it will take your home longer to cool and make your system work harder to return to a comfortable temperature when you return.
Other Tips and Tricks
- Do use blinds and blackout curtains to block out the sun and trap cool air inside. It is cheaper to keep your blinds closed and turn on the lights than it is to keep them open and keep your thermostat at a lower temperature.
- Do use fans. Keep in mind that fans will help keep you cool when you are in the room but their only function in an unoccupied room is to run up your electricity bill. Fans don’t actually change a room’s temperature, they simply cool the skin of the person in the line of air flow.
Avoid Common AC Pitfalls
- Don’t close off rooms or vents in an effort to reduce cooling unused rooms. This is ineffective and will cause your system to work harder or malfunction.
- Don’t close your thermostats temperature by more than 5 degrees up or down. EVER. This will cause a strain on your HVAC system and will not cool your home faster.
- Don’t forget to change your filters regularly.
- Don’t forget to have your HVAC system regularly checked and maintained.
When the temperatures reach extremes you are going to see an increase in your electric bill. A big chunk of that bill is going to be from your AC working overtime. We hope you find the above tips helpful in keeping your energy usage and costs in check this summer. Stay cool.